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Attracting Businesses: What Scores and What Fumbles

The weather is changing, and the great season of football is spreading across the country. But the change in season also means we’re all heading into a closure of outdoor dining patios and other weather sensitive places. Our new outdoor public lives have been allowing small retail and dining businesses to survive pandemic-related occupancy shutdowns.  The future is now, and the devastation to our Main Streets is obvious. Conservative experts believe the Covid 19 pandemic will...

The Foundations of Development Capital

“Charity feeds a person who is hungry. Philanthropy is meant to go upstream and innovate.”  -Helen Davis Johnson  President, Michigan Municipal League Foundation This comment from Helen is resonating with me now more than ever. This year has turned...

Essentials for Expanding Fundraising Opportunities

Essentials for Expanding Fundraising Opportunities

As economic fallout continues for nonprofit organizations across our communities, many social service, arts, and community development organizations are being challenged again to develop new ways to raise money in order to effectively deliver on their missions. The strategies...

The Proud Places Guide to Street Banners

The Proud Places Guide to Street Banners

What are they for? What should they be made of? How should they be hung? What makes a good design? Where should they be placed within the city? Here's our guide to everything anyone ever would ever need to...

An Algorithm for Creating Enduring Places

An Algorithm for Creating Enduring Places

The Netherlands is a country with a long history of building compact, carfree places. A famous example is the canal village of Geithorn, but most of the old town centers and villages across the country also qualify.  [caption id="attachment_84249"...

Small Business Series #1: Defining Small

Small Business Series #1: Defining Small

Every political stump speech, up and down the ballot and across the aisles, likely contains the refrains: “small business is the lifeblood of this nation” and “there’s nothing more important than supporting our small businesses.”  You can practically see...

Are we all Clueless?

Are we all Clueless?

We’re obsessed with attraction. Cities, regional governments, and states spend a lot of time and resources working to attract companies and developers to invest in the communities they represent. Economic developers fly off to trade shows and tell manufacturers...

Made-in Brands For Your City

Made-in Brands For Your City

Developing a Made-in brand for your community At CivicBrand we’re huge fans of made-in brands and have developed several for our clients. Developing a made-in brand for your community has numerous benefits and can provide a boost to both...

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