Lancaster County, NE

On March 19 - 21, 2015, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design ™, in partnership with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department convened the Lancaster County workshop, entitled, “My Town, Lancaster County.”

Lancaster County is made up of twelve incorporated towns and villages in close proximity of Nebraska’s state capitol, Lincoln. Their populations hover around a few hundred each, save for the 3,227 residents of Waverly. The proximity of these communities to Lincoln is both blessing and curse. The nearby schools, institutions, jobs, retail, restaurants, and cultural destinations are fantastic assets. Yet, the flip side is Lincoln dominates the majority of economic and cultural activity in the county. The towns of Lancaster County want to be seen as more than just bedroom communities. In this context, the workshop sought to create toolbox of design techniques to help Lancaster recapture its sense of place.

There were over seventy participants in attendance including representation from U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Association of Realtors, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Nebraska Arts Council.  The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, as well as the Office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry was also in attendance.  The workshop was led by a resource team featuring, Don Macke, Co-Founder and Director of the Entrepreneurial Communities; Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development, Urban Land Institute; David Nelson, Project Associate, Project for Public Spaces; Cynthia Nikitin, Director, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD), Senior Vice President Project for Public Spaces; and Milan Wall, Co-Director of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development.

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Read more about our workshop here

Read our workshop notebook here

Read more about Lancaster County's Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper activation in Hallam and Bennet following the CIRD workshop here.