Becky McCray and Deb BrownSaveYour.Town believes small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources. Co-founders Deb Brown and Becky McCray joined forces in May 2015 to help small towns and rural communities thrive. Their own experiences in agriculture, entrepreneurship, nonprofits and government keep them grounded in the real world. Their research-backed Idea Friendly Method helps communities be more resilient and more open to new ideas. They deliver speeches and presentations internationally, lead site visits and community brainstorming sessions, and create online videos and short courses of practical steps that can be put into action right away.

We specialize in low or no cost solutions like the Tour of Empty Buildings, Empty Lot Economic Development and Cheap Downtown Placemaking Ideas, that you can discover online through our short videos, longer courses and detailed toolkits. 

  1. For in person learning, co-founders Deb Brown and Becky McCray deliver keynotes, workshops, and in-depth Idea Friendly Action Visits. 
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