• Increase birth rate

    Chautauqua, NY, USA | Increase Birth Rate

    Location: Chautauqua, NY, USA Goal: Raise declining birthrate to 3.4 children / couple Date started: 23rd May 2014 Goal Completion Date: 23 May 2015   Situation Description: One of the great challenges facing any small town is a declining population. As children grow up and seek the excitement and energy of the big city, there […]

  • increase seniors computer literacy

    Eden, NSW, Australia | Increase computer literacy

    Location: Eden, NSW, Australia Goal: Increase overall computer literacy to 75% with a specific focus on increasing the computer literacy in the over 65 year old category to 50% Date started: 9th June 2014 Goal Completion Date: 9th June 2015   Situation Description: Like a lot of smaller towns across the globe, Eden is facing […]

  • Buffalo Ridge

    Buffalo Ridge, SD, USA | Get Our Town on TV

    Location: Buffalo Ridge, South Dakota, USA. Goal: Increase town tourism revenue by at least 30%, by getting Buffalo Ridge featured on a national tourism TV series. Date Started: December 1, 2014. Goal Completion Date: December 1, 2015. Situation Description: Buffalo Ridge, SD is an archetypal American small town whose livelihood relies heavily on money made […]

  • Classic and vintage cars for sale

    Classic Car Festival | Merimbula, Australia

    Location: Merimbula, NSW, Australia Goal: Increase tourism by 22% Date started: 11th August 2014 Goal Completion Date: 11th August 2015   Situation Description: With all the lights, glamour, and action that large cities provide, it’s getting harder and harder for small towns to attract tourists. Whilst some towns are able to deal with the decreasing levels of tourism through focussing […]

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    Sibleyport, NE, USA | Web Development Skills For Kids

    Location: Sibleyport, NE, USA Goal: Increase Web Development Skills in Kids aged 10-18 Date started: 21st July 2014 Goal Completion Date: July 2017   Situation Description: In this new economy, we have to equip our children with the skills necessary to succeed. Skills in coding and web development are increasingly in demand as we advance […]

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Increase birth rate

Chautauqua, NY, USA | Increase Birth Rate

Location: Chautauqua, NY, USA

Goal: Raise declining birthrate to 3.4 children / couple

Date started: 23rd May 2014

Goal Completion Date: 23 May 2015

 

Situation Description: One of the great challenges facing any small town is a declining population. As children grow up and seek the excitement and energy of the big city, there is a strong tendency to leave home in search of everything they see on the news and current affairs programs every night.

This results in a large population drop-off and a big hole in the available workforce.

Chautauqua is no exception to this situation.

68% of children born in Chautauqua will leave home for life in the big city. Of those, only 16% will ever return. This is resulting in a steep population drop-off that if unaddressed, could result in the death of our beautiful town.

We cannot stand by and allow this to happen.

 

Actions: In order to remedy this situation, we have decided to take steps to increase the birth rate and fill the holes in our population.

The steps we will be taking are as follows:

1. Increasing funding for medical facilities by 8.6% over the next 2 years to provide extra hospital beds and gynaecological services. This will form part of the new budget to be delivered later in this year.
2. Hosting speed dating and other social events in the town in an effort to increase social interaction between singles. These events will be overseen by the good people from the Attraction Institute. They’ll be designing, implementing, monitoring, ad facilitating these events to ensure maximum… results :-)
3. Providing a $2000 upfront payment for all new children born to help relieve the financial pressure on new parents. These payments will be available for all parents giving birth after 30th June 2014
4. Increasing childcare places by 14% to make sure we have the support necessary for when the new children arrive. These places will be made available through a strong recruitment campaign of new childcare workers.

Through these 4 steps, we’re confident that we can raise the declining birth rate and save our town.

We’ll report back with results at the conclusion of this program.

increase seniors computer literacy

Eden, NSW, Australia | Increase computer literacy

Location: Eden, NSW, Australia

Goal: Increase overall computer literacy to 75% with a specific focus on increasing the computer literacy in the over 65 year old category to 50%

Date started: 9th June 2014

Goal Completion Date: 9th June 2015

 

Situation Description: Like a lot of smaller towns across the globe, Eden is facing a the problem of an ageing population. Whilst this bring many significant challenges, including health services, lack of workforce, and declining population, the ageing citizens themselves also face challenges.

One of the most significant challenges of young adults moving away from their home town and their parents is isolation and loneliness.

With recent studies showing that loneliness is a bigger killer than obesity, we can’t afford to let this situation go without taking positive and swift action.

Actions: To combat the rise of loneliness and isolation in our ageing community, the Eden local community centre is commited to increasing the computer literacy of the 65+ age group to reduce levels of loneliness in the community.

Free training programs will be run twice a week and will be open to all people who wish to connect with more people, not only in their local community, but abroad as well.

The training will focus on computer basics such as keyboard and mouse operation, as well as using basic programs such as email. Once these skills are mastered, more complex skill such as signing up for and using social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and other connection tools such as Skype, will form the main focus of the classes.

More advanced users will then be able to take a short course on how to make a website, run by local man, Charles Wodsworth, who’s written a guide on how to make a website here. His support in creating detailed instructions on how to build websites has been invaluable and we thank him.

To help us achieve our goal of increased computer literacy in the 65+ age group, the majority of our marketing efforts will be focussed at relevant social events and aged care facilities.

We will report back in regular intervals with details of our progress.

Buffalo Ridge

Buffalo Ridge, SD, USA | Get Our Town on TV

Location: Buffalo Ridge, South Dakota, USA.

