Rural Placemaking: Making the Most of Creativity in your Community

This issue of Rural Voices examines Creative Placemaking as it is practiced in rural communities. The term “creative placemaking” is only about a decade old, but rural community organizations have long taken on community-building endeavors that have included the arts. Creative placemaking offers the explicit recognition that arts and artists, when fully engaged with local stakeholders, are often a gel or a catalyst toward sustained community betterment and economic growth.


Illuminate, Connect, Energize, and Imagine: The Arts in Rural America
by Jen Hughes

The National Endowment for the Arts offers funding and technical assistance for rural creative placemaking across the United States.


A Tool for Economic Development in the Mississippi Delta
by Chris Masingill

The Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative encourages communities to engage more deeply with the region’s arts and culture sectors.

Housing Developers Come Together with Arts Groups and Artists
by Bob Reeder

An expert advises rural community developers to keep their placemaking work inclusive, culturally relevant, and economically equitable.

Bridging Boundaries: Contributing to Quality of Life on the Reservation
by Joseph Kunkel

A collaborative process encompassing community, culture, and the environment contributes to the success of a tribal development project.

Kentucky Communities Use Their Creative Assets
by Sandi Curd

Placemaking, at its core, is fostering what is abundant in rural Kentucky: a strong sense of place coupled with people dedicated to making their communities stronger.

Placemaking Grants Support Rural Communities

The smART Kinston City Project Foundation in Kinston, NC and the Woodlands Development Group in Elkins, WV will implement rural creative placemaking initiatives during summer and fall 2017.

Rural Voices would like to hear what you have to say about one, or all, of these issues. Please feel free to comment on this story by sending a tweet to #RuralVoicesMag, discuss on the Rural Affordable Housing Group on LinkedIn, or on our Facebook page.

National Catholic Rural Life Offers Consulting for National Grant Opportunity

HAC would like to share the following announcement from the Catholic Campaign for Humand Development about its grant program. For more information, visit or email


We are working with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to offer outreach and complimentary consulting to rural community groups to address poverty. CCHD was created 40 years ago by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide funding to groups of low-income people who are empowered to address the causes of poverty in their communities. CCHD has provided nearly 8,000 grants to community groups that to seek justice and create lasting change for people in poverty. CCHD local and national grants have supported legal advocacy to enforce fair wages, community development lending, environmental justice, affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods, parish based social action organizing, micro-enterprise development, and marketplaces or cooperatives for small businesses, artisans, and growers.

Target applicants are nonprofit groups (501©3) serving low income people. Government and academic institutions are not eligible for this grant. Visit to learn more about CCHD grant guidelines, success stories, and grant writing resources. Have a grant idea or know of a group fighting poverty or injustice? Call 651-962-5955 or email

Asset Management Training

To have an event posted on our calendar*, please e-mail Dan Stern. Or send event description or brochure to:

Housing Assistance Council
Attn: Dan Stern
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 606
Washington, DC 20005

Or fax to (202) 347-3441
Attn: Dan Stern


*Calendar Posting Guidelines:

HAC’s calendar posts announcements about periodic conferences, training sessions, audioconferences, and the like. Topics must be relevant to professionals in the rural housing and community development arena. HAC reserves the right to accept or decline any request to post an item. We do not include sessions provided by entities (for-profit or nonprofit) that offer numerous regularly scheduled training events; links to such entities are provided below.

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Back to Trainings

Asset Management Training

Start: March 20, 2013
End: March 21, 2013
Location: Jackson, MS
Registration Fee: $75


Join the Housing Assistance Council on March 20-21 in Jackson, MS for Asset Management Training. This two-day training is an interactive and highly participatory, hands-on workshop designed for asset managers, property managers, supervisors and Board members with a wide range of professional experience. The curriculum is a required class for the Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM) Certification and includes an overview of key property asset management concepts and theories and a review of the responsibilities of key asset management participants, including:

  • Introduction to the Double Bottom Line concept of affordable property ownership – the theory of steering properties toward both business and mission based goals and outcomes.
  • Review of the Life Stages of a Property – review of key asset management functions and responsibilities through the various planning, construction, lease up, operational and disposition phases, with a focus on the critical interrelationship between development and asset management tasks through these stages.
  • Analysis and review of property performance standards, including extensive basic numbers crunching designed to increase understanding of key performance indicators and their relationship to financial and operational health and long-term viability.
  • Analysis of key performance standards analyzed includes Revenue Analysis (occupancy, collections, turnover and turnaround), Expense Analysis (operating costs, benchmarking and trending analysis) and Property Financial Analysis (cash flow, debt coverage).
  • Introduction and review of property financial reports and audits as well as best practices in tracking, measuring and assessing progress toward key operational and financial performance goals.
The registration fee for this course is $75. Unfortunately, HAC is unable to confirm registration for this event without receipt of full payment of the prescribed course fee.
For organizations that are participants in HAC’s RCDI 9, 10, 12 and THRIVE programs, there is no registration fee for this course.

Questions? Contact Shonterria Charleston, (202) 842-8600 Ext. 227.