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As the Regional Planning Commision, NVDA provides essential planning services for all of our member communities, covering both the small projects and those that span the entire tri-county area.

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NVDA's mission as an economic development resource is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for all of the residents of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

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There are 2,546 miles of roads in the Northeast Kingdom, approximately 18% of the total road in miles in the state, of which 1,501 miles (~59% of regional total) are unpaved. Check out the current road conditions in the region.

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Welcome to the Northeast Kingdom!

The Northeast Kingdom is known for its pastoral landscapes, year-round fun and honest people.


NVDA serves the 55 municipalities in this northeastern corner of Vermont as the Regional Planning Commission. We assist with regional and municipal land use and Transportation Planning.


NVDA also serves the businesses in the Kingdom and encourages sustainable economic growth as the Regional Economic Development Corporation.


We encourage you to discover the rich traditions and natural wonders enjoyed in these three counties of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans.



H.C.R. 377

On April 27, 2016, the Vermont House of Representatives passed a Current House Resolution recognizing the economic vibrancy of the NEK. Thank you to Representative Marcotte and House Co-sponsors for this special recognition.

NEK 2016 REAP Zone Strategic Plan

2016 Rural Economic Action Partnership Startegic Plan for the Northeast Kingdom-


To maintain the REAP Zone designation, the NEK Collaborative works with organizations and communities to develop and maintain a required strategic plan for the Northeast Kingdom. This plan highlights priorities set by the residents, businesses, and organizations across the region for community and economic development.


The full 2016 Plan is available here-  2016 NEK REAP Strategic Plan

2016 Legislative Breakfast Schedule

Legislative Breakfasts will be held in NEWPORT at the East Side Restaurant (7:30am-8:45am) Moderator, William Davies. Jan. 25 / General Discussion; Feb. 22 / Sen Starr, Reps Marcotte & Lefebvre; Mar. 28 / Sen Rodgers, Reps Young & Viens; Apr. 25 / Sen Starr, Reps Strong & Higley; May 16 / Sen Rodgers, Reps Batchelor & Show; June 13 /General Discussion-open to all. ST.JOHNSBURY at the St. Johnsbury House (8:00-9:00 am) the last Monday of Jan through June. Moderator, Gretchen Hammer.

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Ideal office suite in prime downtown St. Johnsbury. 36 Eastern Avenue, Gallery Building.  Approximately 1,080 square feet, 2nd Floor location includes Heat, Electric, Parking. Available now.

Call Shannon at (802) 748-1220 for more information.

NVDA's Board of Directors Elected New Officers for 2016

At NVDA's Annual Meeting on September 17, 2015, the Board of Directors elected officers for 2016: President, Fred Saar (Caledonia County); Vice President, Mark Whitworth (Caledonia County); Vice President, Joel Cope (Essex County); Vice President, John Morley (Orleans County); Secretary/Treasure, Tom Robinson (At-Large).

NVDA Distributes Monthly Economic Development Progress Reports


The NEK Economic Development Initiative was announced in September 2012, by Bill Stenger and partners. NVDA continues to receive inquiries about the NEK projects, employment opportunities, infrastructure improvements, transportation plans, housing impacts, and timelines. To connect and share information, NVDA distributes a monthly e-mail Progress Report containing information on work-in-progress, links and contact information, EB-5 status updates, and meeting announcements.  The Reports are sent electronically at the end of each month to a broad community audience of residents, businesses, municipalities and stakeholders. Back issues are available for reference on this website: Resources & Opportunities / Studies and Reports / Newsletter Archives.