This week, we've shared with you a series of testimonials from our members, answering questions like "Why did you choose to become a member of Strong Towns?" and "How has Strong Towns impacted your life and inspired you to make changes in your community?"

Today, we've got one last series of testimonials, this time answering the question "Why do you continue to support Strong Towns?" We're proud to have hundreds of members who have been contributing to our movement for years, and we wanted to know why they keep coming back to read and share our message, and to support our movement. Here's what they said.


"I've been a member since 2011 and have seen my contributions used effectively year after year. Strong Town's impact gets wider and stronger."

- John Beasten

"The more the message of Strong Towns can be amplified, the healthier our cities, towns, and country will be. So I'll continue to be a member as long as the organization, their message, and its need fit with my beliefs."

- Jeffrey Sleasman

Strong Towns NextGen debate at CNU in Detroit 

Strong Towns NextGen debate at CNU in Detroit 

"As an attorney who helps nonprofits in my practice, I can say that Strong Towns is a model nonprofit, exceptionally lean, fully mission focused, and amazingly productive in its use of resources."

- John Gear

"The message is more important than ever before."

- Andrew Moore

"Strong Towns has proven itself to be a great steward of its resources, including member support. They have invested heavily in their capacity to make the message louder, stronger, and more persuasive. It's been amazing to see this organization truly ramp up into a movement, and I want to continue to be a part of this movement."

- Jennifer Smith

"I appreciate the content and there is nothing else like it."

- Colton Powell

"As a person who works in government it's critically important to build a grassroots message that doesn't come from the top down, but from the bottom up. If citizens want to build strong towns, the politicians will listen. It doesn't tend to work as well the other way. The best ideas in government tend to emerge from the population at large, and are synthesized into law by our representatives."

 - Alexander Dukes

"I believe in this effort. I think there's a story to tell here."

- AJ Farley

"Strong Towns makes it much easier to share good ideas (and the necessary criticism) with the people around me, my neighbors and friends, the local political forces. As the discussion moves away from the standard of the last 50 years, the Strong Towns idea and its many publications offer a new, and compelling vision. Or is this a really old idea?"

- Paul B.

I still am excited when a Strong Towns post comes through my Facebook feed. It is likely to be the best thing I click on that day. I feel a part of a movement that is desperately needed, and that will ultimately prevail.
— Beth Gehred

"I believe Strong Towns is having success in changing the dialog among staff, politicians, and stakeholders. I want that success to continue."

- Spencer Gardner

"I care about the places I live and Strong Towns connects me with people who share some of the same concerns I have." 

- Tracy Miller

"The Strong Towns approach is possibly the only way to save our cities from perpetual financial crisis."

- Jay Ferm

"I still am excited when a Strong Towns post comes through my Facebook feed. It is likely to be the best thing I click on that day. I feel a part of a movement that is desperately needed, and that will ultimately prevail."

- Beth Gehred

"It's "continuing education" for anyone like me that is trying to make their town a better place."

- Jim Scheppke

"Strong Towns provides the platform for a wide array of compelling and informed voices."

- Daniel Hintz

Our membership drive concludes today. Help us reach our goal of 2,000 members.