COMMUNITIES THAT WORK

Kershaw invests in community with new ideas in old spaces

A train depot that’s a museum. A bank branch building that’s become a library. Another former bank that is serving as an early education center. Here is how this South Carolina town is repurposing buildings of the past to build up its future.

PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: Tighe Bullock

Evan Sanford catches up with Tighe Bullock, the accountant, lawyer, downtown developer, and construction contractor, on his latest work in Charleston, West Virginia.

ENTREPRENEURS & MAKERS

Uplifting American Spirits

Branch & Barrel Distilling, in Centennial, Colorado, shows how an interdependent community-based economy can raise spirits for an entire region.

RURAL & REGIONAL

A Dining-room Meeting Begins a New Chapter in One Town’s Story

As Isaac and Heidi Tucker saw it, there was no use in waiting for their town to improve itself. Instead, they took action, and are rallying renewal efforts in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania today.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

A Look at Lobstering and Craftsmanship

Eastport, Maine has a long history of resilience. It’s still there today in Elijah Brice.

GEOJOURNALISM

Why Story Maps Matter

People understand the world through stories. People absorb their stories in ever-expanding ways. Here is a preview of a powerful, emerging form of digital story-telling, which we’ll be using frequently in this space.

BEER

The Local Tavern: The Tradition Continues at Max Taps-Centennial

Entrepreneurship. Gatherings of friends and colleagues. Industry leadership. Great American traditions. These are prime ingredients of successful local community taprooms. And there's a new one in Centennial, Colorado building community.

LOCAL HEROES

Max Taps Supports Marshall Fire Victims

In the wake of one of the costliest fires in U.S. history, a local establishment is leading a local response effort to support those in need.

IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES

Immigrants and refugees play vital cultural role in the city’s renaissance.

Erie Celebrates World Refugee Day with New Film, Publishes Directory of Refugee-Owned Businesses

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Tighe Bullock is working to building a vibrant, attractive downtown in West Virginia’s capital city.

Revitalizing Charleston, West Virginia Brick by Brick

PANDEMIC

Small-business owners continue working to build community through crisis.

Like many towns and cities, Erie, Pennsylvania long had its identity tied to its industry. The only county of the Keystone State’s 67 located on the Great Lakes watershed – on the lake from which it draws its name – Erie, through the decades, built the reputation for building. But unlike Detroit with its automobiles […]

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

A New Story from West Virginia

Behind the 4,000-square-foot building in the Elk City neighborhood of Charleston, West Virginia, a shed stood alone outside.

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

When a Company Invests in an ‘Underdog City’

The story of how a company that started in one of these places is now involving people and businesses in another—and why that matters in the next stage of equitable American recovery.

Economic & Business Development

How a Small Brewery Can Survive COVID-19

A bellwether business category, figuring out how and whether it can survive.

Economic & Business Development

What happens to small companies now?

The path small, locally conscious firms are taking to survive the current economic and public health disaster.

Economic & Business Development

Will Craft Brewing Survive?

Following up with breweries large and small around the country.