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Recommended Reading by The Presbyterian Outlook

Posted on July 25th, 2019 at 8:31 PM

The Presbyterian Outlook

The Presbyterian Outlook, Recommended Reading

The Presbyterian Outlook invited a variety of people they admire to share books that made an impression on them and that they think others will find meaningful. Our Towns tops their recommended summer reading list. 

Says Deborah McKinley, pastor of East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church in Craftsbury, Vermont, "The Fallows settled upon 10 ½ distinguishing characteristics of civic success that are very interesting. (The ½ is being home to a craft brewery or distillery.) I found myself reflecting on these attributes as they might pertain to the church. It made for a very rich inner conversation."


Featured in Nonprofit Quarterly

Posted on July 23rd, 2019 at 5:36 PM

Nonprofit QuarterlyNonprofit Quarterly, Homegrown Economic Dev Bears Fruit in VA

Steve Dubb's July 23, 2019 column in Nonprofit Quarterly highlights Jim and Deb Fallowses' efforts to illustrate effective economic development activities in Danville, VA. The city's focus on investing in building community capacity, Dubbs points out, often outperforms efforts to buy success through tax incentives. 

Read the column here.


Featured in the Elk Rapids News

Posted on July 21st, 2019 at 5:22 PM

Elk Rapids NewsElk Rapids News, Authors to Share Journey into Heart of America

Barb Mosher of the Elk Rapids News features Jim and Deb's upcoming appearance in Elk Rapids, Michigan, July 25 at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Green Elk Rapids.

Said Royce Ragland, Green Elk Rapids chairperson, “Although we clearly see our mission as raising awareness about environmental issues, we’re also keenly aware that the way we do that is engaging our community and working with other organizations. The message of Our Towns is right on target for the way we try to operate.” For tickets, click here.

The Fallowses will also speak Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City, hosted by the GTR Community Foundation. Event registration is $15. For more information and to register, click here.


See Jim and Deb in Elk Rapids, MI

Posted on July 18th, 2019 at 7:58 PM

Elk Rapids poster

More information here.


Featured in the Argus Leader

Posted on July 18th, 2019 at 7:46 PM

Argus LeaderArgus Leader, Sioux Falls Featured in HBO Documentary

Sious Falls' Argus Leader highlights Jim and Deb Fallows bringing their HBO film crew to the city to film a segment of their upcoming documentary. 

Read the article here.


Featured on WDTN Dayton

Posted on July 13th, 2019 at 2:48 PM

WDTN News Dayton, OHWDTN Top 10 Things to Know about the Dayton Economy

WDTN TV's BJ Bethel summarized a recent Ohio State University/Carnegie Endowment for Peace report with 10 takeaways. Number 10, "Microbreweries = Healthy City" was taken from the Our Towns list of 11 signs a city was succeeding or going to succeed. Bethel quotes Jim Fallows, "One final marker, perhaps the most reliable: A city on the way back will have one or more craft breweries, and probably some small distilleries too.”

As of now, Dayton has 17 microbreweries according to Google’s search engine


Referenced in The American Spectator

Posted on July 13th, 2019 at 10:19 AM

The American SpectatorAmerican Spectator Book Review

In his American Spectator review of American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation, G.Tracy Mehan III cites James and Deborah Fallows and Our Towns on, "the vibrancy of positive, local restorative action in communities across America." The book, by Timothy S. Goeglein and Craig Osten, was published by Regnery Gateway.


Referenced in Little Rock Soiree

Posted on June 27th, 2019 at 5:28 PM

Little Rock Soiree, Serving Little Rock Right

Hank Kelley, the new president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, has big plans, inspired in part by Our Towns.

Read the article here


'Our Towns' in 'The Atlantic'

Posted on June 18th, 2019 at 5:22 PM

The Atlantic, Our Towns, The Reinvention of a Downtown: Danville's Story Part II

In this second post about Danville's downtown revival, Jim provides several illustrations of the city's downtown progress, the work that's been done and work that remains.


'Our Towns' in 'The Atlantic'

Posted on June 13th, 2019 at 8:19 AM

The Atlantic, Our Towns, The Reinvention of Danville's Downtown: Part I

Danville, in "Southside" Virginia near the North Carolina border, is a former factory town, suffering the issues towns suffer when those factories shut down. The city of 40,000 was once one of the richest places in the Piedmont area, a major center of first the tobacco and then the textile industries. It was also, for a one-week period, the final capital city of the Confederacy.

The city's plans for dealing with its past and planning for its future will be covered in future posts. Read the set-up here.