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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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America's Challenge


We've run out of money. It's now time to start thinking.

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America's Challenge


We've run out of money. It's now time to start thinking.

Following World War II, the United States embarked on a great social and financial experiment that we know as suburbanization. It created tremendous growth, opportunity and prosperity for a generation of Americans that had just lived through economic depression and war.

What we seemingly didn’t stop to consider at the time was that the way we were building our places – spread out across the landscape – would be extremely expensive to sustain, far greater than the relative wealth the approach would generate.

Local governments today are being crushed by their long term obligations. To solve today's cash problems, they are being encouraged to take on even more liabilities. We desperately need to find a different approach.

A study of the traditional development pattern – the way humans built cities for thousands of years – reveals much hidden wisdom. Our ancestors knew how to build financially strong and resilient places. Their existence depended on it. This was a knowledge gained painfully through trial and error, understanding we should not casually disregard.

America's challenge is to update this wisdom for the 21st century. We are not going to abandon the automobile, but we must urgently begin the process of stitching our communities back together at a human scale.

The Strong Towns approach is a fundamental rethinking of how we work together to build lasting wealth and prosperity within our communities. A strong America is made of strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.

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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 Pitch Deck

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.