The purpose of this publication is to advance peer learning among rural community practitioners. What makes this project unique is that the final product is more than just another textbook. The project, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, also includes a CD ROM, along with a web site at http://www.heartlandfieldguide.info
This step-by-step leadership approach is perfect for smaller to medium-sized community strategic planning. This comprehensive guide discusses the phases of work involved in community effort and includes practical, hands-on activities for each phase. Published in a 3-ring binder to facilitate duplication and use of materials in a group setting.
Misconceptions about small town vitality are counterproductive to rural community development and often reinforce inaction. By exposing six commonly held "myths" about rural community survival, this booklet allows small town leaders to begin to build on the positive aspects of their communities for a strong future.
This informative booklet is written for the community builder who wants to learn how to manage collaboration at the grassroots level. Learn how the “ARC” method – Alignment, Relationships, and Communication – can help to grow and maintain a collaborative effort. More Info »
Encouraging economic development in small towns takes hard work, commitment and creativity. In this information packed booklet, the Heartland Center outlines five successful development strategies and includes methods and ideas used by small towns working to strengthen and expand their economic development activities.
This book is written for directors of local community development agencies, entrepreneurship practitioners, village managers, or any community leader who embraces change and reaches across regions to connect with people and agencies to strengthen hometown entrepreneurial assets. Visit the companion website to the book at www.energizingentrepreneurs.org.
This new workbook offers a step-by-step guide for community assessment and action planning using the "20 Clues to Rural Community Survival" as a tool for discussion and strategic analysis. Use the workbook to bring your community together to identify hidden strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and to create strategies for short- and long-term development.
In this new edition, The Heartland Center updates its classic study of thriving small towns, including the widely cited "20 Clues to Rural Community Survival," a list of characteristics these winning communities emanate. The soft cover edition also features an in-depth profile of 14 communities in 13 states and 2 reservations, and includes a new More Info »
This guide for starting a comprehensive leadership development program at the town, county, or regional level is written in a straightforward, easy-to-read style. It draws from the Heartland Center's years of experience with small town and rural community leadership development programs and features: Ideas for creating a vital, challenging learning atmosphere Practical, hands-on activities emphasizing More Info »
This guidebook for school and community leaders describes a practical step-by-step approach to public engagement in a process of school reform. Taking a community-based approach, the guidebook will help you and other community leaders work together to envision where your community needs to go and the role your school can play to get there.