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Better Block Foundation

Better Block Foundation is all about block parties that inspire communities for what's next. Watch a video about its process and download free design guides.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:organization, resource guide
Subtopic:community & capacity development, Community Building,
Tags:community event, community building
Telephone:405-615-2623
Link:webpage

Big Sky EDA, Billings, MT

Building a Vibrant, Healthy Economy

Big Sky Economic Development’s mission is to  sustain and grow Yellowstone County’s vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life, by providing leadership and resources for business creation, expansion, retention, new business recruitment and community development.


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Geography:Billings, MT
Resource Type:Economic Development
Subtopic:Business & Economy,
Tags:Billings, economic development
Telephone:406-869-8401
Link:webpage

Community Builders

Community Builders colloaborates with communitys in "community assistance projects". Areas of assistance include: redevelopment and revitalization, transportation, transportation issues, housing issues, community and regional planning, and economic and policy analysis.


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Geography:Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Resource Type:information source, organization, educational resource, training
Subtopic:data & analysis, surveys & analytic tools, community & capacity development, rural community issues & solutions, redevelopment & revitalization, planning, local government, housing & real estate, Data Collection & Analysis, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing, Local Government & Services,
Tags:community development, community building, transportation, housing, planning, economic development, redevelopment, community revitalization
Telephone:406-225-0065
Link:webpage

The Community Toolbox

The Community Tool Box is a service of the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. The Community Tool Box offers thousands of pages of tips and tools concerning community development topics such as community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and advocacy.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:information source, resource guide
Subtopic:community & capacity development, development & smart growth, local government, collaboration & community engagement, assessment & evaluation, surveys & analytic tools, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing, Local Government & Services, Data Collection & Analysis,
Tags:community development, assessment, planning, leadership, activism, citizen planning, community building, community engagement
Telephone:785-864-0533
Link:webpage

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: How small towns and cities can use local assets to rebuild their economies

This report examines case studies of small towns and cities that have complemented thier recruitment of major employers, manufacturers, and large retailers by successfully emphasizing their existing assets and distinctive resources. Topics discussed in the report include: identifying and building on existing assets, engaging all members of the community to plan for the future, taking advantage of outside funding, creating incentives for community redevelopment and investment, encouraging cooperation within the community and across the region, and supporting a clean and healthy enviornment.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:information source
Subtopic:business assistance, economic development, employment & workforce, collaboration & community engagement, community & capacity development, rural community issues & solutions, redevelopment & revitalization, environmental health & quality, Business & Economy, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing, Issues & Opportunities,
Tags:community development, community revitalization, economic development, environmental quality, citizen planning, incentive, resource development
Telephone:202-564-8497
Link:webpage

The Main Street Guide

From the Main Street Guide from Village Well "Main streets are the thriving heart of the local economy, influencing the economic, cultural, social and environmental fabric of the surrounding area. They are places where people live, work and play; however in recent years, many main streets have been in decline as the rise of online shopping, increased dependence on cars, and big regional shopping centres have dominated the retail scene.

Today, the old-fashioned pattern of local villages serving their communities is in vogue again. Local villages are seen as the key to supporting a healthier, more walkable and sustainable lifestyle, better connected local communities and greater opportunity for local economic development.

It’s becoming more widely recognised that our streets are valuable community assets. Creating a great main street requires a return to human-scale elements (textural building materials, sounds, wafts of delicious food, window shopping, trees, smaller sized retail spaces, park benches), and putting people back as the focus. It requires deep community participation, forward thinking design activities, food, beauty and embedding local identity.

This simple Guide provides 10 key steps to create a great main street and demonstrates that main streets are more than just conduits for traffic and commerce; they are the stages upon which public life is to be celebrated. Enjoy!"


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Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Resource Type:advocacy, information source, process guide, planning guide, educational resource
Subtopic:place making & destination development, community & capacity development, redevelopment & revitalization,
Tags:creating placemaking, creative place making, assessment tool, information
Telephone:
Link:webpage

The New Local Activation Toolkit

From the introduction of The New Local Activation Toolkit: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused far- reaching social and economic impacts and immense challenges that have forced us to quickly alter the way we interacted with our cities, streets, neighbourhoods and public spaces. This has fundamentally challenged our sense of place and the foundations of public daily life.

It is anticipated that our cities, towns and neighbourhoods will experience ongoing repercussions of COVID-19, yet the extent of these are hard to envisage and understand today. One thing that is certain, however,

is that the pandemic has demonstrated incredible examples of community resilience, our ability to come together and keep each other safe, while also creatively enjoying ourselves in whatever way we can. It has also shifted our way of life to a more local scale, and we believe that this ‘New Local’ will be critical in refocusing the role and contribution of community, economic development and placemaking in building resilient cities, towns and neighbourhoods in a post-COVID-19 and climate change world.

We understand that the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 are still emerging
and have not been felt evenly across our communities and regions. Recognising the unique lived experiences, opportunities

and challenges of each place will be an important piece of the puzzle when planning for recovery. Furthermore, as we continue to re-emerge and plan for this recovery, it will be important to mobilise available information and expertise, authentically engage with local communities and leverage existing investment strategically to support capacity building and

amenity improvements, as well as identify creative ways in which to safely welcome communities to meet, socialise, shop and connect locally.

This is what the purpose of this Toolkit is – a guide beside and inspirational tool to kickstart your creative ideation process around ways to build back better by putting people, place and planet first. Alongside some actions specific to this ongoing recovery, this Toolkit also inspires an ongoing narrative around building stronger and more inclusive, regenerative and resilient places and communities. It draws on global examples but mostly focuses on Australian ones, some of which are specific to our ‘place’: Melbourne.


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Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Resource Type:educational resource, planning guide, training
Subtopic:place making & destination development, community & capacity development, arts & culture, local government,
Tags:creating placemaking, creative place making, Local Development, community development, community engagement, community capitals
Telephone:
Link:webpage

Northwest Farm Credit Services

Northwest Farm Credit Service's Rural Community Grant Program provides money for projects such as building or improving facilities; purchasing necessary equipment to facilitate a program; and funding capital improvements that improve a community's infrastructure, viability and/or prosperity.


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Geography:Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
Resource Type:funding resource
Subtopic:funding & financing, community & capacity development, rural community issues & solutions, infrastructure & communications, development & smart growth, Issues & Opportunities, Community Building, Land Use Planning & Housing,
Tags:grants, funding, infrastructure, rural community, financing
Telephone:
Link:webpage

Ohio State University: Building an Entrepreneur Friendly Community

The program and resources contained on this site are intended for use by communities interested in developing a local environment that supports the growth and attraction of entrepreneur operated businesses. Modules will help a community in the creation or strengthening of stronger local support networks for entrepreneurs.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:educational resource, planning guide
Subtopic:community & capacity development, Community Building,
Tags:entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, small business, community development
Telephone:740-607-5177
Link:webpage

Orton Family Foundation

The Orton Family Foundation supports citizens in steering their town's future by discovering the characteristics and attributes valued most in their communities and, then, by placing those shared values at the center of local decision making.


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Geography:United States
Resource Type:process guide
Subtopic:community & capacity development, Community Building,
Tags:community development, leadership, collaboration, community engagement, community building
Telephone:802-495-0864
Link:webpage