Legacies are born when people create lives bigger than themselves, in places they’ve helped create.
We Explore & Celebrate these Big Lives happening in Small Places.

Shaping Legacies with Awards and Grants

Taking the time to recognize those in our communities who step up and make a difference publicly acknowledges their efforts, celebrates their accomplishments, and encourages others. People can be inspired to join in the efforts of those being recognized, through volunteering, donating. When business owners are recognized, it provides deeper connections for customers and clients. In small towns, it’s especially easy to assume that “everyone knows everything”, because sometimes it … Read More

The Perkins: One Small Town Legacy

People often wonder what exactly is meant by ‘creating your small town legacy’. Below is an example of how one family is building their legacy as they work towards their goals. The story (originally published here), celebrates their uniqueness, sharing some of their hopes and dreams. ___________________- The Perkins’: Building a Family Business and a Dream Danny and Debbie Perkins spent most of their careers in upstate New York, but … Read More

Public Arts and Creative Placemaking as Economic Drivers

I was invited to be on the panel for a Public Arts Forum, specifically to talk about how it relates to Economic Development and my work with the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance. Here is a an audio of my presentation, giving a brief overview of some of our work, and some details about one project in particular. For more information on that project, MILES (the Mobile Interactive Literary Exhibition Space), take … Read More


<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=/DowntownBrattleboro/?qsefr=1&_fb_noscript=1″ />It was exactly the kind of place he would have picked: a diner-style country restaurant where the food was filling and mattered far more than the outdated decor which faded into the background behind the all-day breakfasts with options like homefries:… grilled or deep-fried. Pancakes came in stacks and biscuits with gravy was more common than yogurt. The coffee was fresh, hot and bottomless, (though he … Read More