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Associate Professor, Emeritus
Community Development & Applied Economics
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:Community, planning, policy, development, transportation, rural studies, Vermont
Biography:Fred Schmidt(retired in 2010 but available for project work and consulting)founded and directed UVM's Center for Rural Studies, a consortium of activist scholars, students, citizens, consumers, state agencies and legislators who have collaboratively built an immense information base oriented to local decision making. Data regarding local demographics, land use, housing, income, occupation, economic and political activity are found at the CRS web site. These indicators are particularly useful in program evaluation and impact analyses. For additional information on CRS go on line to In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses in both domestic and international community and rural development, Schmidt has developed a significant portfolio of training units appropriate for youth, citizens and community groups. Elements of the package are amenable for certification in leadership and community development. His expertise also includes design of program evaluation, especially those effots that impact local populations and shape our land and resource use. Schmidt's community and service activities have included membership on the Shelburne Paths Committee, the local Board of Civil Authority, town planning commission, the Board of Chittenden County Transportation Authority, Vermont's Institute for Government, Vermont Rural Development Council and the National Community Transportation Association (including service as chairman of the Board). Fred works with local government, non-profits, planners and organizers, farmer's markets, public transit providers and other citizen groups.