Bella Green is the Stevenson Center graduate Fellow. Her work focuses on rural housing research, and she also supports HAC’s rural housing legislative efforts and the creative placemaking program initiative CIRD (Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design). Prior to HAC, Bella served as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a college service-learning program. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from North Central College and is pursuing a Master’s in Sociology from Illinois State University.
December 21, 2015
We are weeks away from the 2016-2017 CIRD workshop program deadline. We look forward to receiving your proposals, and in the interim would like to offer our assistance as you gather your materials for submission.
December 21, 2015
On March 19 - 21, 2015, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD), in partnership with the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department convened the Lancaster County workshop, entitled, “My Town, Lancaster County.” The convening featured twelve incorporated towns and villages of Lancaster County. The workshop build momentum in the community for implementing a series of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (LQC) projects in Hallam, NE (pop. 218) and Bennet, NE (pop. 814.).
December 1, 2015
On November 17, 2015, the White House Rural Council in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, hosted The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking. The convening brought together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking.
November 30, 2015
This post specifies practical ways to engage groups who are typically underrepresented in community efforts.
October 27, 2015
It is our pleasure to announce CIRD's 2016-2017 Request for Proposals for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. The RFP is intended to help small towns and rural communities, with populations of 50,000 or less, build their capacity and acquire technical expertise to solve their design challenges.