Economic Development in Small Town America

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Unique opportunities and special considerations of economic development in small towns.  

  • How to anticipate and resolve economic development issues that may be unique to small towns and rural areas because of relationships and politics.  

  • Identifying how to position your town for success through housing, retail businesses, and special events. 

Economic Development in small towns and rural areas is different than other parts of the country.  Planners in these communities are often dealing with declining populations, and businesses leaving for other communities.  In order to address these issues, small towns need to take bold steps to attract and retain businesses, hotels, visitors, and tax dollars.  Learn from three unique small towns – Grand Island, NE, Snyder, TX and Aspen, CO - about their issues and what they are doing to address economic development.  Then participate in discussion with fellow planners about what best practices can be used in your community to ensure prosperous economies.


Chad Nabity , AICP , Hall County RPC , Grand Island , NE (see bio)
Jessica Garrow , AICP , City of Aspen , Aspen , CO (see bio)