Rural communities in Mississippi struggle with a wide range of community development challenges. Transitioning from a predominantly agricultural/manufacturing economy to a service economy sometimes causes heavy job loss and population decline in many rural areas. On the flip side, rural communities sometimes face rapid population and retail growth when located adjacent to population centers causing drastic change in the character of areas that were once farmland or "out in the country."
A community facing these challenges or other similar scenarios must be proactive and manage these issues while preserving or enhancing its character and sense of place. YourTown Mississippi will help you and your team understand how community planning and design can enable YourTown to compete better and thrive longer in today's economy.
What is YourTown Mississippi?
YourTown, Mississippi is an interactive workshop that focuses on community development using basic design and planning principles. Using maps, markers, pens, and tracing paper participants will produce designs and future plans for a ficticious Mississippi city called “Your Town.” Planning professionals lead teams of participants through exercises that address common small town issues such as the impact of a proposed bypass, the identification of potential tourism opportunities, the revitalization of a struggling downtown, and other typical small town challenges.
When and where will YourTown Mississippi be held?
The workshop is scheduled for May 15-17, 2013, at Lake Tiak O'khata in Louisville. Meals and lodging will be provided on site.
What are the eligibility requirements to participate?
1. The workshop is limited to 36 participants.
2. Participants are expected to fully participate in all sessions and activities for the duration of the workshop.
3. Communities are encouraged, but not required, to send a team of three individuals.
How do I apply?
Applications will be accepted until April 24, 2013, or until the workshop reaches full capacity. Community teams are encouraged to apply early, as the workshop is limited to 36 participants. Review of applications begins upon submission. The application form can be found in the gray box at the top of the page.