David Thornell is the author of Small Town Solutions: An Economic Development Guide for Small Communities with BIG Dreams
You don't need a study. Everyone knows at least one thing that needs improvement. Start there.
If people can benefit from anti-resolutions, why can't communities?
Rural towns must focus on what they have - their residents, leaders, students, workforce, and businesses - before looking elsewhere.
Rural communities must keep as many companies, residents, and students out of the transfer portal as possible.
Do your current businesses have what they need to operate efficiently and grow?
Most people are not natural problem-solvers, and communities are no different.
Size can be a massive advantage for smaller communities when bringing various parts of their community together.