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  • Montana Horizons Program: Transforming Communities from Striving to Thriving 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Flaherty, C (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2009)
    This report has descriptions of the sixteen communities stretching from Scobey to Anaconda. These sixteen communities successfully completed the Horizons II program during 2007-08 which provide just a small example of ...
  • Using Focus Groups for Community Development. MSU Extension MontGuide. 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Mastel, Tara (MSU Extension, 2008-05)
    Focus groups can be an effective means of involving citizens in a decision-making process. Yet, focus groups can also increase conflict and strain group dynamics if not properly executed. This publication provides ...
  • Montana Horizons Program: Transforming Communities from Striving to Thriving 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Graham, B (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2010)
    This report details the work accomplished by 15 communities that successfully completed the Horizons III program during 2008-10 and provides a snapshot of their achievements. As examples throughout this report attest, the ...
  • City of Bozeman Ethics Handbook 

    Lachapelle, Paul (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2010)
    This ethics handbook is produced by the city of Bozeman Board of ethics to educate citizens and train employees and public officials in best practices and legal requirements. In addition, this handbook details specific ...
  • Montana Policy Review 

    Multiple Authors; Lachapelle, Paul (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2011-09)
    The Fall 2011 issue titled Community Resiliency and the Built Environment: Innovations and Policy Issues in Montana focuses on how the built environment influences quality of life and economic prosperity across Montana. ...
  • Montana Policy Review 

    Multiple Authors; Lachapelle, Paul (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2011-03)
    The Spring 2011 special issue titled "Montana Horizons: Program Outcomes and Policy Implications" focuses on an on-going community leadership program aimed at reducing poverty in rural communities experiencing significant ...
  • Citizen Participation and Interaction 

    Lachapelle, Paul (MSU Extension: Local Government Center, 2010)
  • Strategic Visioning for Community Development. MSU Extension MontGuide. 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Anderson, Katelyn; Wedum, Wendy (MSU Extension, 2011)
    Strategic visioning is used by communities to identify future goals and work collectively to address community development needs. This guide provides an overview of the benefits of strategic visioning, situations appropriate ...
  • Apsaalooke Upsauloouk Bucha Unnaylayda - Crow Men's Health 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Real Bird, J (MSU Extension, 2009)
    Whether they talk about it or not, health is a very important part of all Crow mens' lives. A modern lifestyle of fast-food and little exercise has put this health in jeopardy. In this video, Crow men talk about their ...
  • Community Strategic Visioning as a Method to Address Poverty: An Analysis from Select Rural Montana Communities 

    Lachapelle, Paul; Austin, Eric; Clark, D (Extension Journal, Inc., 2010)
    Community strategic visioning is a citizen-based planning process in which diverse sectors of a community collectively determine a future state and coordinate a plan of action. Twenty-one communities in rural Montana ...