Hometown Growth

Six years ago, Smart Work helped start a brewpub in Millheim, PA. As that institution grew and prospered, we began to think about how to build vibrant local economies that can provide some counterbalance to the roller-coaster ride the global economy is taking us all on. From those beginnings, we have seen six more businesses open in our tiny hamlet of 800 people, started a community conversation about local investment, developed a directory of nearly 250 local businesses and seen an influx of young people into what was a dying rural community.

Using inquiry and collaboration skills, we’ve helped catalyze a new story in our community – that this is a lively, enterprising community with great internal resources –and an economy that is on its way to standing on its own two feet.

Are You Fit to Thrive in Any Economy?