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

  • A Root Awakening: Foodie Business Takes on Food Insecurity in Tuttle, ND

    August 15, 2018
    With deliberate investments that nurture local initiatives, – alongside the organization of economies of scale, local producers and small businesses – the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center (TRIC) is planting the seed for a healthier and more equitable food-based economy to take root in Central North Dakota and beyond.
  • 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.
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.