Category Archives: community revitalization

The Local Crowd: Building a Crowdfunding Ecosystem Across Rural America

Laramie, Wyoming may not be the first place you would look for an innovative experiment in digital age economic revitalization. And at first glance, Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent might not fit the image of change agents. But the pair has been quietly building a crowdfunding ecosystem across rural America that is helping communities lift […]

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Revitalizing Local Communities With Popup Shops

Local retail is a crucial to a community’s economic health and vitality. Local stores invest 68 cents for every dollar they receive back into their neighborhood. They also increase the perception that a block is less vulnerable to crime and, as result, boost safety, says Sarah Filley, the founder of Popuphood, a startup that incubates small […]

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Arts-Based Placemaking is Revitalizing Communities. Could it Help Yours?

Arts-based Placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies and leads to increased innovation, cultural diversity, and civic engagement. The benefits of using arts and culture to tap into a place’s unique character extend well beyond the art world. Across sectors and at all levels, leaders and policymakers […]