Strong Towns Community Action Lab

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Keeping Medicine Hat financially strong. Today and tomorrow.


Check out Our Strong Towns Journey to see milestones, learn from our lessons, and see what impact is being made in our community.


The Community Action Lab is:

A two-year project that the City of Medicine Hat is taking part in. It will introduce Strong Towns ideas to City staff and to the public, and then show how to implement these ideas to ensure Medicine Hat has a prosperous future and remains a great, livable community.

Learn more about the Community Action Lab in the FAQ section, or watch our FAQ video.

Follow our progress throughout the Community Action Lab in "Our Strong Towns Journey".

Want to learn along with us throughout the Community Action Lab? Enroll at the Medicine Hat - Strong Towns Academy to study lessons.

Why it's a big deal:

The City of Medicine Hat is one of four communities, and the only Canadian city, selected from nearly two dozen applicants to participate in the inaugural Strong Towns Community Action Lab.

Strong Towns is:

A non-profit group based in Minnesota. The goal of the organization is to help change the way communities develop, advocating for good city planning in all realms including transportation, neighbourhoods, and city infrastructure – all with a focus on fiscal sustainability and overall community well-being.



Examples of grassroots projects started by community members.

(Photo credit Bike Medicine Hat, Pop Up Parks Medicine Hat and Porchfest Medicine Hat)

4 ways you can get involved:

1 - Join Strong Towns at the upcoming free public events

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre | November 28, 2023 @ 7pm

Building a Stronger Medicine Hat For The Next Generation”. Topic: Housing - Free registration

This presentation will help you understand the root causes of our interrelated housing crises, and identify some rational responses that our city (and every city) can take.

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Medicine Hat Public Library | November 29, 2023 @ 1pm

Mobilizing Your Community To Become a Strong Town - Free event, no registration required

You want your community to change. You also want these changes to be received well by others. You’ve got a passion for building a strong place, but how do you rally your neighbors and start taking action?


In this presentation, Norm Van Eeden Petersman, member advocate for Strong Towns, outlines a path forward and draws upon his 10 years of congregational leadership and community outreach to provide tools that you can use to mobilize your community for change.

2 - Enroll at the Medicine Hat - Strong Towns Academy

Join the Strong Towns movement, and learn how you can make a difference in your community!

Enroll now

3 - Start a grassroots project

Learn the 5 steps to becoming a Strong Community Citizen, how to get inspired, how access City of Medicine Hat micro-grants and more.

Download the guide

4 - Join local conversations

Connect online with other Hatters about community topics that matter to you by joining Strong Towns Local Conversations.

Sign up now


"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."

- Jane Jacobs, urbanist, activist.


Keeping Medicine Hat financially strong. Today and tomorrow.


Check out Our Strong Towns Journey to see milestones, learn from our lessons, and see what impact is being made in our community.


The Community Action Lab is:

A two-year project that the City of Medicine Hat is taking part in. It will introduce Strong Towns ideas to City staff and to the public, and then show how to implement these ideas to ensure Medicine Hat has a prosperous future and remains a great, livable community.

Learn more about the Community Action Lab in the FAQ section, or watch our FAQ video.

Follow our progress throughout the Community Action Lab in "Our Strong Towns Journey".

Want to learn along with us throughout the Community Action Lab? Enroll at the Medicine Hat - Strong Towns Academy to study lessons.

Why it's a big deal:

The City of Medicine Hat is one of four communities, and the only Canadian city, selected from nearly two dozen applicants to participate in the inaugural Strong Towns Community Action Lab.

Strong Towns is:

A non-profit group based in Minnesota. The goal of the organization is to help change the way communities develop, advocating for good city planning in all realms including transportation, neighbourhoods, and city infrastructure – all with a focus on fiscal sustainability and overall community well-being.



Examples of grassroots projects started by community members.

(Photo credit Bike Medicine Hat, Pop Up Parks Medicine Hat and Porchfest Medicine Hat)

4 ways you can get involved:

1 - Join Strong Towns at the upcoming free public events

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre | November 28, 2023 @ 7pm

Building a Stronger Medicine Hat For The Next Generation”. Topic: Housing - Free registration

This presentation will help you understand the root causes of our interrelated housing crises, and identify some rational responses that our city (and every city) can take.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Medicine Hat Public Library | November 29, 2023 @ 1pm

Mobilizing Your Community To Become a Strong Town - Free event, no registration required

You want your community to change. You also want these changes to be received well by others. You’ve got a passion for building a strong place, but how do you rally your neighbors and start taking action?


In this presentation, Norm Van Eeden Petersman, member advocate for Strong Towns, outlines a path forward and draws upon his 10 years of congregational leadership and community outreach to provide tools that you can use to mobilize your community for change.

2 - Enroll at the Medicine Hat - Strong Towns Academy

Join the Strong Towns movement, and learn how you can make a difference in your community!

Enroll now

3 - Start a grassroots project

Learn the 5 steps to becoming a Strong Community Citizen, how to get inspired, how access City of Medicine Hat micro-grants and more.

Download the guide

4 - Join local conversations

Connect online with other Hatters about community topics that matter to you by joining Strong Towns Local Conversations.

Sign up now


"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."

- Jane Jacobs, urbanist, activist.

Page last updated: 09 Apr 2024, 12:19 PM