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How-To Guides for Community Vibrancy

How-To Guides for Community Vibrancy

EO Fisher Middle

Upstate JROTC programs work to enhance their community. (Liberty High School Red Devil Battalion Color Guard pictured.)


"Before I. . ." walls in Travelers Rest engage local residents.

Downtown Spartanburg is the home of a FREE miniature golf course.


The Blue Ridge Arts festival implemented a sCATenger hunt in their community.

Community pride is essential for community vibrancy. There are many ways a community can implement a project that allows residents to take ownership of maintaining and improving their community. The Upstate is fortunate that there are many communities which serve as excellent examples for community vibrancy.

During the Spring semester of 2015, USC Upstate students worked with community leaders who have carried out different projects in their community. Students interviewed these leaders to outline best practices, lessons learned, and frequently asked questions which were used to create five different how-to guides which are intended to assist communities in planning a similar initiative.

Instructions for using the How-To Guides:

Begin by completing the Community Assessment. The assessment allows you to evaluate your community to find its strengths and help narrow down the best project for your community. For example, if you complete the assessment and learn that an important war battle happened, perhaps you could plan a festival that celebrates the history and memorializes the soldiers that fought in the battle.

After you have determined your community's strengths, you can move on to one of the how-to guides which include: marketing, branding & signage, public art, festivals & events, and forming a local action committee. In some instances you might want to use more than one guide.

STEP ONE: Community Assessment

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STEP TWO: How-To Guides

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Click the image above to open Marketing How-To Guide.

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Click the image above to open Branding & Signage How-To Guide.

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Click the image above to open the Event Planning How-To Guide.

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Click the image above to open the Public Art How-To Guide.

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Click the image above to open the Local Action Committee How-To Guide.