Stephen Jeanetta

Honoring the past and charting new directions | Special celebrations as we come home to the CDS birthplace | Inspiring plenaries, breakout sessions and more | Mobile workshops that foster learning and exchange | Professional networking and recognition | Dedicated family activities | In the midst of the historic, vibrant downtown and MU campus | Come home to Missouri to cultivate the future for CD | Follow us at #commdev, on Facebook & at

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS opens on Sept. 21, 2018
  • Submit proposals by Nov. 30, 2018
  • Notifications on proposals:
    • Non-USA based presenters by Feb. 1, 2019
    • USA-based presenters by Mar. 1, 2019
  • Presenters:
    • Presenters must complete their paid registration by  June 14, 2019
    • Program copy is finalized by July 1, 2019


11 October 2017

The Community Development Society (CDS) is a nonprofit corporation established in 1969 to strengthen and advance community development policy, practice, learning, and research through educational and scientific means, including:

  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among community developers;
  • Advocating for and awarding excellence in advancing the common good through community development policy and practice and scholarship and research;
  • Providing platforms for the dissemination of professional and scholarly works; and
  • Providing opportunities for dialogue and deliberation among CDS Members.

Airport Information

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky


Blue Grass Airport, 4000 Terminal Drive, Lexington, KY 40510

Blue Grass Airport, Ground Transportation:

Conference Housing

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky


Hilton Downtown Lexington

369 W. Vine St., Lexington, KY 40507

Connected to Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center via skywalk, this modern high-rise hotel offers contemporary decor and custom-designed beds, plus desks, 40-inch flat-screen TVs and complimentary WiFi in guest and meeting rooms. Amenities include a trendy martini bar, and acclaimed grill restaurant, a fitness center and a heated pool.  Free self parking is available to all registered hotel guests.  

CDS members receive a special room rate of $119 (plus applicable taxes). You may reserve your room at this link. The "call-in" code is UKCDS. To make a room reservation by phone, call 859-231-9000.  Reservations must be made by June 24 to receive the CDS Conference rate. 

The Hilton is booked for July 18th. Here are other options for July 18, and a map showing their location in relation to the Hilton:

  • SpringHill Suites Lexington
    863 S. Broadway, Lexington, KY  40504 - Near the University of Kentucky
     for $179 USD  per night
    Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
    Book your group rate for Community Development Society
    Phone:  859-225-1500 (Ask for Community Development Rate)
    Start date:
    End date: 7/19/15
    Last day to book: 6/18/15 
  • Gratz Park Inn
    120 West Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507
    Ask for Will Smith, Sales Manager, mention CDS and he will provide a discounted rate of $159/night in their boutique hotel
    Walking distance from the Hilton
  • Hyatt Regency, Lexington
    401 West High Street, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, 40507
    1 859 253 1234
    Rooms starting at $198 available online (they have a limited number of rooms available)
    Very close to Hilton

Champions Court I (University of Kentucky Dorm Rooms)

344 Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington, KY  40526

CDS has made special arrangements for dorm rooms at a low cost at Champions Court I on the University of Kentucky campus, about .8 miles from the Hilton.  Guests will have their own private bedroom along with a shared bathroom and common area and access to lounges, recreation rooms, laundry, and a community kitchen.

Cost is $35 per night, which includes sheets, blanket, washcloth, towel and pillow.  Make reservations at this link.  Please list Community Development Society International Conference as your conference affiliation on the individual reservation request form.

Keynote Presentations

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference 

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky

Monday, July 20, 8:00 – 9:15 am


Welcome and Keynote Address


Speaker: Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America


ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.  ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place.


Tuesday, July 21, 8:00 – 9:00 am


Keynote Presentation


Speaker:  Michael Rios, University of California, Davis, author of Dialogos:  Placemaking in Latino Communities


Negotiating the Place of Culture and the Culture of Place:  Unlike the problems of sprawl, environmental degradation, and climate change, there are no straightforward technical solutions to working more effectively with culturally diverse communities. In this plenary session, Michael will discuss the difference that culture makes and how places can be viewed as sites of world-making through negotiations of belonging, authorship, and power to establish what groups can expect of one   another.


