Past Events

  • Heart & Soul Training
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    Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern

    Learn the important first steps in a Community Heart & Soul™ project. The 60-minute webinar will provide insight into forming a core team, assessing community readiness, understanding community networks, designing an engagement strategy and spreading the word! Join Orton Director of Programs Alece Montez Griego and Senior Associate Leanne Tingay for this presentation with opportunity for Q & A. 

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  • CommunityMatters Event
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    Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern

    Is your downtown succumbing to vacant and decaying historic buildings? To combat downward momentum, Rick Hauser, mayor of Perry, New York, and owner of In. Site: Architecture developed Main Street, LLC, a community-based for-profit development corporation. Main Street, LLC recognizes the quantitative and qualitative benefits of reversing neglect and urges people to “put their money where their house is.”

    On May 15, Rick joins CommunityMatters® and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) for a 60-minute webinar. He’ll offer new insights into a longstanding challenge for towns and small cities—getting the ball rolling to overcome vacancy and blight in key downtown locations.

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  • Heart & Soul Talks
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    Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern

    Hear how Community Heart & Soul™ offers a way to involve everyone—from business owners to neighbors—in planning and development that leads to lasting results. The bottom line: knowing what a community wants upfront reduces risk for developers, increases investor confidence and makes possibilities happen in a way that benefits community members and investors.  Listen to this lively call on how Heart & Soul sparks transformation with Jared Duval, economic development director, Vermont Department of Economic Development and Orton Family Foundation trustee; Daniel Stevenson, director of economic and community development, Biddeford, Maine, and Patrick Wright, executive director, Gardiner Main Street, Gardiner, Maine. 

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  • Heart & Soul Training
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    Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern

    Alece Montez-Griego, Orton Family Foundation director of programs and Meagan Picard, senior associate with Orton, lead an interactive webinar that will give participants insight into what makes Community Heart & Soul a powerful, results-oriented and successful approach to community development and planning. Researched and field tested for more than a decade, Community Heart & Soul increases participation in local decision-making and empowers residents to shape their communities to uphold the unique character of each place based on what matters most to them. This hour-long overview is the first in a series of four online trainings this year.

     

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  • Heart & Soul Talks
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    Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern

    Achieving community-wide participation is an admirable but challenging goal. Identifying the multiple layers of community can be the difference between success or failure of a project. Orton’s Community Network Analysis (CNA) brings fresh new voices and solutions to the table and is a powerful way to understand who lives, works, and plays in your town and how best to reach them.

    Alece Montez-Greigo, Orton’s director of programs, explains the tool. Community Heart & Soul project coordinator Alexis Halbert of Paonia, Colorado, and Gabrielle Ratté Smith, senior associate for strategic partnerships at Orton and of Essex, Vermont, join her to share their on-the-ground experience with CNA. 

     

  • Heart & Soul Talks
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    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern

    Find out all about Community Heart & Soul™ and how the method has led to significant, measurable change for the better in small towns and rural communities. This FREE webinar was recorded on Nov. 5, 2014.

    • Intro to Community Heart & Soul: Orton Family Foundation Executive Director David Leckey on how discovering what matters most in a community leads to real, positive change.
    • Get to Know the Community Heart & Soul Field Guide: A brief overview of the field-tested method with Alece Montez-Griego, programs director at Orton.
    • Heart & Soul—Steering change: Mike Bestor, city manager, Golden, Colorado and Delilah Poupore, executive director Heart of Biddeford, Biddeford, Maine share how Heart & Soul transformed their towns.
    • Q&A with questions from the audience.

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