Let’s suppose you have a really ambitious goal in life – you want to kill your community! You want to drive away people, eliminate jobs, undermine businesses, and you won’t quit until the whole place is in ruins. Don’t know how to go about it? You’re in luck – here is a handy manual, chock-full of proven ideas, for the up-and-coming town wrecker. This is the book for you!
But suppose you have a different goal – you want to save your community. You want to promote growth, ensure prosperity, build for the future. Well, you too can benefit from <em>13 Ways</em>. All you have to do is follow the advice in reverse, and before you know it, you and your neighbours will have built a thriving, successful community that’s the envy of everyone.
About the Authors
Doug Griffiths has a passionate interest in promoting the well-being of Canada’s prairie communities. Co-author of the Rural Alberta: the Land of Opportunity report, at one time the youngest MLA in Alberta, now serving his third term in government, he has visited most of the 422 communities in the province to learn first-hand about the special challenges that confront small and not-so-small communities in the 21st century. 13 Ways is the summary of eight years of experience gained through intense involvement with towns from one end of the province to the other.
Kelly Clemmer is a prize-winning journalist with The Wainwright Review and The Wainwright Star Chronicle, past Vice President of the Writers Guild of Alberta, and has been widely recognized for his contributions to enhancing the quality of life in rural communities.