Small Towns, BIG IDEAS

Small Town Economic Development

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

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Individual Ended $89 $2.23
Small Group 2-5 Participants Ended $170 $4.25
Large Group - Over 5 Participants Ended $250 $6.25

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