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

  • Painted Storefronts

    Thriving Live Oak

    September 10, 2016
    Three years after hosting CIRD's capacity building workshop, Live Oak, FL is thriving. Improvements to the city's public spaces, new retail investments, and successful cultural events have transformed the city's downtown into a bustling destination. However, perhaps, the most notable outcome of the Live Oak CIRD workshop was what, Katherine Allen, CIRD workshop co-host, called a shift in attitude. “The most significant achievement has been people working together more cooperatively than in the past, because they saw they had a shared vision,” said Allen. The workshop, which included residents, artists, business owners and a director from the Community Redevelopment Agency, was successful in creating a shared voice and reenergizing cooperative action.
  • 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.
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.