Community Heart & Soul: Empowering Communities to Shape the Future

Community Heart & Soul: Empowering Communities to Shape the Future

Patricia Hart

1.11.2018

Patricia Hart

Patricia Hart is an economist and four-term city councilor in Gardiner, Maine. 

David Leckey

David Leckey is Executive Director of Orton Family Foundation where he guides the foundation in its mission to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns across America with the foundation’s community development model Community Heart & Soul®.He grew up in Van Buren, Ohio, (pop. 342) where he was imbued with Midwest friendliness that garnered him friends all over the world. Before joining Orton, he was Executive Vice President of Dane Technologies and President of its subsidiary, LEVO USA—a combined $20 million company based in Minnesota and Switzerland that he helped found. While he traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Australia, his heart was in small town America. A steadfast believer in the wisdom of local people, David launched rural programs for business development, job creation, and revitalization in his roles as a nonprofit and state government executive. He enjoys skiing, boating, and spending time with his family.

The Orton Family Foundation devoted more than a decade working with small cities and towns to create a community development model that empowers residents to shape the future of their communities. That model is Community Heart & Soul® and its impact has been transformational.
By coming together and determining what matters most to everyone, communities have seen economic development take hold, collaboration occur across longstanding divides, and renewed pride of place.
Orton Executive Director David Leckey will highlight success stories and give an overview of the model that builds trust while taking into account the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there—a town’s “Heart & Soul®.”
Patricia Hart, an economist and four-term city councilor in Gardiner, Maine, will share how Community Heart & Soul helped spark transformation with renewed economic development and a new way of doing business guided by what matters most to residents.