Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2014 Awards
Communities from Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and New Hampshire have been selected to host to rural design workshops in 2014-15. Read more about the communities here!

From the Blog

  • Photo Credit:  Michelle Benoit, March 2014 Epicenter Frontier Fellow, Used with permission

    Good Design Sparks Rural Community Development

    August 13, 2014
    Now more than ever, creative professionals are turning their attention to community development. While this trend toward good design is exciting, it’s harder to find in rural community development. Here are a few ideas from the forefront of rural design.
  • Live Oak residents at the Freedom Festival on the Forth of July.

    Bringing Life Back to Live Oak

    August 8, 2014
    Last November, Live Oak, FL hosted a CIRD workshop on how to rebuild their downtown. Eight months later, we are so impressed with how much the town has already improved, and has turned the guidance and ideas from the workshop into major strides towards revitalization.
Map showing locations of CIRD Workshops
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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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Capacity Building Calls

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.