“First Impressions” Community Analysis

For many rural and remote communities desiring to revitalize their downtown or rejuvenate the local economy, where to start, and where to turn for help, are often daunting challenges.

The BC Rural Centre, building on groundbreaking work by the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Extension, is offering a program called First Impressions, that is based on local folks — from neighbouring communities — sharing their observations of one another’s towns, then encouraging and assisting the participating communities to take actions rooted in their neighbours’ observations and suggestions.

First Impressions can lead to “a-ha” moments, and trigger positive actions to make life better in participating rural towns, like the small, isolated West Kootenay villages of New Denver and Silverton.

If you would like to learn more about the program and how your community might benefit, contact the BC Rural Centre’s Director of Communications, Randy Morse, at randy@bcruralcentre.org.