Every community wants to be a great place to live and work. We need to attract investments, provide good jobs, create lively downtowns and foster an environment where our children will want to live. When Pensacola, FL, started its revitalization process, it was struggling economically. Today there is more downtown construction taking place than at any time in modern history. Downtown is well on its way to vibrancy. Property values are soaring. Small businesses are strong and growing. Theres a deeper focus on education.This book shares the lessons learned on this journey and tactics that work. Readers will learn: -Strategies for managing change in your community -Why a vibrant downtown is crucial and the formula for building one -Costly mistakes to avoid -How the role of government is changing inside communities -Why small business owners are the catalysts for change -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 anyone interested in community revitalization.