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Our Mission


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Our Mission


The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

The Strong Towns National Gathering in Minneapolis, September 2014.

The Strong Towns National Gathering in Minneapolis, September 2014.

For the United States to be a prosperous country, it must have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Enduring prosperity for our communities cannot be artificially created from the outside but must be built from within, incrementally over time. An America in transition must focus on developing strong, local communities.

As advocates for a strong America, we know the following to be true:

  • Strong cities, towns and neighborhoods cannot happen without strong citizens (people who care).
  • Local government is a platform for strong citizens to collaboratively build a prosperous place.
  • Financial solvency is a prerequisite for long term prosperity.
  • Land is the base resource from which community prosperity is built and sustained. It must not be squandered.
  • A transportation system is a means of creating prosperity in a community, not an end unto itself.
  • Job creation and economic growth are the results of a healthy local economy, not substitutes for one.

We seek an America where our local communities are designed to grow stronger in the face of adversity, to be the solid foundation on which our shared prosperity is preserved.

There are no universal answers to the complex problems America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods face. At Strong Towns, we seek to discover rational ways to respond to these challenges. A Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom/up action (chaotic but smart) and not top/down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).
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Social Venture Capital


Invest in Building Strong Towns

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Social Venture Capital


Invest in Building Strong Towns

Strong Towns started as a blog back in 2008. We're now an international movement with over 1,000 members, accelerating audience growth and a powerful message for change.

We have important opportunities to put social venture capital from major donors and foundations to work to spread our message and grow the Strong Towns movement. Thank you for helping us capitalize on these opportunities.


Strong Towns is Changing the Conversation

Watch this video for a quick overview of the organization, our strategic plan and some opportunities for advancing our mission.


Grow the Movement

We have an opportunity to make a high returning investment to spread the Strong Towns message and leverage nearly 3 to 1 in valuable services.


Curbside Chat +

We have a plan to take our most successful program and make it even more powerful. We're looking for four partners that want to work with us to plus the Curbside Chat and transform the conversation in their place.