This webinar provides information on how to access and use the community input, data, and mapping resources that have been collected during the first phase of the Vibrant Futures project. Watch the webinar for full details.
From restoring historical buildings to enhancing septic systems, this series of case studies will highlight examples of successful small-town collaboration for economic development. Revitalizing downtown economies is the focus of these case studies set in rural towns across America. Follow the link to more stories and resources.
These Montana Operation and Maintenance Technical Assistance Reports provide insight into 12 small, rural drinking water systems in Northcentral Montana. Within the reports are resoures and discussions surrounding challenges to rural water systems and infrastructure maintenance along with potential solutions and upkeep strategies.
This weblink leads to a collection of reports specific to the state of Montana that cover a variety of topics from wildlife to economic development to land use. All of the Follow the link to see what’s available.
This resource provides a best practice model for generating buy-in for planning projects through community member storytelling. By emphasizing the connections that people have to place, planning leaders can encourage communities to invest in creating plans and projects for the future of that place for which they have such a connection. Read further for details and visit the website for more resources on the Heart and Soul method of community development.
This study, conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy, analyzes the potential for six different renewable energy sources in the US, including Utility-Scale Photovoltaics, Wind, Solar, Biopower, Hydrothermal, and Geothermal. Researchers based their methods and analyses on renewable resource availability and quality, topographic limitations, technical system performance, environment, and land-use constraints. Method details and findings are available in the full report. Click here for the website.
A major component of planning for conservation and land use is establishing partnerships among community leaders, private land owners, and governmental entities. This resource provides guiding principles on forming and maintaining an integral network of partners for effective land use practices and policy. Read more for step-by-step engagement processes and additional resources.
This resource examines the development of small town community economies by revitalizing local businesses and building on local resources. Provided are three different case studies of small towns throughout the U.S. that turned dwindling economies into well developed economic centers. Click the link to see the full story!
Over 1.7 million people within the United States are living without basic plumbing facilities. Explore this document from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership that outlines the current water and sanitation situation in the U.S. and provides implementation examples for improving access to water and sanitation services in rural areas.
This document provides detailed guidance on how to form and maintain successful networks for strategic collaboration. The resource contains accounts of communities in different areas of the US that have formed networks of organizations to accomplish positive development and economic wealth within their rural communities.