• Commercial market analysis

    Thirty-two towns, eleven case studies, and one year in the making, the RESTORE commercial market analysis is here.

  • Placemaking

    There are places we are heading to, and places we are just passing through. We delve into the concept of placemaking, and explore what it means to the Rocky Mountain West.

  • Click and learn

    Find your town on our RESTORE report’s data-driven map of commercial market trends in the Intermountain West.



At Community Builders, we know that a strong community creates a stronger economy. We provide information, research, insight and analysis for developers, realtors, planners, public officials and engaged citizens who are actively building stronger economies in the towns and cities of the American West. Learn more about our Building Blocks platform here and more about who we are here.


August 15, 2014


What we’re reading – Migration, Street Design & Dying Supercenters

So much great stuff on the internet this week, folks. Check out these standouts: On Migration: another fascinating interactive graphic from the New York Times, Where We Came From, State By...

August 8, 2014


What we’re reading – the new American Dream

Here are a few items that caught our notice on the internet this week: The new American Dream, based on the concept of “Place:” communities with layers of history, with...


What we’re reading – the best small cities

Hey folks, here’s some weekend reading for the dog days of summer: The best small cities in the U.S. for travelers, which list do you agree with this one, or this one? Inspiration for great places, with some great short … [more]

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This video is about choices. We explore why choices matter when it comes to building thriving communities and how, looking forward, we can make wise choices about the future.
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Community Builders Webinar Series

The Community Builders Webinar Series showcases the stories of people in the business of building stronger communities. We feature developers, planners, and community leaders who are at work creating complete...


Featured Publication: RESET Report

What’s selling, who’s buying it, and why? These are some of the questions examined in our report, RESET: Assessing Future Housing Markets in the Rocky Mountain West. This study explores...

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What is the Community Builders Network?

Community Builders… Ok, what the heck does that mean?  Is it a person?  A group of people?  A whole town?  Can you be a community builder?  Yes, yes and yes....