Watch Webinar I: Predevelopment and Fundraising
Webinar I covered the basics of project pre-development, historic preservation best practices and case studies, and tips for fundraising. Download the powerpoint or watch a recording of the webinar using the link below.

From the Blog

  • Millinocket is using design to merge the natural amenities of the region with economic development. (Credit: Peggy Daigle)

    CIRD is Gearing Up for the Local Design Workshops

    January 30, 2020
    CIRD’s multi-day design workshops bring together a diversity of participants from the local community and introduce a wide array of design strategies to improve the way a community looks, its quality of life, and economic viability. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is proud to announce the schedule for the selected 2019-2020 local design workshops in Millinocket, ME, Pueblo of Laguna, NM, and Athens, OH.
  • A photo of the Entiat Museum from a recent photo contest. (Photo credit: Entiat Chamber of Commerce)

    CIRD Learning Cohort Community Spotlight: A Mecca of Recreation in Entiat, WA

    January 30, 2020
    Meet Alyce Brown, a CIRD community leader with a big vision for the small town of Entiat, WA. Working with local organizations and stakeholder groups, Brown plans to transform the town into a tourism destination that provides year-round recreational services to visitors and long-term prosperity to the region.
Over 60 workshops in all regions of the country.
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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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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.