Jean Grigsby

Jean Grigsby
Jean Grigsby - Photo: Norm Rodrigue Photography

Jean Grigsby is a Maine-based marketing and public relations consultant.  For more information about her work, visit


  • Saving Main Street: Eleven Ideas for Spurring Investment in Downtown Businesses

    May 12, 2015

    Does it feel like every time you walk downtown one more storefront is vacant? Combating the downward momentum of vacancy and neglect is no easy feat. Here are eleven ideas for spurring investment in downtown businesses that can put your town on a path toward revitalization.

  • Tips for More Nimble and Inclusive Rural Design

    May 7, 2015

    We spoke to Maria Sykes, a citizen architect and the co-founder of the public interest design firm Epicenter, to learn more about what it takes for rural projects to become successful.

  • Start Dreaming, Houston!

    March 31, 2015

    We got a taste of Houston, Mississippi's creativity and energy during their Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ workshop, which explored how to transform the trailhead of the Tanglefoot Trail  into a great community public space, and how to create a stronger connection between the trail and Houston’s downtown.

  • Four Alliances Demonstrate That Urban + Rural = A Powerful Combination

    March 10, 2015

    Urban and rural communities are increasingly acknowledging areas of interdependence and common interests. Here are four examples of partnerships capitalizing on the unique assets of both rural and urban places to infuse creative energy into community development. 

  • Designing for an Economy of Neighborliness

    February 6, 2015

    The unique culture of Oregon County, MO played an integral role throughout their workshop, which was dedicated to creating a vision for the Co-Op’s expansion into a vacant building-- from a presentation of the Ozarks’ vernacular architecture that kicked off the workshop, to the live folk and country music that ended each day of great work— to the designing itself.