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Each month we will be sharing thoughts and ideas that we believe will assist communities. These are conversations we hear every day in every community and are calling them the “13 Pathways to Success”. We will also be highlighting stories of successful community strategies which we like to call "Success In Progress". If you have an area where you feel stuck, reach out and let us know - We would love to help and write about it.
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Building Community Success

Building Community Success

We should have known 2020 was going to be a bad year from the get-go. In the first week of January, residents of Hinton, Edson and Lacombe learned their local newspapers were closing. The Hinton Parklander had been in business for more than 60 years, the Lacombe Globe...

Grants and Subsides available for Communities in Canada

Grants and Subsides available for Communities in Canada

There are many grants and subsidies that are available for businesses, not for profits and government entities. And they are a bit complex. We've taken the liberty of doing some of the heavy lifting for you.  See below for a sample of grants and...

No Simple and Easy Prescription for Community Success

No Simple and Easy Prescription for Community Success

Burlington, Vermont, USA at Church Street Marketplace. When the Covid crisis is over, somebody should write a book and perhaps entitle it, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in the Pandemic.” Top of the list of lessons learned, of course: “Wash your hands...

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Beaumont Rides Autonomous Vehicle Into Limelight

Beaumont Rides Autonomous Vehicle Into Limelight

Years from now, Mayor John Stewart says confidently, this time will be seen as a turning point in Beaumont’s history. Not only did the Alberta community officially achieve city status in 2019, Beaumont recently hosted the first self-driving vehicle on public streets...

No Community is an Island

No Community is an Island

We are often our own worst enemy. When our community runs into trouble our instinctive reaction is to look for solutions in isolation rather than in collaboration. Recently, a group of communities including the Town of Hanna, the Village of Youngstown and a region...

Marianna Borough

Marianna Borough

Blight a major issue facing rural communities Originally Published by The Observer-Reporter A home along Seventh Street in Marianna that will be one of several demolished. Photo by Holly Tonini/Observer-Reporter Marianna Borough sits quietly, unobtrusively in...