Wednesday, July 22, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


Closing Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

Speaker:  Natasha Bowens, author





Join the author of the book, The Color of Food: Race, Resilience and Farming, released March 2015, as she provides a community development lens to look at food, race and social justice.  More information about the Color of Food may be found on:

Monday Evening Event

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015

Hilton Lexington Downtown

Lexington, Kentucky


Monday, July 20

Carrick House


Join us for a reception that will honor and reflect Kentucky’s traditions. Music will be provided by the Reel World String Band, an all-women group that brings together classic fiddling, bluegrass harmonies with a touch of swing, blues and jazz.  Their music relates to women’s rights and coal miner’s struggles. There will be the opportunity to samle crafted Kentucky bourbons.  

Registration Rates

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky

Early Bird Rates available until June 20

 Please note that the early bird discount of $50 will be applied at checkout if you register before June 20.

Early Bird Member                                              $319

Early Bird Non-Member*                                    $449

Early Bird Student Member                               $209

Early Bird Student Non-Member*                     $269

Retiree/Guest                                                     $169


After June 20:

Regular Member                                                $369

Regular Non-Member*                                      $499

Regular Student Member                                 $259

Regular Student Non-Member*                       $319

Retiree/Guest                                                    $219


*includes CDS Electronic Membership for 2015-16 

Mobile Learning Workshops

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky


Monday, July 20

MLW #1 - Lexington LGBTQ: A History of the Wild and Wonderful - $25

Spend four fascinating hours learning about Lexington's infamous sexual past, its history of slavery, and race relations and how the LGBTQ community adds to the vibrancy and sustainability of the community.  Dr. Jonathan Coleman, a Kentucky Historian, will lead an interactive walking tour in downtown that is specific to Lexington's LGBTQ and drag history and will end at the historic Kentucky Theater. Here Bob Morgan, a guerilla artist and Lexington drag queen in the 70s, will host a slide show of photographs: gender benders of famous and unknown Kentuckians dating back to the civil war era.The final two hours of this tour allows participants to engage in a series of interactive breakout sessions focusing on various LGBTQ issues for community developers.

MLW #2 - Horse Assisted Communities: How Horses Give Back - $30

In the horse capital of the world, horses make a distinct economic contribution through racing and breeding– but are they affecting other underlying aspects of the local community? A 4-hour tour will allow participants to explore the lesser known side of horse culture in Lexington, beginning with a field trip to the Makers Mark Secretariat Center where off-the-track thoroughbred race horses get retrained for their new careers. Then visit their neighbors next door at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) to discover how therapeutic riding and Equine Assisted Learning both heal and educate local veterans and high school students. This tour will finish up with an in-depth discussion with experts and volunteers about the variety of ways the community is impacted by these programs.

MLW #3 - Social Enterprise on the Rise  - $25

A social enterprise is an organization that applies commerical strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders" (Wikipedia). Social Enterprise on the Rise is a four hour mobile workshop that gives participants a firsthand look at the many ways social enterprise organizations can and do impact a community. It starts with a tour of Opportunities for Work and Learning (OWL), whose mission is to “educate and equip individuals with barriers to employment to reach their vocational goals”, and finishes up with a tour of the Plantory – a social enterprise incubator under one roof known as “The Bread Box”. A discussion with leaders in the local social enterprise movement, hosted by UK’s Community Innovations Lab located at the Plantory, will finish out this workshop. Come find out more about the challenges many social enterprises face and how they too overcome the barriers to their goals of serving their communities. 

MLW #4 - Paint Your Town Red: The Challenges and Rewards of Mural Art in a Community - $25

This mobile workshop will take participants on a four hour bus tour through different Lexington neighborhoods chronicling the history of the mural movement.  Local experts will share the challenges and tensions that artists, neighborhoods and city governments face when moving towards the creation of public and private art projects. The tour will end in the Distillery District, a newly emerging arts and entertainment district in downtown, at a local brewery to discuss how communities can better vaccinate themselves against brain drain and economic stagnation by deliberately developing an art’s focused culture.

