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.

CIVIC LIFE

'To Arrive Where We Started and Know the Place for the First Time'

The America that Americans Don't Know About, and Why That Matters

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.

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.

BEER

The Local Tavern: A Glimpse of America’s Past Present Today

One of the most important things modern America shares with the people who founded the country is the sense of community and fellowship that comes with sharing time at the local tavern.

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

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.

Economic & Business Development

Paradise Duluth

Postcard of the old Clyde Iron Works in its prime, via Perfect Duluth Day. As part of the unfolding saga of start-up businesses as the crucial creators of new jobs, and of particular start-ups like craft breweries (along with tech incubators, arts companies, manufacturing “maker spaces,” and others) in bringing life to fringe areas of recovering cities, I talked […]

Economic & Business Development

On National Beer Day, Craft Brewers Improving Water, and Life,

In More Ways than One

Economic & Business Development

Craft Breweries:

No, I'm Not Kidding, They Actually Matter in Civic Development!

Economic & Business Development

Three Ways of Thinking About Fresno (and Why You Should Care)

A beleaguered city shows the path toward revival.

Economic & Business Development

The Hard Road to Making Hard Liquor

A look at a nascent distillery in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley