In order to sustain forward progress in community and economic development, communities must have the capacity to: 1) proactively plan and implement for their future; 2) dedicate resources toward impactful projects and programs; and 3) sustain momentum over long periods of time. This is often difficult in rural and tribal communities that rely on volunteerism for much of community development. We join in by analyzing the systems and organizational structures already in place. How is community and economic development completed? Is it effective? Is it sustainable over the long term? What funding is in place for planning, project development, and implementation? What are the gaps? By conducting such a detailed analysis, we generate a base of knowledge that can be further developed and supplemented where needed. The Alliance for Rural Impact fills the gaps while working with a community to develop the systemic changes for long-term success.