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Do small towns have a future?

Not everyone sees a future for small towns.

We see it. 

We'll show you what it looks like, in this video.

What? Another national pundit declaring rural has no future? Whatever!

Of course small towns have a future. We're actually necessary to the future of society. We'll give you two new reasons to add to your list. 


What about this old saw, "if you're not growing, you're dying"? Outdated!  

Growth isn't everything, and it's not the only thing. You'll get 4 alternative ways to measure your small town and how well you're doing. Learn how quality of life, happiness and more give you a new way to look at your progress.  


Should we call a meeting a write a plan? Nope! 

You're going to learn why the "Meet and Plan" era is over and what is replacing it. Then we'll head into the future, and stretch our thinking with the Assistive Technology Era. 


Are you starting to see the small town future now? 

With this video, you'll also think through the unique role of rural people in the future:

  • The future of work

  • Everything's Big Split


Regain your #SmallTownCool

Small towns not only have a future, we are the future. We'll share how rural places are testing grounds for future tech, and how small towns are the best places to connect with nature. 

This video is no longer available individually. You can still access it through the bundle offer. 

Video Bundle still available

Because this builds on the prior SaveYour.Town trends videos, you can get a special bundle with 3 future-themed videos. Since you'll get more videos, you'll need more time, so you also get 30 days to watch them. You'll get these videos:

Seeing the Small Town Future (this video)

The Future of Retail video

Small Town Trends video

You get all 3 videos for just $5 more than the Seeing the Small Town Future video alone. Plus you get extra time--a full 30 days--to watch and share them. 

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About this video

You'll get a video that lasts about 30 minutes to watch anytime while it's available. That way you have time to watch, think of questions, and share with others in your town. You can send your questions to us by email, and we'll answer you personally.

Why not have a watch party? Invite a few friends to view the video, and learn some small steps you can use right away. 

What are your videos like? Will there be slides?   

You get a video you can watch anytime on demand from the 1st through the 15th of the month. You see our faces, and we connect with you personally. There are no boring slides, and we focus on real-world examples, not statistics. Plus you can ask your questions and get a personal answer from us via email. 

Will it be recorded so I can watch later? 

Yes, the video is recorded. You are welcome to watch the video more than once from more than one computer or device, start and stop, or go back and watch again.

The recording will be available from the 1st through the 15th of the month. After that, the recording goes away, so be sure to schedule a specific time to watch! 

Members always have access to this recording and all SaveYour.Town videos anytime on demand as long as they remain members. 

Will it work with my system? 

If you can watch a YouTube video, you can view this video. That means you can use any device, any screen that can load a web page for you to login. Any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, smart TV or TV with a streaming box or stick should work. You can test your setup by playing the video on this page. If that works, you should be good to go. 

How long is the video? How long do I need to schedule for a watch party?

The video runs 30 minutes. For a group watch party, schedule 45 minutes. You'll want that extra time to discuss what you watched and to network and talk with each other. 

You can bring friends:

Once you’re registered, you can schedule more than one viewing between the 1st and the 15th so you reach as many people as possible. Read our tips for fun Watch Parties

We allow you to watch alone, invite friends and hold multiple replays in your town, as long as you’re personally present each time. If others want to watch without you, we ask that they also register. 

Who should you invite?

  • Your friends who love to do things with you
  • Visionaries like yourself
  • Positive thinkers and doers
  • Business owners and managers
  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, chambers
  • Economic development folks
  • Elected officials from municipalities, counties, tribes
  • People who care about your town

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  • We had a fabulous inaugural “EDC after hours” on Wednesday night this week! We did the replay of the Bringing Big Ideas to Life – it was a perfect launching point for discussion! We had 25 of our members in attendance, and secured three new members as a result!
    Julie Barr, Schoolcraft County, U.P., Michigan
  • There are always great take-aways from the videos that can be put into place immediately. One of my favorites is changing your store's evening vibe (different music, lighting, etc.) because evening shoppers are not the same as day time shoppers.
    Diane Moore, Wheaton, Illinois
  • I have so many ideas, but didn't really have the motivating vehicle to get the stakeholders together to present them. Your video is the perfect vehicle to generate the enthusiasm and wherewithal to needed to start the ball rolling. While viewing the video, my enthusiasm to see things happen in Cleveland was regenerated, and it hasn't waned. I can't wait to start that journey. Keeping in mind, there are so many areas to address, I joined and am now a member of the Insiders so I can view all of the videos.
    Mary Johnson, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce
  • I ran the "Top Ten Trends for Small Towns in 2017" video from my Megaphone subscription about three months ago. Two ladies who were there jumped on the Painted Rocks idea and set up a FB page for our town of 900. They invited everyone to target "What Canada Means to You" images to start the ball rolling and aimed for everyone to hide their rocks a day or two before Canada Day, July 1st. It went over great. Today 337 members and going strong. Now moving on with more videos. Great reception for "Gather Your Crowd," with more ideas bubbling up.
    Paul Douglas Stevens, Ontario
  • What a TERRIFIC marketing Video. I had 20 businesses show up to watch and they all left with new ideas and an excitement to get back and start implementing! I’ve already had 5 businesses reach out in less than 2 hours after it ended, that are already putting your ideas into action.
    Mandy Walsh, City of Lampasas, Texas
  • Your videos are just so precious. I wish I could fill an auditorium with our local chamber of commerce leaders and boards to hear you both.
    Jim Blankenship, Tennessee
  • This video stimulated lots of note-taking and conversation between the business owners gathered at my house. Deb and Becky gave us some new ideas and several excellent examples of known models. I think some of us are thinking of pivoting our summer’s plans after participating in Wednesday’s event. Thanks for a well-thought out presentation!
    Jonya, Oronoco, Minnesota,
  • I watched the video last night. It was great. I think you and Deb make good team. Nice banter, good pacing, and lots of useful information. Excellent!
    Cindy Kelly, Kansas
  • I appreciated the very relaxed feel to the video. No monotone drone that gets tuned out off and on throughout a session... I watched it twice as matter of fact.
    James Leonard, Town of Buffalo, Oklahoma
  • The great thing is that the principles you discuss are as applicable here in rural Australia as they are in the USA!
    David Scott, Destination Dorrigo, Australia


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