CIRD’s 2018 workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico
(pop. 13,000) convened local residents and stakeholders to develop a conceptual design for Gallinas River Park. The design intent – to make a place that nurtures the relationship between the river and its people –has galvanized sustained interest in the river and generated over $150,000 in local, state, and regional funding to support activities there, including youth fly fishing
In 2004, CIRD worked with Driggs, Idaho (pop. 1,300) exploring alternative designs for a new commercial development proposed on Main Street. The creative and positive energy from the workshop triggered immediate and longer-term gains, including state transportation funding, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smart Growth technical assistance, and an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012.
A 2016 CIRD workshop in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, New York (pop. 3,200) focused on identifying essential elements of Mohawk culture and language to inform new design standards for buildings, roadways, signage and landscapes within the area. This workshop complemented a Native Americans’ Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Creating Akwesasne Tourism Businesses and Jobs project. A 2019 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts took the work further, employing Native artists to develop and implement the workshop ideas into architectural and design elements.
Valentine, Nebraska (pop. 3,300) hosted a CIRD workshop in 2018 to develop an ideal streetscape vision ahead of Nebraska Department of Transportation’s overhaul for their state highway Main Street. Though construction has been delayed until 2022, the town has continued to generate energy and support for the project through partnerships with the University of Nebraska, economic development incentives and grants for business façade improvements, and the state’s first rural Bike Share program.
A 2004 workshop hosted in Blue Mountain, Mississippi (pop. 500) focused on strategies to improve downtown and link it with the heritage resources of northeast Mississippi— including William Faulkner’s history, the Civil War, musical traditions, and natural springs and forests. Their work in the region led to the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area becoming one of 49 National Heritage Areas in the nation.