Photos of a variety of people living, working and having fun in small towns and rural communities. Save Your dot Town co-founders Becky McCray and Deb Brown

Hope for small towns

Small towns and rural communities: get practical steps you can put into action right away to shape a better future and Save Your Town

We believe small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources.

We’re Becky McCray from Oklahoma and Deb Brown from Mississippi. You’re in the right place to get practical steps you can put into action right away to shape a better future for your community.  

We specialize in low or no cost solutions, ones that will work in even the tiniest of towns.

Discover our Tour of Empty Buildings, Empty Lot Economic Development and Cheap Downtown Placemaking Ideas, through our short videos, audios, longer courses and detailed toolkits. 

For in person learning, co-founders Deb Brown and Becky McCray deliver keynotes, workshops, and in-depth Idea Friendly Action Visits.

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Making it easier for you to build community

Our 2023 focus

Text says "The Tour of Empty Buildings filled 10 of 12 empty buildings and saved the movie theater." A computer monitor shows a photo of a movie theater marquee that says "Zero to Hero."

March video & audio of the month:

The Tour of Empty Buildings

Webster City, Iowa, in 2013. The big factory had been closed for two years. Then Deb Brown drove into town to interview for the Chamber of Commerce director job.


Intensive Action Package

Invest six months to work with us in person and online to generate lasting change in your community. 

We believe small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources.

Save Your dot Town co-founders Deb Brown and Becky McCray smile at you from an old bridge in a rural setting.

We picked the name SaveYour.Town because that is what you are going to do, save your town. No one is coming to do it for you.

No factory or big business is going to save you. No outside expert has the one right answer. It’s you.

You are going to shift a few key behaviors away from bureaucracy and officials and toward the people. You’ll let go of old formal rules and organizations in order to empower everyone to play a small but meaningful role. You’ll focus more on tiny experiments by lots of people rather than a few big bets made by only a handful of official leaders. You’ll welcome all ideas, from all the people in your town. 

That’s who’s coming to save your town: all of you.

Together, we’re teaching you specific ways to make your small town a better place. We’re creating the videos, courses and toolkits that help you learn, grow and take action.

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