Newport's Downtown Renaissance

What does the downtown organization working on the downtown renaissance in Newport Vermont do?

The mission of Newport City Renaissance Corporation, a private nonprofit volunteer organization consisting of business owners, municipal leaders, community organization leaders, and residents, is to serve as a catalyst for economic and community development in Newport’s designated downtown district and the greater Newport City area by

–1. Advancing and enhancing the economic environment,
–2. Developing a cohesive and welcoming City design, and
–3. Promoting the City as tourism and investment destination.

We work for outcomes, ie, results with positive changes that build our community, not just outputs.

Join us to learn more and be part of the action:

  • Design Committee: Every 3rd Friday of the month, 8a - 9a in the conference room of the Community Financial Services Group's office on the 2nd floor of the Hebard State Building
  • Economic Development Committee: Every 2nd Thursday, 8a - 9a in the large conference room on the 2nd floor of the Hebard State Building on Main Street, Newport
  • Marketing Committee: Not currently meeting

The Newport City Renaissance Board of Directors meet every last Friday of the month in the conference room of the Community Financial Services Group, 8a - 9a.

The Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) was founded in July 2007 as an independent non-profit organization the same year Newport received Vermont Downtown designation. Six fast years later, in 2013, for the third year in a row, NCRC received national accreditation from National Main Street Program meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and recognizing its team of over 100 volunteers outstanding performance as a catalyst for economic development in downtown Newport, VT. On 26 November 2012, Newport's status as a Vermont Designated Downtown was renewed for another five years (2012 - 2017).

Groundbreaking accomplishments:

  • Newport is 1st in VT to receive grant from American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a Regional/Urban Design Assitance Team (R/UDAT) (2009)
  • Newport is 1st in the state of VT to adopt form-based code streamlining the permit process for developers while maintaining the fabric of the downtown's architecture (2010)
  • Leading advocacy for expansion and enhancement of the Newport State Airport (EFK) (2007-ongoing)
  • Leading establishment of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) that includes Newport and surrounding communities (2010-2013)
  • Newport City Renaissance Corporation is one of only 6 out of 23 VT downtowns to received accreditation from National Main Street Program (2013) and one of only 5 in VT to receive accreditation in 2011 and 2012.
  • Read the Changemaker. Playbook. 2011.
  • Newport was awarded an unprecedented CommunityMatters grant from Vermont's Orton Family Foundation for a workshop on how to work together more effectively and productively as a community with government and others. See attachments below for useful information on the strategic doing.

Newport City Renaissance works to advance and enhance the economic environment, development of a cohesive and welcoming City design and promoting Newport City as a destination for tourism and its competitive edge for business investment. 

More business. More jobs. More customers. Newport is Open for Business.

Newport City Renaissance Corporation Board of Directors

  • Rob Hodgkins. Jay Peak Resort. Chair.
  • Terrie McQuillen. Community National Bank. Treasurer.
  • Ross MacCormack. Air Canada (retired).
  • Aime Conrad Bellavance. Fred's Plumbing and Heating. Secretary.
  • Kim Butler. Downs, Rachlin, Martin. Vice-Chair.

Newport City Renaissance Corporation's Committee Chairs

  • DESIGN: Jen Black Leithead. Consultant.

Newport City Renaissance Corporation Staff:

Information. Involvement. Contact. Newport City Renaissance Corporation ( or 802.323.0599).