What do we do at HandMade? Small Town Revitalization

December 12, 2011

This month we’re going to make special posts about each of the current programs at HandMade in America:

  • Small Town Revitalization
  • Craft, Architecture and Design
  • Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship Training Program
  • The HandMade Institute
  • Cultural Asset Advocacy

Small Town Revitalization:

One of our oldest and most dynamic initiatives, our Small towns Revitalization program applies grassroots, volunteer-led methods to rejuvenating the physical and civic infrastructure of Western North Carolina’s smaller communities.

  • Small towns use their key cultural assets and traditions as the basis for projects that draw visitors, attract artists as residents, and create sustainable businesses and new jobs.
  • Our ongoing Small Town Conversations cover topics such as Building a Cultural Heritage Attraction in Your Small Town, and Renovating Big Buildings in Small Towns.
  • Currently, we work with 13 small towns in 10 counties throughout WNC to connect them with funders and resources that support their revitalization projects.
  • Between 1996 and 2010. HandMade’s Small Town Revitalization program leveraged $10 million of public funds into $43 million of private investment, for a total investment of $53 million, resulting in a net gain of nearly 300 new businesses and over 600 new jobs.

The HandMade Small Town Program continues to serve Western North Carolina through it’s innovative process. If you would like to help support HandMade programs, please visit our fundraiser on Indiegogo.


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