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SUPPORT FOR WORKSHOP 12-17-15 LMS

At the Salmon City Council’s December 17 meeting, Rachel Layman of Salmon Valley Stewardship described an opportunity being offered for a community planning workshop.

She said with a letter of support from the city SVS would submit a request to be considered for a “Citizens Institute on Rural Design” (CIRD) workshop.

Layman said the program is funded through the USDA Rural Development Project for Public Spaces, Orton Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The national funding and technical assistance program is highly competitive and only funds up to six community workshops per year.

She said communities put together a proposal detailing a unique design challenge and if chosen, a $10,000 stipend is awarded for hosting a two and a half day workshop for 40 or more people interested in collectively tackling the selected challenge. The workshop would be open to non-profit organizations such as the Lemhi County Economic Development Association, commercial businesses, land management agencies and individuals. To lead the workshop CIRD provides a resource team experienced in planning and community design.

Salmon’s Rural Design Challenge would be to work towards doing a better job of captivating visitors by presenting to them all the recreational opportunities and amenities the valley has to offer, thereby enticing travelers to stay longer. Layman said the city’s role would be that of an active planning partner. Matching funds can be ‘in-kind’ and would be the responsibility of SVS which would also administrate the project and coordinate the logistics. She said no city funds would be involved.

The City Council voted unanimously to grant the letter of support request. The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2016. Once the successful rural communities are selected the workshops will be scheduled in 2016-17.


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