Heart & Soul Towns

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Gardiner, Maine
A little city with big potential striving to integrate the hopes and desires of diverse community members.
2012-2014
5,700
Bucksport mill

Bucksport Heart & Soul Bucksport, Maine

Bucksport, Maine, is a coastal town that lost its paper mill in 2014.

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Susquehanna River Walk

Heart of Williamsport Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Residents in Williamsport, Pennsylvania are looking to connect across neighborhoods and organizations and, through sharing their stories, craft a common vision for t

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downtown Monticello

Monticello Heart & Soul Monticello, Iowa

There’s great affection for small town life here and a desire to see a future that honors Monticello’s unique character while making it even better.

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Old Main on Knox College campus.

Galesburg Heart & Soul Galesburg, Illinois

Galesburg, Illinois, is home to Knox College and a major rail hub, but the economy suffered when its largest employer left in 2004. 

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McComb Downtown

McComb McComb, Ohio

Midwest village seeks to shape its future with broad involvement from residents, while renewing community spirit that celebrates small town life.

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Belknap Mill

Laconia Heart & Soul Laconia, New Hampshire

As Laconia, New Hampshire, revises its master plan, officials want to be sure residents across the city have the opportunity to be involved. 

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North Fork Valley Heart & Soul Towns of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford, Colorado

Building a sustainable economy across three towns in the Colorado Rockies.

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Polson Heart & Soul Polson, Montana

Stimulating economy and building a more vibrant community in a historic western town with remarkable natural resources.

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Cortez Heart & Soul Cortez, Colorado

Cortez looked to break down barriers to participation in local government, build trust and a culture of collaboration

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Essex Heart & Soul Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction, Vermont

Two towns in northern Vermont learn how to build an enduring future together.

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Gardiner Heart & Soul Gardiner, Maine

A little city with big potential striving to integrate the hopes and desires of diverse community members.

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Damariscotta Heart & Soul Community Planning Damariscotta, Maine

Engaging citizens in long-range planning to help a coastal community monitor growth.

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Biddeford Downtown Master Plan Biddeford, Maine

Working to unite distinct regions, coordinate with mill redevelopment and spur on the creative economy.

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Victor, Idaho

Envision Victor Victor, Idaho

Protecting the character of a small town in a resort area while encouraging diversity and managing growth.

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Golden, Colorado

Golden Vision 2030 Golden, Colorado

Balancing growth with protecting a city’s unique character.

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Art & Soul Civic Engagement Starksboro, Vermont

Using storytelling and the arts to engage citizens and implement strategies to protect and steward the Town’s assets.

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Borderlands Village Innovation Pilot Killingly, Conn. / Exeter, Rhode Island

Helping Borderlands villages protect natural resources while accommodating growth.

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Blaine County, ID

Blaine County 2025 Blaine County, Idaho

Taking charge of change in a fast-growing amenity region.

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Routt County, CO

Routt County Vision 2030 Routt County, Colorado

Developing a collaborative, comprehensive vision for a fast-growing region of stunning natural landscapes and destination resorts.

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