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

  • Call for Contributions to the “Greatest Hits” Issue of the CIRD Newsletter this December

    November 13, 2018
    Calling all CIRD Awardees Past and Present! As Project for Public Spaces' tenure with the CIRD program concludes, we ask that you JOIN US in celebrating this great collaboration! This December's CIRD Newsletter will feature PPSxCIRDs "Greatest Hits" and we’d love to include you in that piece. We ask that you complete the attached survey, share your proudest CIRD moments, most surprising CIRD outcomes, and other meaningful CIRD memories with us!
  • Crowdfunding & Real Estate: Spurring Local Investment in Small Towns & Rural Communities

    October 24, 2018
    Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have facilitated thousands of projects for artists and entrepreneurs. In exchange for donating, some perk or nod of recognition may come your way. You may have even contributed to a project without a promise of something in exchange, understanding that, while you’re supporting something you believe in, you will never get those dollars back. But now: imagine that you might get those dollars back. And imagine that you might even get a return on your investment. This is where the plot thickens. This is investment crowdfunding.
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.