Catch up with Deb at Building Possibility

Building Possibility

Hi all,

Bozeman Trail groupIt’s been a while since I’ve shared with you what it is I do, and what’s coming up. There is a lot of work going on in growing the business! Let me catch you up on the last two years.

  1. Onsite Visits: I just finished a 2-year onsite project with five counties in Montana and visited four times. SE Colorado has brought me in for two projects: working in four counties for one project and eleven towns for another project. I’ve worked on over ten different onsite visits ranging from one small town to several counties in the last 2 years. In an onsite visit spend 3.5 days in a place, meeting as many people as possible. I ask them what they want, and we work on small steps RIGHT THEN to get started. A week later I give a virtual presentation sharing what they told me they want, stories of other towns already doing it and suggestions for their town.
  2. Speaking: I’ve keynoted at several conferences like National Brownfields, Rural Electric Cooperative, Cooperatives First, Stand Up Rural America, Midstates Conference, EDAM Conference and Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance, WV Brownfields and Main Street/On Trac Training to name a few.
  3. Webinars: Webinars have been popular as well. The University of Idaho, Mark Twain Council of Governments, North Carolina Webinar Series, Valdez Alaska, Kansas State Research and Education are just a few places I presented virtually.
  4. Videos and Memberships: Becky and I create a video each month that addresses a rural challenge. You tell us what your challenges are, in email, in person and on our bi-annual Survey of Rural Challenges.

What’s up for 2023 and beyond?

My goal is to visit a community or region once a month for an onsite visit!

I’ve got one booked, and two being negotiated for 2023.

I look forward to keynoting and presenting webinars and workshops around the US and Canada.

This year’s goal is to travel overseas too.

Becky and I are working with some organizations to bring both of us in for an Intensive 6–9-month Project.

I’ll come for an onsite visit, Becky will come for brainstorming with key players and a public presentation. You’ll become an Insider member. There are virtual presentations, email follow-ups and more. These intensives are designed for the communities that bring us in. No two are the same.

The Survey of Rural Challenges returns in 2023.
I’ll be moving to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi this year too!

The goal is to find a home in a small town near the coast and move in the spring. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

Now what’s in store for you? What things are you working on? I’d love to hear about it!

And please, feel free to send me an email at with any questions you may have. Let’s visit, have a conversation, and share stories.

Be well,


p.s. Here’s a 2 minute video that shares about what I do. Feel free to send it on to other folks.