✅ Curated content – saves you time & money that you’d otherwise spend following multiple sources and attending conferences like ICMA, APA, CNU, GFOA, etc.
✅ Access to a community of like-minded peers from various roles and technical backgrounds to share and explore ideas, success stories and lessons learned with.
😳 Do you see and feel a need to change your city’s development approach to one that is financially strong, environmentally resilient and socially inclusive, but struggle to get others on board?
😳 Are you tired of participating in siloed organizations and conferences that only focus on pieces of community building—and hungry for one place that connects people and perspectives from different disciplines together to work collaboratively toward shared goals?
😳 Would you like to learn about specific actions and approaches that will help your community make immediate and meaningful progress with the resources you have available?
We know that too often, local government employees wind up feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of growing problems and shrinking resources—and feeling powerless to make meaningful changes. We don’t think city leaders like you should have to carry these burdens alone.
In our work with cities across North America, we come across people and places doing great things to transform themselves, their teams, and their cities. The Go Cultivate! workshops and podcast we launched in 2018 gave us a platform to share these stories, tools, and approaches with other community leaders hungry for new options. But it became clear that change agents in cities - people like you - wanted a place to explore these issues and actions on a deeper level with our team and especially with each other.
We wondered if there was a way to turn these connections into something bigger - a place to connect, empower and grow community change agents in local government. We've created this network to be that place. As your community hosts, our Verdunity crew will do our very best to provide relevant content, experiences, and discussions to support you and your team on your quest to make your community stronger.
Chuck Marohn, Founder & President of Strong Towns
Shared values. The Cultivators in this community really care about their city's economic, financial, environmental, and social well being. It's a group you can confidently share your challenges, ideas, and progress with.
Mix of expertise and perspectives. Community Cultivators are city managers, finance directors, elected and appointed officials, planners, engineers, economic development specialists, public works directors and more. What aligns all of us in the community is a passion and commitment to moving our communities beyond business as usual.
Challenging questions. The right questions move us toward solutions for more equitable, sustainable, responsible, and compassionate cities. We are constantly asking the (sometimes uncomfortable) questions that spark creative responses to our communities' biggest problems.
Discussions that matter. We firmly believe that vulnerability is the route to authentic connections and 'aha' moments, so we've created a safe space where we can sweat the big stuff.