Community Heart and Soul Field Guide

Community Heart & Soul is an inclusive, resident-driven, and sustainable approach to community planning and development designed to increase participation in local decision-making and empower residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place. The Field Guide details step by step, the four phase Community Heart & Soul method that was researched and developed over a decade, including nine towns in New England and the Rocky Mountains

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Daniel Stevenson
Economic Development Director, Biddeford, Maine

"Heart and Soul helped us instill confidence in investors and secure grants. How did this happen? It starts with the first guiding principle of Heart and Soul: involve everyone. The private sector looks for a level of certainty when they invest in a community, and that level of certainty means something."

Tom Hartnett
Maine, Gardiner, Maine

"If you really want to take an in-depth look at what matters to the members of your community and create a stronger, more cohesive community, Heart & Soul's the way to go."

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