1. Heart & Soul Minute: In Laconia, Community Matters to Millennials


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    In Laconia, New Hampshire, millennials, drawn by a longing for community and the opportunities here for lake and mountain recreation, are making the choice to live and invest in the town. They can envision their peers joining them here, too, as the local economy gains traction. Re-imagine Laconia, a Community Heart & Soul project aimed at informing the city’s master plan, has been underway for about a year and already changes have started to percolate, like plans to restore the downtown movie theater and a new coffee shop.

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    • Heart & Soul Minute: A Co-op with Heart & Soul in Polson, Montana


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      When the Montana Co-op located a food hub in Polson, Montana, it would become much more than a place to pick up local produce and meat. The Food Hub was conceived as an activity center where residents could take classes, exercise and play music. As plans for the food hub took shape, Co-op founder Jason Moore looked to the results of a Community Heart & Soul project to gain perspective on unmet needs in the town.

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      • Heart & Soul Minute: Discovering What Matters in Laconia, New Hampshire


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        Community members in Laconia, New Hampshire share what matters most to them about their town. Community safety, a strong economy, the beautiful environment and quality of life are among the common themes. These themes emerged as the Community Heart & Soul team, named Re-imagine Laconia, gathered stories and ideas in a number of creative ways. Learn about how this critical part of the Heart & Soul process unfolded in this lakeside city.

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        • Heart & Soul: A Spark that Reignited Biddeford


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          Biddeford, a former mill town in southern Maine, recently shed its stigma as a "trash town" after city council decided to purchase and shut down the incinerator that anchored the downtown for a quarter century. A Community Heart & Soul™ project focused on involving everyone in determining the city's future helped catalyze that momentous change that proved to be a turning point. In the past seven years, Biddeford, population 21,000, has seen over $20 million invested in the downtown. The city's iconic mill buildings are being redeveloped and vacant storefronts are filling with shops. See how Heart & Soul sparked change in Biddeford.

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          • Hippies & Rednecks Unite! Colorado Kids Tackle Stereotypes


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            Children from Colorado's North Fork Valley stand up to stereotypes. This short video is part of a larger production funded by a grant from the Orton Family Foundation in conjunction with the region's Community Heart & Soul project. Theater director and filmmaker Merrily Talbott worked with middle and high school students to create a performing arts piece about stereotypes, respect and inclusion. The stage production, "Hippies & Rednecks Unite!" included a short film featuring over 60 area young people reciting poems they had written about their personal experiences with stereotypes. A performance and screening at the local theater was a major success, stimulating dialogue among students and adults. Merrily and the cast continue to bring the production to more communities, and are seeking funding and communities in which to further the work. Contact paoniaplayers@gmail.com for more information.

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            • Heart & Soul Minute: Laconia Launches Community Heart & Soul


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              Laconia, New Hampshire kicked off Community Heart & Soul in the summer of 2014. Re-imagine Laconia has residents considering what matters most to them. Their common values will inform the city's Master Plan. Community Heart & Soul in Laconia is a partnership with Orton, NH Listens and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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              • Reimagining Laconia: Community Heart & Soul Begins in Laconia, New Hampshire


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                As Laconia, N.H., begins their Community Heart & Soul process as "Reimagining Laconia," they are using video to inform their community about the process

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                • The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth - GrowSmart Maine Summit 2014


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                  Why plan for growth and change, when it seems so much easier to simply react? When there is a distinct and shared vision for your community - when residents, businesses and local government anticipate a sustainable town with cohesive and thriving neighborhoods - you have the power to conserve your beautiful natural spaces, enhance your existing downtown or Main Street, enable rural areas to be productive and prosperous, and save money through efficient use of existing infrastructure. This is the dollars and sense of smart growth. Success is clearly visible in Maine, from the creation of a community-built senior housing complex and health center in Fort Fairfield to conservation easements creating Forever Farms to Rockland's revitalized downtown. Communities have options. We have the power to manage our own responses to growth and change. After all, “Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.” - Richard I. Winwood And in the end, this means that our children and their children will choose to make Maine home and our economy will provide the opportunities to do so. The Summit offers you a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the transformative change in Maine that we’ve seen these gatherings produce. We encourage you to consider the value of being actively involved in growing Maine’s economy and protecting the reasons we choose to live here.

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                  • Community Heart & Soul™—Making What Matters Most Count


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                    Lyman Orton, founder of the Orton Family Foundation and proprietor, with his three sons, of the Vermont Country Store, talks about how he channeled his passion for rural towns into a way to help them thrive. In addition, a city planner, a mayor, an arts commissioner, and others talk about how Community Heart & Soul™ transformed them and their towns.

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                    • H&S Minute: How Heart & Soul Unlocked "Silos" in Biddeford, Maine


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                      In this Heart & Soul Minute video Donna McNeil, former director of the Maine Arts Commission, discusses what happens when Community Heart & Soul™ breaks down communication “silos” in a place and people start talking about what matters most.

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