MLW #5 - Bicycling’s Contributions to Community Wellness - $25

This mobile workshop will explore how investing in cycling revitalizes and re-humanizes urban infrastructure while fostering personal and community wellness, entrepreneurialism and connect diverse communities together through city wide and county wide trail systems. Participants will meet with local bicycling proponents, tour and learn about Broke Spoke’s work to reduce and eliminate economic barriers to bicycle ownership and maintenance through a volunteer-run community bike shop. After the tour an hour long discussion will assist you in learning from local city officials about what it takes in the way of resources, vision and patience, to develop bike trail systems in a community. Then it’s your chance to bike or take a Sprocket Jockey Pedicab Ride** through horse country on the Legacy Trail.  **Only four pedicabs available

MLW #6 - How Community Engagement Impact Our Shared Spaces: Lexington's East End Neighborhood - $25

This three hour bus tour of the East End of Lexington will focus on various aspects of the built environment and the role of community participation in the development and redevelopment of those spaces. Participants will hear about the challenges and successes of engagement in areas such as healthy food access, the arts, education and commerical and housing redevelopment, from those community members who have led efforts through this East End Renaissance. This tour is sponsored by the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

MLW #7  - Seed, Glean, and Harvest - $35

Food efforts encourage eating fresh and local but simultaneously recognize the transformative and healing power of growing, making, and conserving food sources.  Growers, harvesters, gleaners, food preparers and educators are joining forces to alter the food landscape in Lexington. Witness the transformation transpiring in Lexington on this four hour tour exploring Lexington’s innovative food movement.Visit a fish farm downtown that raises fish on hops from a local brewery and in turn provides the fish supply for a local fish restaurant.  Enjoy lunch dining on the fresh fish.  Hear from students and administrators at a school that turned down government food subsidies and instead created their own program that has students feeding other students.  Come have a snack at a domestic violence shelter that removes women from harm, but also has women in the garden growing produce and flowers available for retail sale.  Hear from community change makers who are making sure healthy food options are available across the city for residents of all social classes.  

Pre-Conference Workshops 

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky


(Open to conference registrants, space limited)

Sunday, July 19

Creating a Culture of Effective Public Engagement in Local communities:  An Experiential Workshop

Presented by Bill Rizzo, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Extension and Eric Giordano, PhD.,  Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Wausau, WI

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Fee: $50

What happens when community leaders fail to effectively engage the public when facing importantand contentious issues?  How do elected leaders think about public engagement? How do they ‘do’ it?  What opportunity and transaction costs arise from failing to involve the public in makingimportant decisions about public issues?  Why does it seem that good information and education does not always equate to good decision-­‐making, either among elected officials or the public?  Our workshop will address these and other tough questions and provide participants with practical toolsand processes that local officials and the public—and those who work with either group—can use to make a difference in how public issues are addressedlocally.

Capturing the Essence of Community through Participatory Photography

Presented by Kim Walker, Community and Environment

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fee: $50

We live in a visually saturated world; and yet, photographic images continue to profoundly influence the public conscience as demonstrated through the works of photojournalism, documentary photography, and advocacy campaigns. Participatory photography adds an interesting twist by putting the camera into the hands of community members - youth, immigrants, women, etc – to communicate how they understand, experience, and interact with their world.  This hands-on workshop will introduce participatory photography methods to aid in capturing, validating and sharing diverse life experiences within a given community.  Registration fee includes refreshments.


Tobacco, Bourbon and Beer:  A Visceral Community Development Experience

Led by Marcus Hollan, University of Kentucky

10:00 am – 5:45 pm

Fee:  $65 (includes lunch and tastings)

Tobacco, Bourbon, and Beer have often been noted at the “3 Deadly Sins” of Kentucky. Through the lens of community development, you will experience these as opportunities and assets for community identity and economic development. We will explore these three industries and the pivotal role they play in  the economy and the vitality and health of the community. We will see, feel and taste what it means to build on local assets and develop a sense of community identity. Come discover how these three industries have enhanced economic development and insight on how to apply the concepts to in our own community. This tour will also serve those who are working with economic tourism trails.

