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


  • Community Driven Change: CIRD & Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme

    June 2, 2014

    The National Solidarity Programme has vastly improved Afghanistan's rural infrastructure and communities by giving Afghan citizens an active role in government to "identify, plan, manage, and monitor their own development projects" -- demonstrating the power of community-driven change.

  • Connecticut to California: Proposals in Review

    May 27, 2014

    The Program Staff of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ is pleased to announce the receipt of 48 applications for our 2014-15 rural design workshops! The applications came from a remarkable range of communities across 26 states, ranging from a town with a population of 414 in Indiana, to a region comprised of 17 provinces in Idaho- each with unique histories, cultures, assets and identities, yet facing challenges that are pertinent to rural communities across America.

  • What’s in a Name? The Power of Community Branding

    May 1, 2014

    On May 8, Ben Muldrow of Arnett Muldrow & Associates will join CommunityMatters® and the Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design™ for an hour-long webinar on community branding. Ben will share his experience in working with small towns and rural places to create a strong brand that supports community and economic development outcomes.

  • One Stop Shop for the 2014 CIRD Request for Proposals!

    May 1, 2014

    The deadline for the 2014-2015 CIRD workshop program is quickly approaching.  While we know the application process is an exciting time for solidifying partnerships and dreaming big, there are a lot of pieces to manage. 

    To help prospective applicants in the final weeks of the process, we’re putting the top resources for applying at your fingertips.  Here is the 2014 CIRD “one stop shop” for your application needs.

  • Wormfarm, Charro Days and Cowboy Poetry: An Artistic Approach to Rural

    April 23, 2014

    We are very excited to have recently discovered The Art of the Rural, an organization entirely devoted to “elevating the rural arts” through their digital platform and on-the-ground projects that preserve and revive rural arts across the country.   

    We closely examined a few of their many initiatives to explore: How does integrating art improve and impact rural communities?