Why You Should Attend


Community developers are change agents in a rapidly changing world. This conference will feature a wide range of information, tools, and networking opportunities for learning and sharing best practices to address sustainability of communities, locally and globally. CDS and IACD are partnering to expand our horizons in community development to foster positive community change worldwide, sustain community development efforts, and explore how community development can help facilitate achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The CDS/IACD Conference will be a unique opportunity to:

  • Network with peers involved in community locally, and around the world. 
  • Learn from peers about trends, research, challenges, and solutions to addressing the most pressing issues facing our world today.
  • Engage with other participants around topics topics such as strengthening values of environment, economy, social and cultural well-being, democracy, health, community engagement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and more!

In addition, the conference will feature top notch local and international speakers, receptions for new attendees, students, and international participants. The “Evening at the Landmark” will be an opportunity to meet old and new friends and colleagues in the field of community development.