Community development experts are offering workshops around Wyoming this spring to teach local leaders how to create interesting, well-loved places on a tight budget.
The Wyoming Business Council is teaming with the Wyoming Association of Municipalities to teach six placemaking workshops throughout the state between March 21 and April 21 in Worland, Fort Laramie, Riverton, Bear River, Rawlins and Gillette.
Placemaking is a method of using low-cost materials and temporary exhibitions to demonstrate how neglected public spaces can become treasured community places.
The Business Council, the state’s economic development agency, provides grants for these projects through its Wyoming Main Street and Rural Development programs.
To qualify, communities must first attend a placemaking training.
The state held a placemaking event in Douglas last year. To see a video highlighting that event, visit the Wyoming Business Council’s YouTube page.
Community leaders are encouraged to RSVP to Ashley Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 72 hours before the training. Workshops with fewer than 15 people registered will be canceled.
The four-hour workshop includes class time and a hands-on demonstration of the power of placemaking through a walking tour of each host community.
For the full schedule, see below. For more information, call Community Initiatives Director Kim Porter at 307-777-5812.
Placemaking Workshop Schedule
(All workshops are held 1-5 p.m. except where noted otherwise)
Worland City Hall – March 21
Fort Laramie Community Center – March 22
Riverton City Hall – April 4
Bear River Town Hall – April 11
Rawlins City Hall – April 12
Gillette City Hall – April 21 (Note: Workshop will be held 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)