Building A Vibrant Community

How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America

Building A Vibrant Community by Quint Studer book cover

Vibrant communities don't just happen; they're built. This book is your blueprint.

Every community wants to be vibrant. We know the why. We want to create a place our children and grandchildren will want to be. We also know the what. We need to attract investments, provide good jobs, and create lively downtowns where citizens will want to work, live, shop, and play. What’s usually missing is the how.

In Building a Vibrant Community, Quint Studer addresses the what and the why, but also provides a blueprint for how your community can get from where it is now to where it wants to be.

When the citizens of Pensacola, FL, started the town’s revitalization process, it was struggling economically, and downtown had many vacant buildings. Today there is more new construction taking place than at any time in modern history. Property values are soaring. Small businesses are strong and growing. There’s a new focus on education. And downtown is well on its way to vibrancy.

This book shares the lessons Pensacola has learned on this journey and lays out the tactics the community used to get where it is now.

Readers will discover:

  • Strategies for managing the psychological aspects of change — how to alleviate fear, create confidence, and win buy-in
  • Why it’s crucial to diagnose before treating
  • How to create a dashboard that keeps your goals on track and in front of the community
  • Why you need a burning platform to engage people emotionally and drive change
  • Why a vibrant downtown is a crucial part of the mix and the formula for building one
  • Tactics to build out a team of human capital that will sustain your projects
  • Costly mistakes to avoid
  • How the role of government is changing inside communities
  • Why small business owners are your catalysts for change and sustainers — and strategies for engaging and empowering them
  • Creative ways to promote civic engagement

Filled with best practices readers can easily modify for their own needs, this book is a valuable resource for civic leaders, business owners, and all citizens who have a stake in building a community they can be proud to call home. Proceeds from the sale of a new book will go toward early childhood education in the Pensacola area. Click HERE to order your book.

About the author

Quint Studer is founder of Pensacola’s Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the community’s quality of life and moving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties forward. He is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a mentor to many.

Quint has given his life to designing the building blocks for people and organizations that guide them to achieving and sustaining high performance. In 2000 he founded a consulting firm designed to help organizations improve results. Over the years it won multiple awards, including the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. By the time the firm was sold in 2015, it had 250 employees.

In addition to Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America, Quint has authored seven books, including Results That Last, which reached number seven on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. He writes a weekly employee development column that runs every Sunday in the Pensacola News Journal. All proceeds from Creating Vibrant Communities will go toward Studer Community Institute’s work in early childhood learning.

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