My Town Hustle is an in-depth look at the people, products, and processes that make your small-town work. Focusing on entrepreneurship and creative economies, My Town Hustle explores the ideas that make our cities special.
EP 18 - Can Trash Be Pretty?
In this week's episode, Sam and Jared will discuss trash. Yes, that is right, trash. From trash cans on the sidewalk to trash dumpsters in the alleyways, there are some cool ways that trash is being collected and stored in your downtowns.
EP 17 - Ideas for your Town (Session 1)
In this week's episode, Jared and Sam explore a variety of ideas that you could use in your town. These ideas are ones that both Jared and Sam are particularly passionate about. From making your city more child-friendly to the redevelopment of alleyways, listen in as they explore what a life would be like if these ideas would come true in their own community but also yours.
EP 16 - Being a Public Servant
Have you thought about going into the public sector? Do you have a desire to help your community or you are interested in local, state, or federal government? Well, in this week's episode, Bret and Sam will discuss their own journeys to becoming public servants. What their experience has been like, how has it changed, what school was like, and so much more. We are missing Jared this week as he and his wife, Alaina have welcomed a new baby into their home. Join us this week to learn more about what it is like, why it is important, and who we feel should be in these roles. More importantly, we want our listeners to know that this field is powerful and provides so much good.
EP 15 – Annexation In Cities
Do you live just outside the city? Do you live in a community that was formed like the City of Eagleton in Parks and Rec because they left a city like Pawnee to make something better? Are you missing out on an essential service because of where you live? Well, in this week's episode, we'll go over annexation. Annexation is the legal process in which municipalities can grow their boundaries into areas in which are not already incorporated into that particular municipality. Now, there are a lot of pros and cons which we'll discuss in the episode like increase taxes or access to public utilities but one aspect that we look into is, should cities be wanting to grow? Do they have the resources to expand and offer more of their services to neighboring communities? Annexation in smaller rural areas versus bigger cities is different but why should cities limit themselves from growth, especially if there is an opportunity for new development or available land outside the city, which is more of the case in smaller rural areas. Although we discuss the process within the State of Ohio, every state is different but all annexations are a long process so be prepared and hopefully, if you are a city official, you are looking at growing your tax base and all the services that you provide.
EP 14 – What Is CDBG?
CDBG or otherwise known as Community Development Block Grants. Most communities have it but what exactly is it? Most people might know it because either their community uses those funds for sidewalk improvements or use them to help low-to-moderate income homes with improvements. Better yet, your community might use them for both. In this week's episode, we'll take a look at what CDBG is, why was it established, does reform need to happen?, and what we feel communities should be using these funds for. Each State administers this block grant to local communities differently and can have different or the same programs as other states, depending on their needs. Although we have only started the dig on what CDBG really is, the three of us can agree that there are small and large needs that communities can use these funds for but do you know what those projects are? Do you know that you have a voice in those projects or better yet, do you know what programs your community offers?
EP 13 – TIFs in Small Towns
TIFs. Tax Increment Financing. What is that? Well, most developers or city planners are familiar with TIFs. TIFs are just one way to incentivize development in your community. This week, we explore how TIFS are typically used in Small Towns, and from our experience, they are used in a way that goes against what they were originally intended for. Most cities go after the big box retailers with new infrastructure which creates your "typical" on the border commercial district. When a TIF district is established, it is used to subsidize redevelopment or other infrastructure projects by diverting future property tax increases based on the redevelopment and is used to help pay off bonds or other costs of the project. We discuss rather or not this is the best way for small communities to incentivize development and should they be looking at other methods? Small Towns are always looking for the "next" big thing but why can't these TIFs be used for current infrastructure like your downtown? Why not, right?
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Thanks for sharing great knowledge about government (and other) programs.
I’m on my second round of listening to every episode available so far. Great resource for anyone involved with breathing a little life into their small town. Keep up the great work!