GMP & Efficiency VT Lead New Climate Economy Program

Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) members Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont are leaders in the new Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with Governor Phil Scott and other utility partners to lauch this new program. VCRD will join with these utilities to facilitate a process in two communities annually to help them build and implement locally developed plans modeling state-of-the-art rural development in an age of climate change. The ultimate goal is to create more economically sustainable and “climate smart” communities throughout Vermont. This coordinated rapid approach will include implementing comprehensive efficiencies efforts, transportation system improvements, energy generation, entrepreneurship and business incubation to spur economic progress.

A Request-For-Proposals soliciting applications from communities that are interested in participating in the Model Communities Program was also launched. Communities will have until March 22 to apply. A copy of the RFP and more details about the program can be found here.