Deb Brown is the small-town whisperer who knows the ins and outs of community revival. Growing up in the minuscule town of Geneva, Iowa, with just 141 residents, she's rooted in rural life. Deb has turned her personal experience and passion into a thriving career, co-founding SaveYour.Town alongside Becky McCray. This platform isn't your typical consultancy; it offers immediate, actionable steps for communities looking to breathe new life into their neighborhoods.
With a storied career that includes serving as the Executive Director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, Deb is no stranger to the challenges small towns face. She specializes in everything from managing empty buildings to innovative rural business models. She doesn't just theorize; Deb rolls up her sleeves and gets involved, offering tailored programs that address the unique needs of each community she serves.
But she's not just about business. Deb is a storyteller at heart, a keynote speaker who has graced stages from the MidStates Economic Development Conference to TEDx Brookings. Her tales aren't pulled from thin air; they're grounded in her hands-on work with townspeople, business owners, and local officials.
When she's not out in the field, you can find her online as @debworks, sharing tidbits of wisdom and stories that continue to inspire hope and action. If you want a real conversation about your town’s future, Deb is just a phone call away at 641-580-0103 or an email to email@example.com.
In a nutshell, Deb Brown isn't just offering small towns a lifeline; she's giving them the tools to save themselves. She’s not just a small-town specialist; she's a small-town savior.
October 30th, 2023 | 33 mins 56 secs
bottom-up approach, community assets, community engagement, eco devo, econdev, economic development, grassroots action, inclusivity, positive mindset, rural economic development, storytelling, testing ideas, youth involvement
Deb Brown discusses strategies for community and economic development in rural areas, emphasizing inclusive community engagement and testing small ideas.