Byways 101

Part 3: Public & Community Involvement

Common Structures Of Byway Organizations

Citizen Group
The simplest model is the citizen’s group, a collection of community members or concerned citizens who gather together to accomplish a goal.

For more information about citizen groups, read “Start Simple: Citizen Groups Focus on Results” from Making the Grassroots Grow, pages 72-83. Print or download these pages below.

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Nonprofit Organization
An individual organization, usually a nonprofit corporation, is also made up of private citizens, though the act of becoming a legal organization carries specific requirements, benefits, and obligations.

For more information about nonprofit organizations, read “The Benefits of Nonprofit Organization: Advantages for Byways Groups” from Making the Grassroots Grow, pages 84-102. Print or download these pages below.

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Cooperative Agreement
This is an agreement between organizations interested in working together in a relatively formal manner.

For more information about cooperative agreements, read “Cooperative Agreements: Continuity through Collaboration” from Making the Grassroots Grow, pages 103-110. Print or download these pages below.

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Government Agency As Lead
This fairly simple format is based on a single government entity that agrees to be the lead agency for the group, allowing the group to utilize the government entity’s legal status and administrative structure.

For more information about a government agency as lead, read “Single Government Entity at the Lead: Planning and Oversight from One Source” from Making the Grassroots Grow, pages 111-126. Print or download these pages below.

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Joint Powers Entity
An organization made up of governments that can include public entities such as municipalities, the USDA Forest Service and the State or Indian tribe Department of Transportation.

For more information about a joint powers entity, read “Joint Powers Entity: Formal Government Partnership” from Making the Grassroots Grow, pages 127-133. Print or download these pages below.

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Customized Structure
An organizational hybrid created to meet unique byway needs.

For more information about a customized structure, read “Customized Organizational Structures: Finding the Perfect Fit” from Making the Grassroots Grow, pages 134-151. Print or download these pages below.

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