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All Aboard the Placemaking Train!

All Aboard! PlacemakingUS and PlacemakingX are excited to begin our "Placemaking Train Trip" today! Using Amtrak, we will ride the rails looping from New York City down through Atlanta and Birmingham to New Orleans and up through Chicago to circle back to the Big Apple from April 17th to the beginning of May.

The purpose of this trip is to visit with communities that are off the beaten path and are looking to increase their town's community cohesion, economic viability, creative output, equity, sustainability, and vivacity using placemaking.

We will meet with local leaders — from government officials to Main Street managers, artists and historians, foundations and grantees, students and academics, neighborhood leaders, nonprofit service providers, property and business owners, chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus, and advocates — who are working to make their towns better.

Towns on Our List:
  • First group leaves from Delray Beach, FL - April 12
  • Jacksonville, FL - April 12-14
  • Savannah, GA - April 14-17
  • Second group leaves from New York, NY - April 17
  • Groups unite in Atlanta, GA - April 18
  • Birmingham, AL - April 19
  • Slidell, New Orleans and Hammond, LA - April 20-23
  • Jackson, MS - April 23-25 - (Neighborhood Economics Conference)
  • Normal, IL - April 26
  • Chicago, IL - April 27
  • Fort Wayne, IN - April 27
  • Erie, PA - April 28
  • Rochester or Buffalo, NY - April 29
  • Hudson, NY - April 30
  • New York, NY - May 1-12

Placemakers: Ride the Rails to Revitalization with US
If you are a placemaker looking to gain more experience, we welcome you to contact us to join us on this trip as a participant and to learn more about the placemaking strategies being discussed and implemented.

Funders: Full Steam Ahead with Your Assistance
​We invite funders and donors to support our mission to bring placemaking expertise to rural America and empower BIPOC and student placemakers to come with us by financing their trip. Your gift to our Travel Fund will make this journey possible and help us catalyze thriving, equitable communities across the country.

Let's Meetup After?

Can't catch the train? Let's converge at one of these upcoming events/festivals or let us know what's happening in your neck of the woods!

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