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


  • Alton, MO Revisited: Town Awarded NEA Grant to Complete CIRD Workshop Plans

    June 30, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that the Coalition for Ozarks Living Traditions has received $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program. This money will be used to develop the architectural design and planning for an expansion of the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisan Co-op Culture Hub in Alton, Missouri (Pop. 897), located in the distinct mountainous Ozark region. The plans for this expansion were first developed during one of CIRD’s two and half days’ workshops, which was held in Alton in 2014. This NEA grant will complement Alton’s participation in Smart Growth America’s (SGA) technical assistance workshop that will be held in July of 2016. Both of these resources will assist Alton in strengthening its economy through local foods, arts, and tourism.

  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces Limon, Colorado To Receive 2016-2017 Award

    June 1, 2016
    Limon, Colorado to join communities from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Washington to Host Rural Design Workshops
  • Let's Collaborate Towards the Future of Rural Places

    April 28, 2016

     Last month, Art of the Rural and the Rural Policy Research Institute launched the Next Generation digital Learning Commons, designed to inspire deeper collaboration and learning exchange around the nation. The site addresses two of the major challenges facing rural practitioners – geographic distance and access to information and networks – and establishes a digital intermediary through which deeper collaboration can develop within and beyond Next Generation.

  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2016-2017 Awards

    March 29, 2016
    Communities from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New York, and Washington to host rural design workshops
  • Sorry I didn't read your "rural is dying" article

    February 22, 2016

    Rural has a future. Small towns have long-standing relevance in growing food, raising livestock, processing foods, producing natural resources and protecting the environment. That relevance is never going to go away as long as we need food, utilize natural resources and care about our environment.