Becky McCray and Deb Brown continue our new series of news and commentaries as part of A Positive View of Rural. Each week, we get together by online video to bring you five news stories or articles you can use in your small town business or revitalization projects. We add our comments and ideas, and always share the links.
I post the audio version here. You can hear it with the audio player above or by clicking this audio link. Deb cross-posts the video version at needalittleadvice.com. You can catch us recording them live on Sundays at 3pm Central time on Blab.im; Deb shares the links in advance from @DebWorks on Twitter each Sunday.
This week’s stories include revitalization, big and small retail changes and building community:
- How a small town in Kentucky revitalized its struggling Main Street with local food, local business http://buff.ly/1TcCcX2
- Wall Street Analysts Predict The Slow Demise Of Walmart And Target http://buff.ly/1oTwM6j The decline of these big boxes is good for Main Street retailers. Important to keep up with all the changes in the retail world.
- Make an Outdoor Office Space http://buff.ly/1SmwQHG Build a sense of community by working outside
- Pop! Fledgling business owners’ dreams come true. http://buff.ly/1OK7b57 18 pop-ups = 17 long-term leases. That’s a success.
- How to Make Friends in the City (or small town): Grow Vegetables Together http://buff.ly/1LLU8jB Give elders a more active role in community building and connect people of different cultures through a common activity.
Our webinar on 8 Innovative Rural Business Models will be March 16, 2016, at 6pm Central time. You’ll find details at http://saveyour.town/webinar