The Center is involved in two new rural design projects in Millinocket, Maine. The Center secured a USDA Rural Business Development Grant to develop a wayfinding design system for Millinocket. The project will advance town goals of active and healthy living, and provide better experiences for visitors to encourage repeat and longer visits, which would strengthen the local tourism economy.

In a complementary project, Millinocket is one of three communities chosen nationally to participate in the Citizen’s Institute for Rural Design (CIRD). The rural design workshop will focus on downtown improvements and generate a guidebook of design principles for downtown revitalization. The Center helped the town and Our Katahdin, a local nonprofit, secure the designation from CIRD and is facilitating and participating in the project. As part of the project kick-off, Katahdin Project Director Ailish Keating attended the CIRD Learning Cohort Summit in early October.