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March 26, 2020

7 Steps To Clarify Your Message And Connect With Your Audience

Can the 2,000-year-old practice of storytelling be the key to bigger profits?   A company’s unique brand can mean the difference between standing out and fading into the background. So what are the simple steps necessary to telling your company story, being memorable and making…

March 26, 2020

The New Business: Results-Driven Civic Engagement Programs

Civic Nation empowers individuals to become agents of positive change in their community, and we amplify ally organizations who share our goal to inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that affect them most. Civic Nation thanks our friends at the Democracy Fund for…

March 26, 2020

Building Strong Towns, One Storefront at a Time

Cities become great when they have a solid foundation. A sturdy network with many nodes well-connected will be able to sustain many of the challenges to come, from worldwide pandemics to bankruptcy. Putting public space revitalization at the center of economic development strategies creates the…

March 26, 2020

Most Public Engagement is Worthless

In the decade I’ve been writing in this space, I’ve received a lot of input and advice about things Strong Towns should do. Some are wacky, but most times the suggestions are very logical. And, due to the broad reach and depth of our movement,…

March 26, 2020

Why you should focus on brand identity before content strategy

I have been known to step on a soapbox or two, but only because I want to shine the best possible spotlight on the unique expertise of those I partner with. One topic that I can’t resist is the importance of establishing a solid brand…

March 21, 2020

5 Public Sector Marketing Moves for Better Citizen Engagement

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September 27, 2019

Three Things Small Cities Teach Us About Civic Engagement

Big cities and big data tend to get most of the attention in publications and on industry panels. Rapid urbanization and the explosion of data are headlining trends. In reality, however, the United States is a nation of small towns. According to Census Bureau information, the median American lives in a city with a population around 17,500. Half of Americans live in communities that are even smaller.

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