LSU's Office of Community Design and Development Receives $25,000 Foundation for Louisiana Grant to Study Small Town and Rural Community Development

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The Foundation for Louisiana recently awarded $25,000 to the LSU School of Architecture's Office of Community Design and Development, or OCDD, to conduct a 10-month public service project and pilot study, "Advancing Louisiana Small Town and Rural Community Development."

Baton Rouge, LA (December 15, 2011) – The Foundation for Louisiana recently awarded $25,000 to the LSU School of Architecture’s Office of Community Design and Development, or OCDD, to conduct a 10-month public service project and pilot study, “Advancing Louisiana Small Town and Rural Community Development.”

The study will take place in northeast Louisiana, focusing on the Lake Providence and Tallulah corridor, including Shelburn, Lake Providence, Transylvania, Alsatia, Sandheimer, Tallulah and Richmond.

Primary investigators for the project are OCDD Director Marsha Cuddeback and School of Architecture Professor Frank M. Bosworth. Research Associates Stacy Palczynski, Christine Leech and Danielle Martin will assist, as will OCDD Graduate Assistant Christopher Peoples. The project will explore new strategic approaches to community design and planning solutions, which address common problems in the physical environment related to community health, education, quality of life, and economic prosperity in rural communities. Hospitals, public safety facilities and schools, among other institutions, will be evaluated to see if their physical condition correlates with performance on health, education and economic measures. Schools will also be evaluated to determine which improvements will advance community based education.

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