A Few Videos

TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere — celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. Brookings, SD TEDx invited Deb to speak about the Tour of Empty Buildings – TEDx Brookings (8 minutes)

Visit with Sharon Frerichs, Mayor of Akron, Iowa.  Deb was there for an Embedded Community Experience. This video highlights the events, businesses and highlights since Deb’s visit. (20 minutes)

Developing Resilient Communities: The Idea Friendly Method with Becky McCray, virtual, Limestone Bluffs RC&D, 2021 (52 minutes)

A recap of the SMTulsa presentation in 2018, on Building Possibility. SMTulsa is THE social media and business conference in the heartland, and Deb has spoken the last two years. (52 minutes)

RuralX is a unique rural celebration designed to bring rural champions together from across the region to boost rural economic and community development. Becky and Deb keynoted at the inaugural RuralX and returned the following year to keynote again. Rural X Summit, Closing Keynote (12 minutes)

Deb brought an Embedded Community Experience to Belle Fourche, SD and keynoted at the end of the visit. This short piece is a Belle Fourche, SD Discussion on Creating Workspaces (4 minutes)

RuralX Innovative Rural Business Models (about 30 minutes)

Video Short one and half minute of Empty Buildings Tour

Wisconsin Rural Partners Workshop – Becoming an Idea Friendly Town two hours

Small Town Specialist – Deb Brown, cofounder of SaveYour.Town and create of Building Possibility, is your small town specialist.

Iowa Ideas into Action presentation

Congrats to Grundy Center, Iowa! Their Tour of Dreams won a Main Street award. I was excited to visit them and help them by sharing my experience filling empty buildings, giving tips from our empty buildings toolkit, pointing out easier ways to proceed, and touring their town.

Visiting towns and helping them make their ideas happen is one of the very best things I get to do!

Grundy Center Iowa group of people receivig a Main Street Iowa Award

Visual Documentation and Graphic Recording

Adams County, Washington invited Deb for an Embedded Community Experience. The final presentation of her findings was help in Ritzville, Washington. The visual documentation of Reviving Rural Downtowns recap of a 2 hour presentation on Solutions for Small Towns, was created by Anne Nelson.


Written and Online Coverage:

Project Senior Year

Reimagining Rural Ekalaka MT

Rural Development Updates from Iowa City, Iowa

Agracel article about keeping youth

Survey of Rural Challenges mention in Illinois

Research of the Disparities in the Process of Revitalization of Brownfields in Small Towns and Cities: Szeligova, Natalie, Marek Teichmann, and Frantisek Kuda. 2021. "Research of the Disparities in the Process of Revitalization of Brownfields in Small Towns and Cities" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1232. 

Doctoral dissertation 2019, Szeligova, Natalie, Báňská College – Technical University Of Ostrava, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Republic. "Research of the Disparities in the Process of Revitalization of Brownfields in Small Towns and Cities" [PDF] Výzkum disparit v procesu revitalizace brownfields v malých obcích a městech N Szeligová - 2019 -  

Reimaging Rural Presentations from Montana Extension

Ekalaka Eagle - Reimagining Rural

Miles City - Reimagining Rural

Choteau News - Reimagining Rural in Montana

Update from Swift County, MN - action being taken after my visit there!

Pine City Press - Recap from GPS:4593 presentation

County Star Minnesota recap

How a Tour of Empty Buildings Saved a Small Town by the Canadian Broadcast System

Citizens Institute of Rural Design Newsletter  - Building Possibility shared notes from “Placemaking in Small and Rural Communities”, a virtual event hosted by the University of Kentucky and USDA.

West Central Tribune Recap of Swift County, MN Visit 

Work with Ripley, Ohio

Filmore County Tour of Empty Buildings  Sharing a newspaper article from our recent Tour of Business Opportunities, which was coordinated after I watched your video series. Thank you for the great idea! I gave you credit when I talked to the reporter, and they mentioned you in the article. The event drew a lot of attention beforehand and afterwards. We have several business owners at retirement age, as well as a few who have relocated businesses to new sites or new construction in town, so our downtown has several properties for sale. This tour was very much needed, and we continue to strive for positivity. This link on our website provided the event details

Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Newsletter

Technology and Rural Development in Portugal Interview 

Iowa Farm Today Ag Update

Ag Journal about Siebert CO closed grocery store

NRECA Announcement of Regional Meeting Speakers

Courier Post: Communities Learn About 'Idea Friendly' Method for Success

Targeted Small Business Newsletter

Avon and Cold Spring, MN

Gary Wood, Belle Fourche SD Chamber Year End Review

Adams County, Washington 2018 Magazine

Goldendale Webinar Article

Sallisaw KXMX Coverage

Akron, Iowa review

The Old Geezer Club in Akron, Iowa

CoWorkers of the World

Renewed Interest: A Fresh Look at the Rural Church, Collaborative Development International

Sebring, Ohio 

Innovative Downtown Businesses 

The Crescent News in Defiance, Ohio

York News in York, NE

West Bend News, Ohio

Results of an ECE in Webster City, Iowa

Southern Oregon Business Journal

Sequoya County Times

Small Biz Trends

Rural Telecom Magazine – Small but Strong: Strategies for Business Success in Rural America

  • National speakers urge RuralX17 registration. American News (Aberdeen, SD). July 7, 2017.
  • Ross E. A “friend” to small businesses: Facebook, Twitter tools topic of summit planned to meet rural challenges. Hutchinson News, The (KS). March 7, 2010
  • For Radically Rural, Keene transformed into a conference center
  • News By: Hubbard, Sierra. Keene Sentinel, The (NH). 09/29/2018. , Database: Newspaper Source Plus
  • National speakers urge RuralX17 registration American News (Aberdeen, SD). 07/07/2017. 
  • Diverse offerings on tap at Radically Rural summit Keene Sentinel, The (NH). 08/05/2018.
  • Ticket sales open for Radically Rural Summit By: Holt, William. Keene Sentinel, The (NH). 07/28/2018.
  • CEDA meeting highlights struggles smaller communities face By: Todd, Brian. Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN). 06/17/2021.
  • Expert: Small towns should take bold, small steps By: Featherstone, Charles H., Columbia Basin Herald (Moses Lake, WA), Sep 22, 2017
  • Fostoria, Ohio
  • The Freedom Call, Sept 28, 2023. "From Photos to Action"
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Other Mentions

Dustin Ingram Dissertation For Sale or Rent:  Preventing Demolition by Neglect in Iowa  in Iowa's Downtowns page 44-45

 If You Could Live Anywhere by Melody Warnick

Radically Rural email newsletter, A Year in Review 2022, 

A Cleave within the Piney Woods: Nacogdoches, Stephen F. Austin State University and How Racial Integration Divided the Town and Gown, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas, thesis by Caitlin R. Hornback, 2022

Book: Public Policy in Contentious Times by Peter K. Kresl, 2021, published by Edward Elgar Publishing

Visit the Square page that shares the story Made In Iowa. Deb was instrumental in the process.

Creative Uses for Downtown Buildings in Small TownsUniversity of Wisconsin Extension and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Bill Ryan, Emily Lutz, and Melissa Kono of UW-Extension, with Errin Welty of WEDC, contributed profiles of “Retail Incubator: The Village” and “Outdoor Retail Marketplace: Tionesta Market Village” 2017 

Shop Loonies

Greene, Pa

Jones County Iowa Plan

Rural Housing

Tourism Currents Cheat Sheet