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Transformative Placemaking case study on Newcastle, Wyoming « Back to Search Results

Today’s rural America is a complex tapestry of communities reliant upon different segments of the economy, with different demographic and socioeconomic profiles, and facing different place-based issues. Recognizing these variables, many rural communities see common challenges in growing their local economies, maintaining an educated and healthy labor force, and improving their connectivity with the surrounding region.

This profile looks at one rural community, Newcastle, Wy., a town with roots in the oil and coal industries looking to diversify its economy through tourism, locally grown entrepreneurship, and the appeal of small-town living.

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Both Newcastle and Upton have large deer herds living right in town!  Wild turkeys are everywhere! There are large elk herds to the north, east and west!  There are more North American Pronghorn Antelope than there are people!  Look for groundhogs, snakes and lizards. Wildlife watching is easier than people watching in Newcastle and Upton. Bring your binoculars and your cameras!