Our Tetons Story
Systemic change is taking root in Teton Valley
Many groups were working on separate issues and projects
Four local organizations are collaborating on a key project
We facilitate the project and support the partners
Successful collaboration leads to new initiatives
A thriving, connected network of collaboration is emerging
With the support of our core funding partner, we launched the work that became LegacyWorks Group and our collaborative impact model in Teton Valley in 2012. Teton Valley is an incredible place, emblematic of the challenges and incredible potential that exist in communities throughout the West. Teton Valley is a community rich in natural beauty with a strong identity and a robust nonprofit sector. It also has its fair share of challenges. Explosive growth in the mid 2000’s led to a catastrophic real estate bust in 2009 that left the community questioning its future and its ability to hold on to the agricultural heritage, scenic values and bountiful wildlife that it holds dear.
Over the past six years LegacyWorks Group has worked with an array of local partners on an increasing number of community-driven, collaborative initiatives that are meeting with great success. This initial success has spawned new collaborative projects throughout the valley, brought millions of dollars of conservation dollars into the community, and fostered a more strategic approach to the community’s most important problems. Together we have empowered community-driven change and huge shifts in how the conservation community (and increasingly the broader community) works to achieve the community’s goals, hopes and dreams.
The story of our work in this region has shaped the five steps our model most often follows, so we lay out the story that way here: