The United States Postal Service (USPS) is so ubiquitous it is almost invisible. Connecting 150 million households in every neighborhood almost every day, the postal network has been America’s central nervous system binding the nation together for over two centuries.

Despite this physical presence and distribution capability, there are few mechanisms or processes to engage with local communities, economic development or place-making initiatives. The time is right to consider new partnerships to augment core-postal services in benefit of places.

In the Spring of 2019 interdisciplinary students from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have been exploring how and where to integrate innovative solutions within the Postal Service network through an interdisciplinary course titled, “From Postal Networks to Community Places.” This is a joint class with the School of Architecture and School of Design, and has anchored our thinking for evaluating how postal infrastructure (facilities, distribution network, personnel and core services) can be leveraged to increase benefit for communities.

We are excited to invite you to this day-long forum with experts and stakeholders from the place-making and community development sector and the postal domain. The morning will provide an opportunity to review and provide rich feedback to students, the afternoon we roll-up our sleeves— building on student’s scenarios, the afternoon offers an opportunity to further discuss possible synergies between the Postal and Place-making domain for building more resilient communities.

Please join us.