Great use of an empty building

Kathy Bohn-Bagley of Bohn’s Bones Arts, LLC and Art Spot located at 46 S 1st St E, Malta, MT 59538 shared a story with me about an empty building. I thought you’d like to hear it too!  Milk River Contractors, Inc., headed by Mark Ereaux, conceived of taking an empty building in Downtown Malta, Phillips County,…

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Wall Crawl

I recently spoke at the Mid States Conference and Cheyenne McGriff was in attendance.  She shares the following story with us about a project they’re doing in Wall, SD. Deb, It was wonderful to see you yesterday. Thank you again for your inspiring words. I am actually meeting with someone this afternoon to discuss creating…

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What Happened One Day in LA

The Western Association of Chamber Executives came together in LA and for the first time ever, they spent an entire day with the opportunity for small chambers to learn things that related specifically to them. Small Chambers: A League of Their Own. I started the breakout session as a speaker and shared ways to update…

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I Quit My Job

My brother called me and said “Did you quit your job?” I answered him “Sure did.  If not now, when?” I’m the Executive Director of the Webster City Area Chamber until March 24.  It’s been four years in this position and I’ve come to love this town I live in.  I’ve met amazing small town…

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Easy Peasy Promo Pieces

Easy Peasey Promotion We’ve been having some fun here with two websites that are free to use.  The first one is www.unsplash.com  It’s a repository of images that anyone can use for any purpose.  Lovely, hi resolution photos that can you help you tell a story. The second one is www.canva.com  It’s a great site…

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Just What Is An Idea Friendly Town?

Just what is an idea friendly town? You’ve met the fellers* who have nothing good to say and relish starting false rumors about people?  You know a few negative nellies who don’t think anything is better than it was in 1950, right? Those are the people that are closed to new ideas, and they’re loud.…

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The Committee of Negativity

Some people default to the negative.  You know them.  They say things like “that will never work here” and “we tried that before and it didn’t work.” It can be difficult to reason with that group of people, referred to as ‘the committee of negativity’.  Nothing you say will be taken seriously.  There’s an argument…

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Do The Math

How much revenue could be generated in your town just by setting out a couple of tables in front of restaurants in the summer?  Joe shares some numbers with us.

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Workshop: Filling Empty Buildings

Tuesday, August 16, at 6 pm CST join Becky McCray and I as we present our next workshop: Filling Empty Buildings.     You want to fill up those empty buildings downtown, but all the economic development strategies you find sound like they were written for big cities. You want help that works for a…

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Painting the Streets

Last weekend we painted the streets.  And we weren’t the only ones.  There were lots of us! Arts R Alive, a local group that formed to bring sculptures to West Twin Park back in 2011 and are continuing to do so, got together last year and thought it might be fun to paint the streets…

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