The Status Quo and Future of Community Development in Colleges and Universities

Discussion Led by John Stansfield (UNITEC- New Zealand; Bjorn Peterson (Arizona State University); Ron Hustedde (University of Kentucky)

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Fee:  $15

The purpose of this workshop is to begin the discussion around key questions:  What is the purpose of community development education?  What is the core content that is currently being taught in undergraduate or graduate programs?  What are the core values that are integrated into educational programs?  What needs to be changed in community development education ?  What are the venues that exist or need to be created to enhance the influence of community development education at the national or global level?  It is anticipated that this workshop will lead to a new coalition of community development educators who will exchange ideas, write grants and pursue other forms of action that will impact the direction of the field.

Grassroots Comics:  A Development Communication Tool

Presented by Sharad Sharma, World Comics India

Fee:  $60

1:00 – 4:30 pm

Grassroots comics are simply comics that tell a local story. They are a communication tool for all citizens that can transcend the barriers of language, literacy, media access and social classes or even castes. For these reasons, grassroots comics have been extremely successful in remote and conflict areas of India and the Indian subcontinent, but the accommodating format of this visual medium has led to its spread worldwide.  Join us to understand the power of this community media called Grassroots Comics.

Schedule at a Glance

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky

Sunday, July 19

8:00 am – 6:00 pm        Registration

            8:30 am – 5:45 pm        Pre-Conference Workshops (space limited, registration on first-come, first served basis):

  • Creating a Culture of Effective Public Engagement in Local Communities:  An Experiential Workshop  (8:30-11:30 am)
  • Capturing the Essence of Community through Participatory Photography (8:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • Tobacco, Bourbon and Beer:  A Visceral Community Development Experience (10:00 am-5:45 pm)  Limited to 15 participants
  • The Status Quo and Future of Community Development in Colleges and Universities (1:00-4:30 pm)
  • Grassroots Comics:  A Development Communication Tool (1:00-4:30 pm)

            4:30 pm – 5:30 pm         International Committee Reception

            5:30 pm – 8:30 pm         Opening Night Welcome Reception and Opening Ceremony with Local Artists

                                                            Speaker:  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Kentucky Lt. Governor Crit Luallen

        Monday, July 20

           7:00 am – 6:00 pm        Registration

           7:00 am – 8:00 am        Breakfast & Networking

           8:00 am – 6:00 pm        Exhibits and Silent Auction open

           8:00 am – 9:15 am        Welcome and Keynote Address

                                                           Speaker:  Prentice Onayemi, ArtPlace America

           9:45 am – 11:15 am       Concurrent Sessions

           11:15 am - 12:30 pm      Poster Presentations

           12:30 pm – 4:30 pm       Mobile Learning Workshops (space limited, registration on first-come, first served basis)

  • MLW #1 - Lexington LGBTQ:  A History of the Wildand Wonderful
  • MLW #2 - Horse Assisted Communities: How Horses Give
  • MLW #3 - Social Enterprise on the Rise
  • MLW #4 - Paint Your Town Red: The Challenges and Rewards of Mural Art in a Community
  • MLW #5 - Bicycling’s Contributions to Community Wellness
  • MLW #6 - How Community Engagement Impacts Our Shared Spaces: Lexington’s East End Neighborhood
  • MLW #7 - Seed, Glean, and Harvest

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm       Offsite Reception at Carrick House

Tuesday, July 21

6:30 am – 7:30 am       Sunrise Yoga, Triangle Park

7:00 am – 6:00 pm       Registration

7:00 am – 8:00 am       Breakfast, Committee Roundtables and Past Presidents’ Meeting

8:00 am – 5:00 pm       Exhibits and Silent Auction

            8:00 am – 9:00 am        Keynote Presentation:  Negotiating the Place of Culture and the Culture of Place

                                               Speaker:  Michael Rios, University of California, Davis

9:15 am – 10:45 am      Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm    Concurrent Sessions

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm      Lunch, Presidential Address and Business Meeting

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm        Concurrent Sessions

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm  Past President, New Member and Student Reception

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm        Reception, Awards Banquet and Silent Auction

Wednesday, July 22

7:00 am – 8:00 am        Breakfast and Networking

8:00 am – 11:30 am      Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am        Concurrent Sessions

10:00 am – 11:30 am    Concurrent Sessions

11:45 am – 1:00 pm      Closing Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

                                            Speaker:  Natasha Bowens




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