New England is the land of Town Meetings — close communities where people take an intimate interest in local government, schools, open space, roads and bridges.
- Civic events, coffee hours, and conversations give insight into the behind-the-scenes work of town offices and committees and give the locals a voice.
- In college towns, schools, civic organizations, and non-profits rub shoulders with chambers of commerce to share resources and shine up downtown areas.
- In Williamstown, the Town Manager holds informal conversations on Willinet community television. The town and North Adams, Bennington, and Adams all have highly engaged locals, chambers of commerce and active resources for visitors.