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August 8, 2017
WORK WITH US IN CIVIC CREATIVITY  Building on a deep legacy of community engagement, SFNOMA is your local design advocacy platform.  Member firms are civic creatives.  We work closely with communities and community leaders to develop experiences,... Read More

Call for Entries: 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

February 13, 2017
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. Winners offer creative placemaking solutions that transcend the boundaries... Read More

Clines, Colleen

March 4, 2015
Colleen Clines is co-founder and executive director of the Anchal Project, which merges design, business, and education to empower marginalized and exploited women in India through the production of textiles--"designing change, stitch by stitch."

Dorr, Pam

March 4, 2015
Pam Dorr is executive director of Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization which works as a catalyst for community development in the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty though economic development, community resources, housing education, and affordable housing construction.

Klein Jorasch, Gina

March 4, 2015
Gina Klein Jorasch is the director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED), a $150 million fund to design, develop, and scale innovative solutions to relieve poverty worldwide.

Polak, Paul

March 4, 2015
Paul Polak is founder of Windhorse International, a for-profit company that “combines radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.”

Roy, Bunker

March 4, 2015
Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is founder of Barefoot College, which serves rural communities with the objective of making them self-sufficient, using a systems focus that touches on issues such as energy, health, water, and wasteland development.

Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

March 4, 2015
The Atkinson Center at Cornell University is an interdisciplinary center that brings together three areas of sustainability -- energy, the environment, and economic development.

Nebraska Lied Main Street Program

March 4, 2015
The Nebraska Main Street Network exists to help communities develop traditional commercial districts so that they once again attract residents and businesses, promote commercial investment and spur economic growth.


March 4, 2015
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is a neighborhood-based community developer. They were started by the community in 1975 “to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.” 

University of Arkansas Community Design Center

March 4, 2015
As an outreach center of the School of Architecture, The University of Arkansas Community Design Center is developing a repertoire of new design methodologies applicable to community development issues in Arkansas, with currency at the national level. UACDC design solutions introduce a multiple bottom line, integrating social and environmental measures into economic development.

Design Research and Informatics Lab

March 4, 2015
The Design Research & Informatics Lab utilizes media and technology to promote economic development, as well as long term community enhancement.

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