Hi all -- I'm a new member working with an interesting outfit here in North Carolina's piedmont. We cover an 8 county rural area marked by lots of small towns, a national forest, and farms.
My interest in this forum started from my work with the small towns. In the last decade all the major mills and factories in this area shut down resulting in the complete decimation of the local economies. In many instances the factories were underwriting the costs of enormous water and sewer infrastructure. Now that the factories are gone and the tax base has dwindled to nothing the towns are stuck with enormous infrastructure costs with noone to pay.
So ... our towns are financially broke but need massive revitalization. Our organization facilitates volunteer operations and supplants town initiatives by writing grants and organizing efforts. Lots of need, lots of work to be done, and we need all the help we can get. From what I've seen so far it looks like cyburbia can help us with some technical hurdles and broaden our access to creativite thinking about small towns.
Happy to be here.