• Crowdfunding & Real Estate: Spurring Local Investment in Small Towns & Rural Communities

    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.

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

    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

    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. This year’s workshops focus on Main Street revitalization, multimodal transportation, and healthy living by design: three distinct topic areas that have proven to be especially relevant to rural towns in the United States. 

  • Program will Help Valentine's Main Street Reflect the Community

    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.

  • A Time-Tested Gateway to Arts Funding for Rural Communities

    April Greene interviews Jamie Hand, the Director of Research Strategies at ArtPlace and former Director of CIRD; Jen Hughes, the current Program Director of CIRD and the NEA’s Design and Creative Placemaking Director; and Cynthia Nikitin, Senior VP at Project for Public Spaces and current Director of CIRD. Greene not only provides an introduction to the CIRD program for ArtPlace readers but also chronicles the trajectory of the program from its early stages to the present, featuring CIRD’s importance in fostering creative strategies for community-driven development in small towns across America.