Goal: Increase town tourism revenue by at least 30%, by getting Buffalo Ridge featured on a national tourism TV series.

Date Started: December 1, 2014.

Goal Completion Date: December 1, 2015.

Situation Description: Buffalo Ridge, SD is an archetypal American small town whose livelihood relies heavily on money made from tourist attractions. But due to the economic recession over the past years, we’ve seen an alarming decline in tourist revenue.

Buffalo Ridge is home to a pretty unique tourist attraction perfect for anyone who’s enthusiastic about classic Western legends and historic American culture. The 1880 Cowboy Town, built in 1960, is a Wild West themed pocket attraction. What makes it unique is the fact that it is completely automated and populated entirely by robots dressed in period-accurate attire. (Yes, you read that right.)

Our plan is to get the 1880 Cowboy Town featured on a national tourism TV series. Popular shows like the Food Network‘s hit “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, the Travel Channel’s “Mystery at the Museum”, and National Geographic’s “Forgotten America” delve into interesting attractions and unique locations all across the country. In addition to TV airtime, these shows also stream on Netflix and receive increased viewership (international viewers can learn how to watch Netflix overseas here).

Action: Whenever a town is featured on one of these shows, they consequently experience a dramatic increase in tourist revenue. We think that Buffalo Ridge’s 1880 Cowboy Town is a perfect fit for one of these tourism shows. If we could get our attraction covered on TV, we’d see an increase in the number of visitors coming through this town and therefore an increase in profits for local businesses.

We plan to get the town council pitching this idea to the Travel Channel and other TV networks that run travel-themed shows. We hope to see some forward movement in the next few months, and we’ll certainly be reporting back with any progress made!

Classic and vintage cars for sale

Classic Car Festival | Merimbula, Australia

Location: Merimbula, NSW, Australia

Goal: Increase tourism by 22%

Date started: 11th August 2014

Goal Completion Date: 11th August 2015

 

Situation Description: With all the lights, glamour, and action that large cities provide, it’s getting harder and harder for small towns to attract tourists. Whilst some towns are able to deal with the decreasing levels of tourism through focussing on growth in other primary industries, Merimbula isn’t so lucky.

The towns economy is built around the tourist dollar providing jobs and cashflow for the town.

We aim to fix this.

We’ve already taken on a number of initiatives designed to increase the amount of tourists flocking to our town, including the Jazz Festival and Mal competition, but we need to continue to grow these.

 

Actions: In order to stop the decline in tourism and draw visitors back to the town, Merimbula is going to hold a classic car festival. The specific actions that will be taken are:

  1. Create event plan and secure location
  2. Develop marketing plan that utilises the networks of classic car clubs and groups in the local area
  3. Identify local businesses who can provide support for the event
  4. Establish a ‘classic cars for sale’ area (to be hosted by Prestige Classic Cars)

We will report back as these actions are taken and let you know the progress.

coding kids

Sibleyport, NE, USA | Web Development Skills For Kids

Location: Sibleyport, NE, USA

Goal: Increase Web Development Skills in Kids aged 10-18

Date started: 21st July 2014

Goal Completion Date: July 2017

 

Situation Description: In this new economy, we have to equip our children with the skills necessary to succeed. Skills in coding and web development are increasingly in demand as we advance into this digital age.

It is of paramount importance that the youngsters of the next generation not be left behind. It is no secret that coding and design are some of the most sought after skills for any business. It is an asset to anyone, regardless of their chosen field.

These design skills will also empower our youth to be able to start their own businesses, which will help to improve our own local economy. At the end of the day, it is very important that our children and teens go out into the world of work with an asset that will help them to stand out from the crowd.

Promoting the acquisition of computer skills is also important for the retention of our population. If more kids are able to work from home and earn a substantial income, it will reduce the lure of the big cities. Studies have shown that the earlier kids are introduced to coding and design, the more talented they become as they grow older.

They are also more confident in their skills than someone who starts as an adult. It’s similar to learning a language. It’s a lot easier to pick up and become fluent in a language the earlier you are exposed to it.

As a community it is imperative that we do our best to instill the skills in our kids, whether they become the CEO of a new startup or they live a comfortable life working their home office, the possibilities are endless.

 

Actions: In order to increase awareness about opportunities as well as promote design and coding skills in our youth, we are planning to implement a 3 year program.

• Web Career Day: Similar to a traditional career day, but with speakers working in the internet marketing and web design industry. We will have speakers from Website Brokerage Firm Digital Exits, Team Treehouse, an online school for coding and design, and Bruce Clay Inc, an internet marketing firm.

• Implementation of a fun 1 year beginners coding and design series for all ages. This programme will introduce them to the FUNdamentals of web design and coding. It will teach them all about the history of coding and how to hand code their own simple websites and mobile apps.

• Intermediate Program: All students who complete the beginners course will have the option of proceeding to the intermediate course. This course will introduce more advanced concepts and introduce them to more complex languages such as Ruby and Python.

• The final stage, the Advanced Course will be project based, and guide students along to creating their first website and mobile app which would be fit for commercial release. While other kids are out using Facebook and Pinterest, our kids will be creating their own versions of them.

• Bonus: There will also be a bonus course centered around marketing strategy and branding.

All courses will be taught by industry experts from top internet marketing and design firms. All volunteers have on-the-ground experience, have worked in the industry and are passionate about educating the younger generation
The courses will be 100% free for students and will not be mandatory.