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Consider COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, the official journal of the Community Development Society as both a publication venue for your work and a great way of keeping up with the exciting field of community development. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT is a peer-reviewed journal that is published five times a year, featuring articles on such diverse topics as rural and urban economic development, housing, entrepreneurship, theory, technology, social capital, leadership, and much more! Articles are written by and for academics and practitioners. For more information on preparing your manuscript, visit the journal’s webpage at: Full instructions are available there, including author guidelines. All manuscripts are submitted via an electronic system at the Scholar One Manuscripts website,

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Call for Abstracts
Business Retention & Expansion
Special Issue of Community Development
(Journal of the Community Development Society) 

Guest Editors:
Michael Darger, University of Minnesota Extension
Alan Barefield, Mississippi State University 
Brent Hales, University of Minnesota Extension

Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) has existed as a central activity and priority for economic development practitioners for more than a generation.  A wide variety of public and private organizations in communities, regions and states/ provinces in North America and beyond have incorporated BRE programming into their community economic development programs.  A 2009 national survey found that 62% of cities and counties were doing BRE surveys with their businesses and 82% were partnering with chambers of commerce or others on BRE (N=709)[1].  Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) has existed as a BRE-specific association for over 20 years in order to promote best practices and build capacity through quality educational opportunities.  The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) also offers BRE training and finds that “business retention programs have become the most popular economic development efforts of communities nation-wide”.  [i]  There is an opportunity to explore the collective impact of BRE and share what has been learned about this important component of community economic development.

        Despite its emergence as a pre-eminent concern for community development practitioners, relatively little has been published in recent literature.  What innovation is happening in BRE visitation programs?  How do other data gathering methods contribute to economic developers’ understanding of the businesses and economics in their sphere of influence?  What are the results at the community, regional and state/provincial levels?  How does BRE intersect with economic development techniques and strategies?  

        Seeking to build on advances in community economic development strategies, we are soliciting abstracts for papers to be published in a special issue of Community Development in 2017. The intent of this special issue is to provide a collection of high quality articles on various aspects of using this approach to inform and induce economic development with a goal of helping readers to learn about innovative procedures and approaches in conducting a BRE process.  While BRE might be regarded as relatively mature with regard to a developmental continuum, both scholars and practitioners can make significant contributions to the literature by sharing research and practices from case studies, process evaluations, larger scale studies, and analysis of benchmarked data time series.

        Submission of topics and abstracts is open and topics of special interest include, but are not limited to:   

·         Intersection between BRE and other economic development strategies: entrepreneurship, business recruitment, technology-intensive, creative economy, etc.

·         Public policy implications of BRE from local to state/provincial scale

·         Measuring BRE results: metrics and methods

·         Case studies of BRE results over time

·         Benchmarking BRE data for trends and program development.

·         Implications of face-to-face visitation vs. other primary data collection methods like focus groups, electronic surveying, mixed methods, and other techniques

·         Accomplishing relationship building with businesses

·         Quality data collection while using technology: considerations and tradeoffs

·         Innovations and evolution in data collection from secondary sources

·         Moving from BRE data analysis to systemic action

·         Building broad-based partnerships for BRE

·         The process of BRE in its various forms (volunteer visitor, continuous, electronic survey, etc.).  What are the implications for urban, suburban, rural, regional, and state/provincial BRE programs

·         Using volunteer visitors vs. professional economic developers for BRE program implementation

·         BRE training and capacity building for economic development professionals, board members and volunteer participants.

·         Retaining baby boomer businesses in communities as the boomers transition to retirement 

        The abstracts should be written for both practitioners and academics and provide generalizable results that can contribute to the body of knowledge on Business Retention and Expansion rather than, for example, only reporting a case study. However local experiences can document the findings or test the results. The final accepted papers will be written in a professional style including literature review, documented outcomes and references. The emphasis should focus on the manner in which the BRE effort was applied, essential ingredients in success, what has been learned from the process, and outcomes and impacts achieved.

Those interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an abstract, not longer than 500 words, outlining the topics addressed, organization and/or methodologies used, and how the paper will contribute to the BRE topic to: Michael Darger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 29, 2016.

           When submitting, include BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION ABSTRACT in the memo subject line. Authors will be notified by March 1, 2016 regarding invitations to prepare a full paper.

Final paper submission will be expected by July 15, 2016 using standard Community Development format requirements.  Papers will be submitted through the usual refereeing process. 

 It is expected that an economic development topic  will be offered in the 2016 Community Development Society (CDS) International Association of Community Development (IACD) conference and authors are encouraged to submit their paper to the conference call  for presentations as well.  However, conference submission is not required.  An invitation to prepare a full paper for the Journal does not imply invitation to a presentation opportunity at the conference, nor vice versa.  However, both the Journal and the CDS IACD conference are excellent opportunities to advance knowledge on BRE .

