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Old 04-28-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Numerous small towns in the upper midwest IA, MN, WI etc. Meet your requirements up to and includeing local power generation with enough capacity to carry town load. One for sure will meet the previous defination as they have a core group of dedicated, like minded,team trained people from many walks of life that have already pledged themselves to care for the community in time of need.....
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:32 AM
 
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This interesting article summarize research that will give you some insight into self-sufficient small towns

Finding Rural America's Prosperous Communities | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

The full research paper is
http://www.ace.illinois.edu/Reap/IssermanFeserWarren_070523_RuralProsperity.pdf (broken link)
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but Sandy Springs, GA became independent from Atlanta, and has privatized it's city services.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:50 PM
 
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I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but Sandy Springs, GA became independent from Atlanta, and has privatized it's city services.
That won't count because it is a satellite of Atlanta.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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In Upstate NY, depending upon what one considers a small town, places like Lowville, Carthage/West Carthage, Owego, Clinton(close to Utica, but has a legit town center), Potsdam, Canton, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Hamilton, Cobleskill, Cooperstown, East Aurora, Dansville, Bath, Watkins Glen and Ticonderoga, among others, would fit the criteria.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Morris, MN
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Reading through this thread, I'm not sure what the goals are. Economic self sufficiency or energy self sufficiency?

Well, let's tackle both. Energy self sufficiency in the rural midwest easily outperforms urban centers in the region. The growth of wind power where I live on the great plains is much more progressive than ever before. Numerous other initiatives in solar and biomass find easier adoption in areas where NIMBY is less of a concern.

For economic self sufficiency consider looking at the strongest municipality in each county. Yes, there are winners and losers. Some industries grow a town; others leave or depopulate a community. Agribusiness is a touchy subject. Meat processing will definitely change the fabric of a community, for better or worse depending on your interpretation. Some agribusiness corporations are good citizens, and others exploit. Consider a college town-- my community is home to a public university. White collar jobs do exist in rural areas. I am very fortunate to live in this community with all it's cultural opportunities especially considering how remote we are. Thanks to the university's progressive thinking, we have direct fiber internet to every home, choir concerts, orchestra concerts, band concerts, theatrical plays, etc. Because of the university, the public schools in the region benefit from all the investment and participation from education majors.

For me, the best rural environments are college towns. There are oodles of them out there. We made our decision to move here last year. No regrets.

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Old 05-22-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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There are plenty of viable towns and villages in Alaska. Of course, there is gas and groceries brought in from outside most places, but self-sufficient in terms of having a steady population and operating independent of an urban hub, sure.
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