An Investment in Rural Leaders Launches a Regional Placemaking Movement

Group of people working with a community map
Asset Mapping Activity in Athens, TN

Rhett Bentley from Thrive Regional Partnership and Kathleen Nolte from The Lyndhurst Foundation recently released an article explaining how rural commmunities are perfect for implementing innovative and creative interventions. The tri-state greater Chattanooga region is host to many small communities  that are bursting with potential and resiliency. Thrive Regional Partnership collaborated with The Lyndhurst Foundation in order to leverage arts and culture to create economic diversity.


The Thriving Communities program was developed to equip aspiring community leaders with the skills needed to identify community assets and to be open to unlikely collaborations. The article outlines several key practices that have been learned throughout the process. Please take the time to read, “Investing in grassroots leadership to spark a regional creative placemaking movement” to learn more about the positive impacts that the program has had in the participating communities.