Creative Placemaking: Economic Develop. for the Next Generation

 Registraion is now open for "Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation" webinar. 

From the Blog

  • Trace Trail bike race

    Riding the Trail to Revitalization: Rural and Small Town Trail-Oriented Development

    January 20, 2017
    Trail-based development is an exciting opportunity to create engaging, healthy, and vibrant small towns and rural communities. Trail-Oriented Development (TrOD) is a tool which capitalizes on trails as community amenities and leverages the placemaking and development potential adjacent to trails. TrOD is a powerful economic engine for small towns and rural communities. Learn more from our post below highlighting, Tammany Trace Trail in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and the 2.4 mile-long Radnor Multipurpose Trail in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania. Both trails are important amenities for locals and visitors alike.
  • Building Connections and Communities: The Rural Creative Placemaking Summit

    November 30, 2016
    This past October, Art of the Rural and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) hosted the Next Generation: Rural Creative Placemaking Summit at the University of Iowa. The summit, sponsored by the NEA, USDA, and the University of Iowa, was designed to enhance cross-sector collaboration, elevate intercultural perspectives within the field, and foster greater investment for rural creative placemaking. The alignment of the nation’s only congressionally-funded rural policy institute in collaboration with an arts and culture organization underscores the imperative for the Next Generation Initiative— that the future of rural communities requires relationship between not only the arts and business, or the arts and health, but the arts and all rural sectors that have a stake in the success and sustainability of their rural region.
Map showing locations of CIRD Workshops
Where We Work

Established in 1991, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play.

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CIRD supports host communities before and after their workshops via informational conference calls and webinars that cover critical topics in community engagement, rural design, partnership development, and workshop planning.