About The Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

In 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) launched the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) to provide technical assistance and planning support to foster placemaking and spur economic development in rural communities.

USDA RD selected five technical assistance providers from across the country to assist identified communities with preserving cultural and historic structures, enhancing capacity for broadband access, and supporting the development of transportation, housing and recreational spaces, among other things.

About The Midwest Placemaking Innovation Accelerator

In collaboration with USDA RD, Atlas Community Studios and McClure have partnered to launch the Midwest Placemaking Innovation Accelerator to develop placemaking action plans and provide implementation technical assistance to three rural communities, including: 

Allen County, KS

Atchison, KS

Sheffield, IA