Upkeep


Recovery must be vigilantly maintained.
Apathy is always waiting in the shadows to take hold again. It is critical that a community is vigilant in terms of maintaining its new standards and ensures decline is not allowed to talk hold again. This phase is recognition that a community has successfully achieved recovery and is working to protect that progress.


Assistance

Civic Wellness Assessment

It’s easy to lose sight of what you set out to do and sometimes a fresh set of eyes can help you see what is right in front of you. All too often communities become numb to conditions, organizations and efforts starting to slip. The Wellness Assessment is an honest look at the core of a community. Through this process, participants will have the opportunity to take a cold hard look at how their town looks, feels and functions from an outsider’s perspective and provide direction as to how those issues can be addressed.

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October 17, 2019

Accepting of Anything… Proud of Nothing.

At some point, we have to draw a line. We have to make a choice. We have to decide that something is unacceptable, lest everything become acceptable and we acclimate
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June 18, 2019

Setting the Standards

As is becoming a welcome routine, I joined my neighbor for beers on his front porch last Friday, for what he calls “porch pirating.” We cover a range of topics
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June 4, 2019

Own Your Issues

Sometimes I really struggle to figure out how people come to their conclusions. Some of the widely accepted solutions to combat community decline are fascinating. Often they have little to
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May 14, 2019

It’s Not the Red Tape, Stupid

Another town and another enlightening conversation with an elected official. Over a cup of coffee, this particular mayor was filling me in on his city's strategy to rebuild their economy.
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April 9, 2019

Pick Up Your Place

We don't often give credit to how much appearances affect us and shape our opinions. We judge nearly everything based on looks. We see the way people dress and groom
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March 4, 2021

Pulled Apart

“This Rural Liberal Sets Out to Talk to His Pro-Trump Neighbors” was the title of the article my mother passed along. In the piece, the author attempted to connect with
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