10 Things You Need To Rebuild a Dying Town
It can be done. There are economical reasons why it should be done. There are lots of ways other communities are doing it. But, and its a big but (see what I did there?) a community cannot be saved if there is no "community" to rebuild. Community starts with the people who live there. Here are some things I've observed, learned, been taught and paid attention to: 1. It takes good people on Council who are willing to make changes. Being on Council is a tough, tough job, when you do it...
Down the rabbit holes of historical research
In 1926, in Manor, Council recorded in their minutes a tax exemption for back taxes and further taxes exempted for a Mrs. (name withheld) because the house in question was being run as a 'maternity home' also known as a home for unwed mothers. The tax exemption was to apply "for as long a time as she continues on as a maternity home." Thus, off I go, down the rabbit hole. Let me explain. The purpose of my research is to compare these two communities and figure out why today one comm...
Writing the ARP--a little history
I am writing my ARP (Applied Research Paper) for my MBA in Community Economic Development (CED). I've been working towards this final assignment for 4 years--and I am having a blast. As part of my research, I am reviewing Council Minutes in both Carlyle and Manor, beginning my comparison in 1925--the first year for which there are comparable records. It is my hope that by learning about the impacts historical decision making--with the benefit of hindsight--I can learn what practices work to ...
10 Things Committees Need to Know About Writing A Grant
Almost every person I know is on a committee, and almost every committee I know is seeking funds for something. From bake sales, to chase the ace, from dances with a bar, to lotteries, each of these committees are training to raise funds mostly to improve the quality of life for some sector of our population. Grant writing is an important tool in the tool box for non-profit groups of all kinds. Some organizations depend on grants for their organizational operations, while others look to grant...
Why Trying to Get New Business to Come Doesn't Work
When I read ads from small communities looking for an economic developer, I often notice that part of the job description involves some aspect of marketing the community so that people will bring their businesses from out of town to come and and set up shop in their town. This strikes me on a couple of levels. One, it clearly demonstrates that the committee that is hiring does not realize that no amount of marketing your community to business is going to result in a benefit to your communi...
10 Things Councils Can Do to Support Sustainability
Introduction If you sit on a town, village or hamlet Council, it is important you understand that the decisions you make now, more than ever, will have a direct impact on whether or not your community is still around in the next 10 years. Gone are the days when you can just react to whatever thing is happening outside of your community limits. If your community is going to survive, and eventually thrive, it is time you started considering the following essentials when it comes to sustaining ...
10 Things to Think About Regarding Asset Management
People living in small populations need to give some serious thought to the sustainability of their communities. I believe sustainability starts with good asset management, meaning in 10 years your community can still provide the same or better quality of life as it does right now. 1. Infrastructure, like water and sewer, was put into these communities with the understanding the communities would maintain them. There is no office you can call that will replace these things for communities ...
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- 7 Things Small Towns Do Better
- Down the rabbit holes of historical research
- Writing the ARP--a little history
- 10 Things Councils Can Do to Support Sustainability
- When Christmas Came to Our House
- The Number One Reason Why Small Towns Deserve Your Tax Dollars
- 10 Things You Need To Rebuild a Dying Town
- 10 Things Committees Need to Know About Writing A Grant
- Why Trying to Get New Business to Come Doesn't Work