A few resources we've discovered that relate to small down redevelopments and communities working together to make them a success.


A collection of case studies in Small Town Community Economic Development, the result of a collaboration between the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center and the School of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is an excellent read about innovation practices for small town development. 



The Orton Family Foundation helps residents of small cities and towns in community planning and development. The approach they use, Community Heart & Soul, increases participation in local decision-making and empowers residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place. The web site contains many success stories of small towns that have used the Community Heart & Soul method to create a strong foundation for short- and long-term success. 



CommunityMatters®, a program of the Orton Family Foundation, equips cities and towns with tools, resources and expertise that communities need to help re-create themselves. The site champions the idea that through transparent, collaborative conversations, communities can steer change at home. Get involved by joining one of its conference calls, receiving email updates or subscribing to its blog