- Date: December 2008
- Author: Will Lambe
- Organization: Community & Economic Development Program School of Government, University of North Carolina and North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center
- Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
- Entry: Case Study Publication
The communities profiled in Small Towns, Big Ideas stretch from Oregon to south Georgia. They range in size from Chimney Rock in North Carolina with 175 people to Helena-West Helena in Arkansas with 15,000. The economic development strategies at work in these towns include industrial development, tourism, downtown development, entrepreneurship and arts- and cluster-based development. Case studies also describe a range of strategies for building local capacity for economic development, including innovative organizational structures, partnerships, leadership development and fi nance. Most case studies include discussion of more than one strategy.