Small Town, BIG IDEAS

Economic development in a small town often requires a heavy dose of long-term thinking, risk taking and blending traditional methods with alternative strategies.

Tough times are not new in rural America. Many communities flounder, yet some thrive. Small Towns BIG IDEAS scoured the country – Oregon to South Georgia – in search of the keys to successful rural economic development. 

Small Towns, Big Ideas is the result of an intensive, yearlong effort to identify and document the stories of small towns that are surviving – and, in some cases, thriving – as hubs of civic and economic activity.

Small Towns BIG IDEAS kept a tight focus on small and rural – from Chimney Rock, NC with 175 people to Helena-West, AR with 15,000 residents – yet it delivers insight to community leaders throughout rural America.


…real stories, from real places that are successfully confronting real challenges

Learn what was discovered along the way through vibrant case studies where people brought communities and economies back to life.


What you will learn…

  • A framework for understanding economic development in small towns
  • Local ingredients for success and innovation in small town development
  • Real examples of how some small towns are moving the needle
  • Innovative assets for modern small town development

Pack the box lunch and brew the coffee. Use this webinar as a launch point for a community discussion. The first rule in rural economic development success is leadership. Be that leader. Forward this invite to your community leaders. Then, bring a group together to participate in the webinar on May 19th and plot your local strategy.


Steps to Success…

  1. Download Small Towns BIG IDEAS
  2. Invite key leaders for a box lunch and webinar
  3. Register your group for the Webinar
  4. Pepper Mr. Lambe with your questions
  5. Launch into a discussion immediately after the webinar to challenge your community


Webinar Details

Small Towns BIG IDEAS                Tuesday, May 19

         2:30 ET / 1:30 CT / 12:30 MT / 11:30 PT

Approximate Run Time                 1 hour 30 minutes with 20 minutes of Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions         FAQ

This webinar is sponsored by NREDA for the benefit of members. The price reflects a 15% discount, a NREDA member benefit.

Name Sales End Price Fee
Individual Registration Ended $74 $1.85
Small Group: 2 - 5 Participants Ended $155 $3.88
Large Group: 6 or More Participants Ended $235 $5.88

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