Leaders of small and rural communities can develop local and regional economies and attract new residents by leveraging common natural environmental, economic, cultural, and physical assets. Learn how it’s done in a webinar that will tell the stories of two communities and their best practices.

The following strategies will be highlighted using a case study approach:

  • Adaptive reuse of underutilized buildings and sites
  • Supporting clusters of existing or emerging industries
  • Leveraging natural resources and amenities

This 90-minute webinar is presented by ICMA in partnership with the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


  • Michael Cain, City Manager of Boyne City, Michigan
  • Glen Catt, Catt Development, Gaylord, Michigan
  • Hugh Conklin, Boyne City Mainstreet Program
  • Mac McClelland, Brownfield Consultant, Otwell Mawby
  • Doug Friedlander, Executive Director of the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce
  • Kimberly Clement, Community Development Officer, Southern Bancorp Community Partners

The audience:
Local government administrators, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders who work on economic development, planning, and sustainability in rural and small town settings.

Session Information
"On Demand" provides you with online access of the recording for 90 days. CD-ROM provides you with a permanent recording of the event. Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your CD once the live event date has concluded.
NOTE: CD-ROM purchase not available for free programs
Date Presented:
September 13, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Sustainable Rural Communities: Asset-Based Economic Development Strategies
Speaker Information
Michael Cain   [ view bio ]
Glen Catt   [ view bio ]
Kimberly Clement   [ view bio ]
Hugh Conklin   [ view bio ]
Doug Friedlander   [ view bio ]
Mac McClelland   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
International City/County Management Association
Continuing Education Hours: 1.50
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