Background Image Alternative Text: A rendering illustrates one of CSTC’s recommendations of relocating some of First Monday’s vendor stalls to Town Creek.

What We Do

The Fred Carl, Jr. Small Town Center is a community design center in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University. We provide a range of design and planning services for communities and research about small town challenges.

What can we do for you?

Background Image Alternative Text: Students work to construct concrete forms at the Baptist Town pocket park.

Our Story

Over the past four decades, the Small Town Center at Mississippi State University has contributed a significant body of knowledge about small towns in modern America.

Discover Our Past

Background Image Alternative Text: close up of work in the 40th anniversary exhibit in the Charlotte and Richard McNeel Gallery

Our Work

The Small Town Center provides a variety of design services including community engagement and visioning; master planning; project feasibility studies; downtown revitalizations; bike and pedestrian planning; research; creating and building; grant writing; and design seminars and workshops.

Communities We've Worked With

Background Image Alternative Text: The CSTC reimagined the corner lot as Radio Park

Let's Work Together

If your town, community or organization is interested in working with the Small Town Center, we want to know! Our community design center provides a range of services, from community engagement and visioning, all the way to full-scale master planning and conceptual designs for projects.

Let's Start Working Together