Save Your Town with Deb Brown and Becky McCray
On today’s show, Rebecca chats with Deb Brown and Becky McCray, co-founders of Save Your Town, a website dedicated to showing people specific ways to make their small town a better place. Deb and Becky create videos, courses and toolkits that help small town people learn, grow and take action. They believe small towns can be saved by their own people using their own resources.
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Save Your Town Episode Summary:
On the show today, Deb Brown and Becky McCray of Save Your Town, share the results of their 2019 Survey of Rural Challenges (link below) and offer a variety of ideas about how we can think differently about how to make things happen in our small towns. You’re going to want to get a pen and some paper ready, because Deb and Becky offer many ideas for small-town growth you can implement right away!
About Deb Brown and Becky McCray
About Deb Brown:
Deb grew up on a farm outside of Geneva, Iowa, population 141. Her first entrepreneurial venture was raising a hog. You’d find her either with her nose in a history book or out exploring abandoned houses and buildings. Funny, things haven’t changed much, she’s still working on filling empty buildings in small towns.
A wealth of experience includes leading a small town chamber of commerce, foreign casualty insurance underwriting, bartending, managing internet stores and luggage stores, selling knives, and working with small towns. Deb has lived in tiny towns, small towns, small cities and a major metro city. Yet, she’s come home to a small town and travels to many others to help. Deb is a relentless optimist and knows how to build possibility in your small town. Better yet, she inspires you to take small steps towards a brighter future for your community.
About Becky McCray:
Becky McCray believes small towns have a future. She watches the global trends in the economy, technology and society, then she delivers practical steps rural people can implement right now to shape the future of their town. Her advice is based on her real world experience as a lifelong entrepreneur and cattle rancher. She makes her home in Hopeton, Oklahoma, a town of 30 people. She doesn’t just talk about rural issues; she lives them.