November 30, 2015
This post specifies practical ways to engage groups who are typically underrepresented in community efforts.
October 27, 2015
It is our pleasure to announce CIRD's 2016-2017 Request for Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. The RFP is intended to help small towns and rural communities, with populations of 50,000 or less, build their capacity and acquire technical expertise to solve their design challenges.
August 6, 2015
Most small-town community improvement projects are run on a shoestring budget. Community project teams view professional community outreach materials as luxury items - rarely as necessities. In today’s media rich environment, people are inundated on a regular basis with high quality content from organizations big and small. How can small cities and towns craft “must read” content that resonates with their target audiences?
July 15, 2015
Franklin, New Hampshire, like many post-industrial communities, is seeking ways to bolster employment opportunities and revitalize its downtown. In addition to finding ways to spur economic development, Franklin wants to ensure the availability of affordable housing options for seniors, who often leave the city to find housing elsewhere, robbing Franklin of vital civic, economic, and cultural resources Franklin for a Lifetime focused on creating a healthy and vibrant community and a reinvigorated downtown for all ages to enjoy.
June 24, 2015
If you want to get people to participate in your community project there are no shortage of ways to spread the word. With the increasing number of online options combined with traditional methods, the challenge rests in selecting the most cost-effective communications alternative. Here are seven tips to help you develop an effective communications strategy for your effort: