Photos of a variety of people living, working and having fun in small towns and rural communities. Save Your dot Town co-founders Becky McCray and Deb Brown

Hope for small towns

Small towns and rural communities: get practical steps you can put into action right away to shape a better future and Save Your Town

SaveYour.Town provides practical steps to help you shape a brighter future for your small town or rural community, no matter how small. 

We specialize in low or no cost solutions, ones that will work in even the tiniest of towns. Discover our Tour of Empty Buildings, Empty Lot Economic Development and Cheap Downtown Placemaking Ideas, through our short videos, longer courses and detailed toolkits. 

For in person learning, co-founders Deb Brown and Becky McCray deliver keynotes, workshops, and in-depth Idea Friendly Action Visits.

Take the Survey of Rural Challenges!

Survey closes Jan 31!

Placemaking for your OTHER outdoor spaces: parks, trails, waters. Video on Demand. Save Your dot Town

February video & audio of the month:

Placemaking Parks, Trails and Waters

Uncover hidden assets, activate them with activities and improve buy-in from the community to create the public spaces you’ve always wanted.


Intensive Action Package

Invest six months to work with us in person and online to generate lasting change in your community. 

Kids making crafts at an event in Webster City, Iowa


Building fairer, more unified communities despite divisions

We believe small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources.

Save Your dot Town co-founders Deb Brown and Becky McCray smile at you from an old bridge in a rural setting.

We picked the name SaveYour.Town because that is what you are going to do, save your town. No one is coming to do it for you.

No factory or big business is going to save you. No outside expert has the one right answer. It’s you.

You are going to shift a few key behaviors away from bureaucracy and officials and toward the people. You’ll let go of old formal rules and organizations in order to empower everyone to play a small but meaningful role. You’ll focus more on tiny experiments by lots of people rather than a few big bets made by only a handful of official leaders. You’ll welcome all ideas, from all the people in your town. 

That’s who’s coming to save your town: all of you.

Together, we’re teaching you specific ways to make your small town a better place. We’re creating the videos, courses and toolkits that help you learn, grow and take action.

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