As a workshop component, “20 Clues to Rural Community Survival” is one of the Heartland Center’s most popular and effective training tools. The list of vital characteristics provides an “ideal” benchmark against which people can measure their own community. It moves people naturally from theory, to strategy, to action.
Because of its broad appeal and positive impact, the Heartland Center now offers “20 Clues to Rural Community Survival” as a stand-alone community development workshop. The four to six hour workshop is an expanded exercise that delves into each of the 20 Clues to Rural Community Survival. Educational materials include a workbook that helps local leaders identify their community’s unique strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. This is a terrific exercise to pull a community together or to kick off an action planning agenda!