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Strong Communities

Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits Spark Private Investment

Downtown and village center revitalization receives a big boost in the form of $2.8 million in state tax credits for 24 projects, supporting over $40 million in building improvements. Since 1998, almost 400 projects in more than 100 communities have used more than $30 million in tax incentives to help bring existing buildings up to code and put others back into use. Notable projects include, the rehabilitation of the New Avenue House in St. Johnsbury, the Springfield Co-op, the Corner School Resource Center in Granville, and the Bag Balm Building in Lyndonville. For a complete list of projects, visit the website and read the Forbes article highlighting the tax credits impact in Vermont.

Paul Bruhn, 1947-2019

We were deeply saddened to learn of Paul Bruhn’s passing. Paul was the Executive Director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont for nearly 40 years. Vermont’s quality of life, sense of place, economy, and brand were profoundly shaped by his decades of advocacy for the state he loved so much. While Paul will be dearly missed, we are comforted to know that Vermonters will continue to benefit from his extraordinary generosity, vision, leadership, and many contributions to keep Vermont’s downtowns and villages strong and vital. A celebration of Paul’s life is scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2019 at 1pm at Shelburne Farms.

Working Communities Challenge

Up for a community-changing challenge? We thought you might be. The State of Vermont, philanthropic partners, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston teamed up to launch the Working Communities Challenge to help strengthen Vermont communities. The challenge is a three-year, $300,000 grant competition that brings private, public, and nonprofit sectors together to tackle problems and address local economic issues. Letters of interest are due November 1, 2019.

How Can Planning Be Better in Vermont?

We want to hear from you – tell us how we can help your community plan for the future. For over 30 years, Municipal Planning Grants have helped towns of all sizes create shared visions, define goals, and implement local priorities and projects. Please complete this quick survey to help us keep the MPG program strong and serve communities better. Early responders can win a chance for a free conference registration.

Electrifying Vermont's Roads

We’re putting those Volkswagen "diesel gate" funds to good use – the State of Vermont invested more than $1 million to build out Level 2 and fast charge stations in 30 projects across the state. The remaining $1.7 million will be invested in fast charge stations on priority highway corridors supporting the state’s goal – fast charge stations within 30 miles of every Vermonter. A request for proposals will be announced later this fall.

State Seeks Input on Community Development Priorities

You have a closer view of your community’s housing needs than we do; that’s why we’re asking for your help. The Department of Housing and Community Development invites you to participate in a survey about your community’s needs for public facilities, job creation, housing, and homelessness. Your input will help prioritize $10 million in state investment and inform the Housing and Urban Development’s Consolidated Plan.

Grants to Preserve Historic Barns

Vermont’s gorgeous historic barns are critical to the state’s sense of place, working landscape, and economy. The state offers matching grants up to $15,000 to non-profit organizations, municipalities, and individuals to preserve and maintain these agricultural treasures. To qualify, barns must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The application deadline is Nov. 4 and applications are available online. For more information, contact Caitlin Corkins.

Training Opportunities

Upcoming training and events

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming grants and incentives
Enabling Great Neighborhoods, One Bylaw at a Time
This summer, the State launched Zoning for Great Neighborhoods, a project to help Vermont communities improve local regulations and grow housing opportunities in walkable places. The project will provide tools, guidance, and example bylaw language that offers practical solutions to enable more housing choices in and around downtowns and villages. Led by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, the project is supported by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, AARP-VT, and the Vermont, Green Mountain and National Association of Realtors. It draws on national and regional expertise from the nonprofit CNU and Vermont’s Regional Planning Commissions. Stay tuned for the toolkit’s release in spring 2020.
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