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What does your small town most need help with?

Survey of Rural Challenges: what small town people see as their biggest challenges and what topics rural people most want help with. See the results at

Tell us on the Survey of Rural Challenges

You might be tired of all the COVID-related surveys this year. This survey is different: we’ve been asking for and listening to your rural challenges since 2015.

We’ll share the results in future videos, articles and stories without ever identifying you personally. Several other important rural organizations pay attention too.


We believe small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources.

Becky McCray and Deb Brown

We picked the name SaveYour.Town because that is what you are going to do, save your town. No one is coming to do it for you.

No factory or big business is going to save you. No outside expert has the one right answer. It’s you.

You are going to shift a few key behaviors away from bureaucracy and officials and toward the people. You’ll let go of old formal rules and organizations in order to empower everyone to play a small but meaningful role. You’ll focus more on tiny experiments by lots of people rather than a few big bets made by only a handful of official leaders. You’ll welcome all ideas, from all the people in your town. 

That’s who’s coming to save your town: all of you.

Together, we’re teaching you specific ways to make your small town a better place. We’re creating the videos, courses and toolkits that help you learn, grow and take action.

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