The work of community building can be hard. Resources are scarce. Priorities compete. Implementation is challenging.
Nevertheless, communities are increasingly working to become stronger, more prosperous places to live—and they’re finding creative ways to do it. They’re building transportation systems that work for all users, thriving downtowns and serene neighborhoods that offer housing choices within financial reach, and nurturing a quality of life that provides good jobs and supports entrepreneurs. Simply put, they are working to become more livable.
Our community assistance program helps communities across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado along this path. While we’d love to help every community that asks, we use a competitive process to select the projects that are most primed for success—projects that are focused, invite key partners to the table, meet a clear community need, and stand a good chance of implementation.
Community assistance projects generally address issues related to economic development, growth, and planning in the American West. No matter the issue a project addresses, engaged and educated community leadership is a key ingredient for successful implementation. That is why whenever we assist a community or region, we help creatively engage the public and build the strategic partnerships and leadership necessary for creating lasting change.