RURAL & REGIONAL

Running Fiber-Optic Cable to Rural Communities Is Part of Maine’s Ambitious Broadband Plan

Maine’s governor has pledged that everyone in the state who wants high-speed internet will be able to get it by the end of 2024. In just one small, Down East town, that means installing 60 miles of fiber-optic cable.

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

What Midwest Industrial Communities Can Teach About Managing Economic Change

With a great convergence on both sides of the Atlantic around the urgent need to diminish geographic economic disparities and opportunity gaps — particularly those between thriving global city regions and struggling communities in industrial heartlands – there are growing efforts to learn from each other.

BIG LITTLE IDEAS

'Uniting Americans through Service: How California is Leading'

California's Chief Service Officer discusses the California Volunteers' initiatives -- the impact CalVols is having in the state, and how it serves as a model nationwide at Jefferson Educational Society Global Summit event at the University of Redlands.

PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: John Kropf

John Kropf discusses his latest book, 'Color Capital of the World: Growing Up with the Legacy of a Crayon Company', which explores Sandusky, Ohio's innovative industrial heritage and his family's role in it.

BIG LITTLE IDEAS

'America is the most interesting place in the world at this moment'

Deb and Jim Fallows discuss the Our Towns journey with Brett Hollenbeck on 'The Impact Code' podcast.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

3 reasons local climate activism is more powerful than people realize

Research and history suggest that local action is more powerful than many people believe.

COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

‘How America’s Towns are Writing the Future of the Country’

Residents, coaches, reporters discuss local-level community revitalization initiative at Jefferson Educational Society Global Summit event.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

Trees Bring Hope, Healing, and a Look to the Future for Western Kentucky Tornado Victims

A tree grower joins forces with a local organization to replant some of the trees lost in Kentucky during tornadoes of late 2021.

COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

A Year in Renew, A Year-in-Review: The Stories from 2022 of American Renewal

The Our Towns team looks back at the stories of local-level ideas that are driving and inspiring renewal nationwide.

COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

2022: A Year in Renew, Continued!

A continued look back at the stories of local-level ideas that are driving and inspiring renewal nationwide. 

COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

2022: A Year in Renew

A look back at some of the stories of local-level ideas that are driving and inspiring renewal nationwide. 

Big Little Ideas

How Local Governments Can Engage Residents of All Ages

When community members can't, or don't, or won't, go to town halls to attend local government meetings, some local elected officials have found a way to go to their constituents.

RURAL & REGIONAL

New Podcast Highlights Transformations Taking Place In Rural America

“Reimagine Rural” from the Brookings Institution showcases communities across America that are in the midst of renewal.

PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: Josh Fryday, California's Chief Service Officer

National division might grab headlines, but the story of uniting citizens through service in California is growing.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

Push for Electric Ag Equipment in Oregon Is Led by Independent Groups

With volatility being an integral part of farming, electric ag equipment could bring some predictability to farmers’ energy use and consumption, say experts.

PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: Scott and Tiffany Whaley

Feeding, sustaining, and building community in Kershaw, South Carolina through KARE.