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Mount Blanchard, Ohio
Hoytville, Ohio
Galesburg, Illinois
Laconia, New Hampshire
Bellevue, Iowa
Monticello, Iowa
Canaan, Vermont
Easton, Pennsylvania
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Meadville, Pennsylvania
Newville, Pennsylvania
Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Rockland, Maine
Bucksport, Maine
Woodstock, Maine
Newry, Maine
Greenwood, Maine
Bethel, Maine
Ellensburg, Washington
Winston, Oregon
Hotchkiss, Colorado
Polson, Montana
Gardiner, Maine
Damariscotta, Maine
Victor, Idaho
Crawford, Colorado
Paonia, Colorado
McComb, Ohio
Cortez, Colorado
Essex, Vermont
Golden, Colorado
Biddeford, Maine

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Wilson, New York

Population: 5,900

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San Elizario, Texas

Population: 5,100

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

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Galesburg Community Foundation

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

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South Fork, Colorado

Population: 300

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Mount Blanchard, Ohio

Population: 400

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Hoytville, Ohio

Population: 300

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Galesburg, Illinois

Population: 31,600

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Laconia, New Hampshire

Population: 16,000

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Bellevue, Iowa

Population: 2,100

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Monticello, Iowa

Population: 3,800

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Canaan, Vermont

Population: 900

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Easton, Pennsylvania

Population: 27,000

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Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Population: 29,100

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Meadville, Pennsylvania

Population: 13,200

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Newville, Pennsylvania

Population: 1,300

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Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania

Population: 2,000

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Population: 18,900

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Rockland, Maine

Population: 7,200

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Bucksport, Maine

Population: 4,900

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Woodstock, Maine

Population: 1,200

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Newry, Maine

Population: 300

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Greenwood, Maine

Population: 800

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Bethel, Maine

Population: 2,600

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Ellensburg, Washington

Population: 18,700

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Winston, Oregon

Population: 5,300

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Hotchkiss, Colorado

Population: 900

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Polson, Montana

Population: 4,600

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Gardiner, Maine

Population: 5,600

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Damariscotta, Maine

Population: 2,200

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Victor, Idaho

Population: 1,900

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Crawford, Colorado

Population: 400

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Paonia, Colorado

Population: 1,400

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McComb, Ohio

Population: 4,000

In 2013, McComb lost its anchor retail store, leaving 16 buildings vacant downtown. At the same time, expansion of an intermodal rail terminal nearby puts McComb at a potential pivot point. With a grant from the local community foundation, townspeople decided to draft a new future.

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Cortez, Colorado

Population: 8,500

Local leaders were concerned about lack of broad participation in government and divides among the groups that make Cortez culturally rich. To reach missing voices, city leaders began to think beyond the city hall public hearing. Planners went to people in their neighborhoods and sponsored block parties and pot-luck dinners and found a whole new way of doing business that united the community.

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Essex, Vermont

Population: 20,000

The Town of Essex and the Village of Essex Junction looked to Community Heart & Soul to discover how they can best work together to lay the groundwork for an enduring future. An unprecedented 10 percent of the population participated in the project, which set the tone for future collaboration and cooperation.

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Golden, Colorado

Population:19,000

Golden’s population grew more than 30 percent between 1990 and 2000, presenting challenges of walkability, community engagement and affordable housing. Golden turned to residents to establish a set of clear guiding principles to inform future comprehensive plan updates, neighborhood plans, land use decisions, code changes, and community investment decisions.

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Biddeford, Maine

Population: 21,000

Nicknamed “Trash Town” for the industrial incinerator that stood in the center of downtown, Biddeford’s economy struggled. When Heart & Soul engaged the community, city leaders saw support for tearing the incinerator down. That turned the tide.

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Creating Change in Maine

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A former textile mill town, Biddeford struggled with stagnant population growth and limited job opportunities. Through community engagement, city leaders discovered support for tearing down an industrial trash incinerator in the center of town, despite the loss of jobs and the millions it cost to purchase it. Razing the plant sparked revitalization based on what mattered most to everyone.

Daniel Stevenson

Economic Development Director, Biddeford, Maine

"Community Heart and Soul helped us instill confidence in investors and secure grants. How did this happen? It starts with the first guiding principle of Heart and Soul: Involve Everyone. The private sector looks for a level of certainty when they invest in a community, and that level of certainty means something."

1.6 million

square feet of former
textile mill space

34 years old

Median age, compared to
44 for the state, showing influx of younger residents

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How Heart & Soul Teed Up Economic Development in One Maine Town

How Community Heart & Soul Unlocked Silos in Biddeford, Maine

Teen Involvement Shifts Attitudes, Sets Stage for Change

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Positive, Disruptive, change

Biddeford’s renaissance began when residents created a forward-looking plan that took stock of the town’s unique history and what mattered most to everyone. Golden leaders turned to residents to tackle the challenge of balancing growth with preserving the Western town’s historic and unique character.

With vacancy downtown on one hand and the prospect of expansion with the growth of rail, McComb decided to involve the whole community in planning for the future. Essex and Essex Junction wanted to get past historic divides and chart a path forward that was mutually beneficial.

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