Embracing and Empowering Diverse Communities Webinar

On July 21, 2016 we presented a free webinar showcasing the way rural communities have effectively engaged diverse voices in shaping community design projects. Speakers shared how they identified and engaged diverse perspectives, who they partnered with, and what doors have opened as a result.  

From the Blog

  • Franklin residents tour new store

    Franklin, NH: Going Strong, One Year after a CIRD Community Workshop

    July 26, 2016
    Exciting changes are taking place in Franklin, NH (pop. 8,499), April 2016 host to the Franklin for a Lifetime community design workshop. A shared community vision to create a town for residents of all ages has activated coordinated efforts to spur economic development downtown, create quality public spaces, encourage riverfront revitalization, and spur the development of a variety of housing types. Last month residents of Franklin gathered to celebrate and tour the progress of the last year: a total of over $82,000 in grants secured, multiple new businesses, a rejuvenated riverfront and “art in the park” as well as more exciting changes on the horizon. One thing is for sure, Franklin is showing no signs of slowing down.
  • Alton Co-Op Architectural Drawing

    Alton, MO Revisited: Town Awarded NEA Grant to Complete CIRD Workshop Plans

    June 30, 2016
    We follow up with Alton, MO to find out what's next for a community that prides itself on an economy of neighborliness.
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.