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A leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design

Resources for Rural Communities

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Much like the Mayors’ Institute, CIRD brings experts, tools, and resources to help small towns and rural communities improve the built environment.

CIRD has an extensive library of resources for local leaders and residents in communities of 50,000 people or less, from economic development to transportation and beyond.

Explore CIRD’s Resources >>


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