I've been coming across more and more information sources regarding how small towns and rural communities can use some of the same tools and strategies the League advocates through our "Center for 21st Century Communities" program.
One of the groups I've been reading from, "ReImagine Rural" recently put out this blog about the importance of so-called "third places" to rural communities. "Third-places" has become the catch-all phrase for the coffee shops, clubs, restaurtants, etc, where people meet to socialize outside their homes.
The blog is a interesting read on why these places matter to rural communities as well. It goes back to what we at the League strongly believe, that the strategies we talk about for creating vibrant, 21st century communities are applicable to any town, large or small, rural, urban or suburban.
If you want to learn more about those strategies visit our "21c3" webpage and sign up for the League convention, October 4-7 in Grand Rapids where place-based strategies will be front and center among the sessions and speakers we'll be featuring.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.