Our Impact

Livable Communities For All

We established Community Builders to make a meaningful impact on communities in the American West facing challenging issues. In doing so, we’ve developed a process of continuous monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning, allowing us to accurately measure our impact and build more livable communities for all.

Areas of Impact

The rapid economic change occurring in communities nation-wide presents new challenges and opportunities. Economies relying on a single industry to provide employment are recognizing the need to diversify. However, conventional approaches to economic development—trying to incentivize external businesses to relocate to a community—aren’t working. We help local leaders shift their economic development efforts toward capitalizing on existing businesses and community amenities. This improves the quality of life for both businesses and residents, creating real opportunity for the people that live there.

The American West is changing. The sustainability of the region is dependent upon achieving a balance between the conservation of natural resources and the reality of its economic challenges. To achieve this, we must shift from sprawling patterns of development to a more efficient approach to planning—one that not only makes less of an impact on the environment, but creates more affordable, inclusive places to live. Further, we need to create economies that are diverse and resilient—providing a setting for existing and new local businesses to thrive. When we make these types of investments in our communities, we see an increase in economic opportunity.

Enabling people of different backgrounds to succeed and ensuring diverse perspectives are a part of the community decision-making process lies at the core of building livable communities for all. There is a deep need to help communities succeed in their efforts to strengthen social equity and inclusion. Building an inclusive community necessitates significant resources, time, and partnerships. We help local leaders leverage their resources and increase collaboration to move this critical issue forward.

The American West is home to one of the most diverse landscapes in the country. Its terrain is a significant asset and why many people choose to live in the region. But it’s facing a real threat. Sprawling development patterns disrupt the natural environment. The result is increased air and water pollution, a loss of natural habitats, higher flood risks, and a reduction in open space. As severe climate events continue to threaten the region, it’s imperative that communities approach the future with strategic planning and responsible development patterns.

Communities shape the health of their people. For better or worse, the place where a person grows up, works, and ages impacts their overall health. This is because communities determine who has access to economic opportunity, whether safe and affordable housing is available, and whether the built environment encourages active lifestyles. We work on all of these issues because when a community makes progress in these areas, more people have better health.

We equip local leaders to drive real change

576

Leaders

576 Leaders trained from 58 Communities

33

Projects

33 Assistance Projects

$26

Million

$26 Million of new funding allocated to project implementation

Silverton, Colorado

Creating a Unified Community Vision in the Wake of an Environmental Disaster

Rifle, Colorado

Diversifying Economy Through Strategic Downtown and River Front Investment

Taos, New Mexico

Embracing Culture and History Towards a Better Downtown Taos

Breaking the Code Toolkit

A Guidebook and Tool for "Do It Yourself" Code Reform

Hotchkiss, Colorado

Rethinking Economic Priorities in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Sheridan, Wyoming

Creating a Prosperous Main Street Through Placemaking and Streetscape

Pocatello, Idaho

Reinvestment in the Warehouse District Through Community Placemaking and Streetscape

West End, Colorado

Building Sustainability for Regional Entrepreneurial Support Systems

Lovell, Wyoming

Aligning Land Use Code with Community Housing Goals in Lovell

Lander, Wyoming

Aligning Land Use Code with Community Housing Goals in Lander

Quad Cities, Idaho

Regional Collaboration Strategy for Multimodal Transportation and Investment

Gunnison Valley, Colorado

Regional Economic Prosperity Through Community Vision

Grand Junction, Colorado | Housing Study

Expanding Housing Choices in Downtown Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado | I-70 Business Loop

Increasing Downtown Vitality Through I-70B Corridor

Gunnison, Colorado

Designing a Vibrant Downtown Through Local Leadership

Laramie, Wyoming | Housing Study

​​Sparking the Economy Through Housing Investment

Hamilton, Montana

Safety, Connectivity, and Beautification at Hwy 93/Main St. Intersection

Victor, Idaho

Activating Downtown Victor- A Strategic Plan

Durango, Colorado

Streetscape Improvements on North Main Ave.

Salida, Colorado

Re-Visioning Highway 50 / Rainbow Boulevard

Grand Junction, Colorado

Creating Vibrancy Through Connectivity, Placemaking, and Development

Eagle, Colorado

Connecting the Heart of Eagle to the Soul of the River

Fraser, Colorado

Improving Safety and Multimodal Function of US Highway 40

Central City, Colorado

Downtown Connectivity and Circulation in Central City

Laramie, Wyoming | Highway 287

An Action Plan for Enhancing 3rd Street by 2020

Hailey, Idaho

Activating Hailey Through Placemaking and Street Design

Butte, Montana

Investment in Historic Uptown Butte

Anaconda, Montana

From One-Way Couplet to Downtown Placemaking

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Increasing Community Connectivity in Bonners Ferry’s South Hill Neighborhood

Cascade, Idaho

An Action Plan for Safer Biking and Walking

East Missoula, Montana

Creating a Safe and Inviting Highway 200 Corridor in East Missoula

Missoula, Montana | Russell Street

Activating Russell Street for Pedestrian Mobility

Missoula, Montana | Brooks Street

Midtown in Focus: Innovative Land Use Planning in a Transit Corridor

Our Supporters

We partner with philanthropic, government, and business entities to engage communities, develop local partnerships, and provide the resources needed to create meaningful on-the-ground change.

Our Financials

Community Builders is committed to accountability and transparency. As a 501(c)(3) designated organization, we report our financials publicly every year. Click below to view each statement.

2019 | Audited Financial Statements

2018 | Audited Financial Statements

2018 | 990

2017 | 990

2016 | 990

2015 | 990

Annual Reports