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Success Stories

Montpelier: Strategic Plan to Implementation
Learn how Montpelier developed a strategic plan, to bring new businesses, housing, and amenities to help downtown Montpelier become more welcoming, walkable, and vibrant.

Bethel Better Block: Creating a Livable and Vibrant Downtown
Find out how a two-day long experimental transformation in Bethel’s downtown brought the community together to develop creative solutions to address vacant store fronts, pedestrian safety and noise.

Animating Infrastructure: Weaving Art into Everyday Life
Learn more about how art in public spaces can help bring a community together and increase vibrancy, safety and livability. 

Bristol - The Little Town That Could
Bristol is a small town located in Addison County and nestled at the edge of the Green Mountains. In the last decade, investments in public infrastructure and community gathering spaces in Bristol have created a place that is welcoming and walkable for visitors and residents alike. These improvements have fostered private development in a compact and pedestrian-friendly village that retains its historic charm.

Danville Village Green
Partnering with VTrans and the Vermont Arts Council, the community was able to redesign the village green with public art, road improvements and landscape features, making it more pedestrian friendly and inviting to visitors. 

Hardwick's Revival: Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits
Learn about how a tragic fire in the downtown sparked a new direction for Hardwick and how saving one historic building can spur the redevelopment of an entire community. 

Placemaking in Montpelier: How a Single Creative Idea Can Transform a Community
Montpelier began small but used community support and excitement to transform the downtown with a multi-phase public project including parklets, outdoor dining space, and a public arts corridor. 

Planning Manual: Making Plans Matter
Towns that used the new Planning Manual offer advice for updating municipal plans. 

Rebuilding Wilmington: Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits
This classic skiing and recreation town in southern Vermont collaborated to rebuild a downtown economy after the devastation of Tropical Strom Irene.

Renaissance in Barre: Public Improvements Leverage Private Investment
Learn how the City of Barre's investments in streetscape and infrastructure improvements inspired private investment in several prominent downtown blocks, transforming their downtown. 

Transforming St. Albans: Public Improvements Leverage Private Investment
Businesses, property owners and municipal officials worked together with the state to develop a shared vision and take advantage of tax incentives, grants and planning assistance to transform their city center.

White River Junction: Infrastructure Investments Create New Economic Opportunities
 Learn how the state designation programs, local leadership, a vision and Tax Increment Financing helped revitalize White River Junction.

Winooski: Public Investments Spark Revitalization
Once a prosperous mill town, learn how Winooski is reinventing itself with an inclusive vision, strong local leadership and the strategic use of public funding to leverage private investment.