December 21, 2015
On March 19 - 21, 2015, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD), in partnership with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department convened the Lancaster County workshop, entitled, “My Town, Lancaster County.” The convening featured twelve incorporated towns and villages of Lancaster County. The workshop build momentum in the community for implementing a series of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) projects in Hallam, NE (pop. 218) and Bennet, NE (pop. 814.).
December 1, 2015
On November 17, 2015, the White House Rural Council in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, hosted The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking. The convening brought together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking.
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?