Four Rural Communities Chosen to Host 2018 Workshops

Recommended by a review panel of rural experts, the four host communities are: Greenville, Mississippi; Las Vegas, New Mexico; Tuttle, North Dakota; and Valentine, Nebraska. CIRD awardees receive a $10,000 stipend to support the workshop and follow-up planning sessions. Each community also receives in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000.

View the Press Release here. 

From the Blog

  • CIRD 2018 Hits the Road

    June 21, 2018
    This month, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRDTM) team ventures out from the East Coast to the Delta, the Sonoran desert, and the high plains to meet our four 2018 selected communities. Read more about the journey here.
  • Program will Help Valentine's Main Street Reflect the Community

    June 20, 2018
    Valentine Nebraska’s CIRD award is featured in the latest issue of Nebraska Farmer. Author Curt Arens discusses the significance of the award for the community, as residents see the upcoming redesign and construction of the I-83 as an opportunity to reimagine Main Street as a walkable, multi-modal destination.
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.