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.
“One of the most dramatic demographic shifts in the history of our nation will occur over the next three decades, as the elderly population is expected to more than double in size” (Housing Assistance Council). This article examines the need for affordable senior housing given the increasing population of elderly citizens. Read the article for more information and links to additional resources.
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!
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 work focuses on policy-making based on collaboration between public and private landowners for the conservation of rangeland and grazing land in the Midwest. Used for ranching, recreational activities, and wildlife conservation, the grasslands of the west are highly valuable to both the public and to ranchers. This document provides recommendations for policy that provide satisfactory solutions to communities for both the conservation and use of rangelands.