Local Food: The Secret Ingredient for Vibrant Downtowns Webinar

"Local Food: The Secret Ingredient for Vibrant Downtowns" free CIRD webinar has been posted.  Check it out today on our webinar page.

From the Blog

  • Building Capacity to Design and Engage Community in Thomasville

    June 2, 2017
    The city of Thomasville, Georgia (population 18,700) hosted their Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ workshop at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Scholars Academy on October 27-29, 2016. The goal of the workshop was to develop preliminary design concepts to inform a master plan for MacIntyre Park that would address stormwater runoff challenges in the park, while transforming it into a recreation destination that encourages active lifestyles among the city’s residents. This workshop implemented a collaborative, community led approach to revitalizing the park with a strong history and cultural heritage in the community, and brought city-wide partners together to tackle the design challenge.
  • Taking Action in Limon!

    April 24, 2017
    The Town of Limon (population 2,000) hosted their Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) workshop February 27 to March 1, 2017. The CIRD capacity building workshop successfully engaged local residents, convened partners and funders early on in the visioning process, and used the initial excitement created by the workshop to take immediate short term action that can leverage longer term projects and funding.
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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.