rural development

We’re beginning a Brownfield Project in Swanton, VT

We’re beginning a Brownfield Project in Swanton, VT

This month, we started a Targeted Area Wide Plan in Swanton, VT.  The project is sponsored by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission.  We have teamed with Stone Environmental of Montpelier and EDR of Syracuse.  You can visit the project website here.

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Fairweather Consulting & “Successful Main Streets”

Fairweather Consulting & “Successful Main Streets”

Tonight we are presenting our work on creating main street strategies for the hamlets of Phoenicia, Pine Hill and Shokan in the Catskills Mountains of New York. The Watershed Post has the story: The Ulster County Planning Department will be sharing the results of their work to create a “Main Street Strategic Toolbox” for the […]

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In Vermont, will GPI replace GDP?

In Vermont, will GPI replace GDP?

That is, the state legislature is looking to create a “genuine progress indicator” (GPI) to measure the overall health of the State’s economy.  State government is actually looking to use the GPI as a complementary measure to the standard GDP (Gross Domestic Product) or GSP (Gross State Product).  Vermont Digger has the story: Starting next […]

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America’s Greatest Main Streets?

America’s Greatest Main Streets?

Travel and Leisure magazine has put together a list of what they consider to be America’s greatest main streets.  The work of such activists and preservationists is acknowledged each year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great American Main Streets Awards and by the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America: Streets. We scoured […]

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Seen Mr. Joad or Preacher Casey around these parts?

Seen Mr. Joad or Preacher Casey around these parts?

As if the news isn’t depressing enough. Check out this report from the Christian Science Monitor.

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Quasi-Rural Innovation

Quasi-Rural Innovation

No, quasi-rural isn’t a farmer with back problems.  The term refers to small metropolitan areas, like Burlington, VT.  These places sometimes can produce some interesting economic innovations.  (Did you know that the first US patent was granted to a Vermont farmer?)  A recent article in the Burlington Free Press highlights some of the latest in […]

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