Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Dr.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn will deliver a presentation as part of the City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM) Annual conference entitled “Strong Towns: Neighborhoods First and Stories from Brainerd.”
Risky, low-return projects too often become expensive boondoggles that haunt a community for decades. Public officials everywhere are desperately seeking an alternative. This talk will cover the “Neighborhoods First” approach to show how a community can grow stronger by making small, incremental investments over time. By observing how neighbors live their lives, by asking them where their daily struggles are, by getting out on the street and discovering what is actually going on, any local government can discern what their community’s pressing needs are. These projects are the high-return investments and they are all around us. A portfolio of incremental projects, each building on observed needs and past successes, is the basis of a solid, long-term investment strategy for communities of any size. It is an approach that fits into every budget. It will empower a local government to move beyond the lack of ownership and control that comes with traditional grant programs. And most importantly, you can get started right now. A Neighborhoods First presentation will demonstrate how to take less risk and grow financially stronger, all while directly serving the people already living and working in your city.
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