Our trainings develop the knowledge, resources, and leadership abilities needed to create more livable communities. We use a variety of training models from single-day workshops to multi-day team trainings and multi-week leadership seminars.

Trainings are ideal for communities struggling to find common ground or identify a path forward on challenging local issues. We bring together diverse community interests to create a shared understanding of key issues and find practical ways to address them.

Building Better Places

The team-based training model engages teams of community leaders in an intensive, 3-day workshop that combines practical learning with team development and facilitated action planning. This approach improves the capacities of individual participants as well as their ability to work within their communities. Teams leave with a commitment to address key priorities and a realistic action plan to move forward. These dynamic trainings combine learning, leadership development, and facilitated strategic planning and are for communities that want to find common ground on key issues and turn ideas into action.

2024 Building Better Places Training 

Customized Trainings

We have established curriculum on a wide spectrum of topics related to community planning, leadership development and creating community dialogue. We regularly design and execute trainings to suit the needs of particular communities and situations. Lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months, these trainings provide tools and direction to take action with a committed team of local leaders. Topics may include affordable housing, economic development, the intersection of land use planning and conservation, and new transportation models.