Transforming your community for the better doesn’t mean big, expensive, top-down projects. It’s the small neighborhood investments that can make your town or city truly strong.

Transforming your community for the better doesn’t mean big, expensive, top-down projects. It’s the small neighborhood investments that can make your town or city truly strong.

A Live Presentation by Charles Marohn
Strong Towns, Founder and President

April 21st, 12 p.m. CDT

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Risky, low returning projects too often become expensive boondoggles that haunt a community for decades. Public officials and community advocates everywhere are desperately seeking an alternative.

In this free webinar, Strong Towns president Charles Marohn will introduce the “Neighborhoods First” approach to growing a stronger community by making small, incremental investments over time.

By observing how neighbors live their lives, by asking them where their daily struggles are, by getting out on the street and discovering what is actually going on, we can discern what a community’s pressing needs are. These projects are the truly high return investments…and they are all around us.

This presentation will:

  • Demonstrate how to grow financially while taking less risk, all while directly serving the people already living and working in your city

  • How to transition from riskier top-down projects to bottom-up, neighborhood-driven projects that will make your town or city more financially prosperous

  • How to make low-risk investments that pay off higher

  • And how to use these investments to improve the quality of life for all residents.

A portfolio of incremental projects, each building on observed needs and past successes, is the basis of a solid, longterm investment strategy for communities of any size. It is an approach that fits into every budget. It will empower local communities to take control of their own future.

And most importantly, you can get started right now.

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here.

P.S. Are you a local government official, city staff, a member of your city’s planning or transportation committees, or a member of a local advocacy organization? We encourage you to invite members of your team to this webinar, then work together to take collective action toward building a safer, stronger, more financially resilient community.


Venue:   Online

  • Strong Towns Webcasts Transforming your community for the better doesn’t mean big, expensive, top-down projects. It’s the small neighborhood investments that can make your town or city truly strong.
    April 21, 2020
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm