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David Salvesen and Spencer CowanCo-PIs. Graham County and the small mountain town of Robbinsville are grappling with many of the same issues faced by other small, rural communities across North Carolina: A deteriorating economy and a declining tax base. The loss of traditional industries has left a gaping hole in the town’s economy, with few prospects for growth and economic development on the horizon. The Center for Urban & Regional Studies and the Center for Sustainable Communities engaged the town in a process of developing a vision for the future and a plan of action to achieve that vision. The project included meetings with town leaders, interviews with other key informants, and engagement with the community at large in order to identify strategies the town can consider to improve its prospects for a more sustainable future. The project concluded with a final report that includes critical findings and recommendations for action by the town. For more information on this project contact David Salvesen at