May 1, 2015

Challenging Communities to Envision their Economic Future

As our economy recovers from the impact of the Great Recession, we have to remember that it wasn’t just individuals who were deeply affected; municipalities and local governments also suffered devastating consequences. Local governments saw a dramatic reduction in their tax base, forcing them to reduce services and think of creative ways to operate while […]

April 2, 2015

Communities Reinvent Themselves with the Help of the Arts

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Crossed posted from I just returned from a powerful gathering of innovative leaders and doers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. For three days in March, more than fifty participants from arts and cultural organizations, federal/state/local government agencies, and rural economic development organizations gathered for Art + Leadership: Powering Rural Economies conference.