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Strong Town presentation aims to help communities

Oct 6, 2013 - From staff reports

The first program will be Monday at the Fremont County Library in Lander.

Starting Monday, the Wyoming Rural Development Council will host the first of four Strong Town presentations throughout the state.

The WRDC, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Strong Towns, invites community leaders, business owners and residents to these presentations to learn more about keeping communities strong during lean times.

The first presentation will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Fremont County Library in Lander, 451 N. Second St.

Other events will be throughout the week in Saratoga, Laramie and Douglas.

"These presentations are open to everyone at these locations and we hope to see as many people at these events as possible," said Kim Porter, Wyoming Rural Development Council program manager. "During unstable times, it's good to know there are resources available to keep your town moving forward."

Strong Towns, based in Brainerd, Minn., is an organization that supports and promotes a model for growth that allows America's towns to become financially strong and self-sufficient during times when typically their budgets are stretched thin and public funding resources have dwindled.

According to information provided by Strong Towns, the organization will cover ways communities can think differently about growth, thus thinking differently about accomplishing this growth by alternative methods and a more creative philosophy.

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