The Mission...

The Community Development Society furthers community work through teaching, practice, and research. CDS provides those who do community work with best practices, networking opportunities, tools, and other resources.

What We Do

The Community Development Society provides leadership to professionals and citizens across the spectrum of community development. Members have multiple opportunities to learn what's new in the profession, to exchange ideas, to obtain the most current research and reference information available and to share professional expertise. Our annual conference, publications, and listservs offer:
  • Professional development
  • Networks
  • Information on initiatives and job opportunities
  • Recognition for outstanding contributions and achievements
  • Opportunities for discussion and debate


    CDS members represent a variety of fields: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, economic development practitioners, citizen groups, and more.

    Over eighty percent of members practice in the United States with the remaining members coming from nearly 32 different countries around the globe.