The Save Your.Town organization is coming to our town Thursday Sept. 22, as part of the statewide Reimagining Rural Virtual Gathering. Becky McCray and Deb Brown, the organization’s founders and small town enthusiasts, believe small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources.
Brown and McCray say choosing the name Save Your Town for their organization was very deliberate. “You have to save your town. No one is coming to do it for you. No factory or big business is going to save you. No outside expert has the one right answer. It’s you.”
On the 22nd McCray and Brown will introduce their “idea friendly” approach to community work that will energize local folks into trying new ideas. “We need to be more open to new ideas,” McCray said. “Iowa State University studied 99 small towns over 20 years and found that the communities that survived the best were the ones that were open to new ideas. And it makes sense. If you are open to new ideas, you can deal with new challenges.”
This session is the second in the three-part series, Reimagining Rural. Reimagining Rural is made possible through support from MSU Extension, the Montana Community Foundation and Northwest Farm Credit Services. The event is hosted locally by the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
The sessions are set for Thursdays Sept. 22 and Oct. 6. Each session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Community members interested in joining this great statewide discussion can participate by joining the Glasgow Chamber at the Cottonwood Inn and Suites.
For more information contact the Glasgow Chamber at 406-228-2222.