Updated: November 11, 2015

[1] Warner, Mildred and Zheng, Lingwen (2011).  Economic Development Strategies for Recessionary Times: Survey Results from 2009.  ICMA Municipal Year Book 2011 (Washington, D.C.: ICMA, 2011), 33-42. 

[i] Retrieved from


Dear CDS Colleagues...

If you are tired of reading trashy novels and mysteries and looking for something more to think about, choose a book from the list attached to read and review.  Your review will be published in the Journal.  Choose several books from the list, then send me a note at my email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your mailing address and the list of books you would like to review.  Send me several choices, in case your first coice has already been assigned.  I'll send you the book and the guidelines for review.  You'll have about eight weeks to complete the review.  And you get to keep the book!

Anne H. Silvis

Book Review Editor, Community Development:  Journal of the Community Development Society

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT is pleased to include the CD Cases section in the journal. One to three applied case studies will be presented in each CD Cases offering. The purpose of this section is to provide a venue for publishing peer reviewed case study research that provides useful information for community development researchers and practitioners and insights into applied community development work.

To submit a manuscript for consideration in CD Cases, visit . All manuscripts must be formatted in accordance with American Psychological Style (APA) guidelines and to specifications listed on the website. Note that manuscripts must not be longer than 25 pages, double-spaced.

A case study involves in-depth research and understanding on a given or chosen subject matter. A typical manuscript would include these components: introduction, literature review, methodology, study, analysis, conclusions and recommendations, and references. The journal does not accept manuscripts that are purely descriptive – the research must be generalizable and provide relevant insight/implications/findings for the field of community development. The case study methodology must be fully explained and supporting literature must be presented. The journal does not usually accept economic impact studies unless new methodologies are utilized.  Note that all manuscripts for CD Cases will be peer reviewed.



Information on the Reviewing Process and Scheduling

The timeframe for the reviewing process can take up to six months, or longer. Once the manuscript is submitted, it is processed internally and an initial decision is made whether or not to place in the review process. If accepted for review, then reviewers are identified who have expertise and interest in the topic of the manuscript. The process of identifying and securing an affirmative response from potential reviewers can take several weeks or longer. Once the reviewer has agreed, they have 30 days to submit. Sometimes, a reviewer will agree and find they do not have time to submit the review; in this case, we have to identify and find a new reviewer and this may result in some delay. Once all reviews are returned, the editor assesses them and makes the final decision. Therefore, a decision cannot be returned within 30 days to you. We strive for an efficient process, but do allow us time to complete a thorough and comprehensive review of your manuscript. If your manuscript requires revision, you will have up to six months to resubmit online or the system will time it out. It does not always take this long, unless major revisions or a review resubmission is required. After the final manuscript is received, it will be sent to production and assignment to an issue. You will receive a proof copy a month or so before printing date. Prior to print date, most articles will be available via the iFirst system, an online manuscript access system that allows use earlier than usual.


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Editorial Board


John J. Green, University of Mississippi, USA

Cases Editor

Mark A. Brennan, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Book Review Editor

Anne H. Silvis, University of Illinois, USA

Book Series Editors

Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University, USA

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, USA


Editorial Assistants

Elizabeth Sweeney, University of Mississippi, USA

Mary Margaret Saulters, University of Mississippi, USA

Lynn C. Woo, University of Mississippi, USA

Editorial Board

Alan W. Barton,New Mexico Highlands University, USA

Robert Boyer, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA

Caitlin Cahill, Pratt Institute, USA

James R. Calvin, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Gary Craig, Durham University, UK

Brian Christens, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Steven Dellar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Mary R. Domahidy, St. Louis University, USA

Mary Emery, South Dakota State University, USA

Jan Flora, Iowa State University, USA

Tony Gauvin, University of Maine at Fort Kent, USA

Gary A. Goreham, North Dakota State University, USA

Gisele Hamm, Western Illinois University, USA

Stephen C. Jeanetta, University of Missouri, USA

Katie Kerstetter, George Mason University, USA

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, USA

David Lamie, Clemson University, USA

Wilson Majee, University of Missouri, USA

Diane K. McLaughlin, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Douglas D. Perkins, Vanderbilt University, USA

Molly Phillips, Dreyfus Health Foundation of the Rogosin Institute, USA

Rhonda Phillips, Arizona State University, USA

Keith Popple, London South Bank University, UK

Katie Richards-Schuster, University of Michigan, USA

Norman Walzer, Northern Illinois University, USA

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