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2019 CDS Awards Open

Awards season is open for the Community Development Society. But the deadline for people and programs to be honored at the 2019 CDS Conference is fast approaching.  The Society offers awards in 11 different categories. Seeking awards is a two-step process. First, a person put forth a nominee for an award. Then, the person or program nominated is asked to submit additional information for the Awards and Recognition Committee to review. Information about each of the awards is below. 

  • The Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of superior and long-standing service to the field of community development, and, in particular, work for the advancement of the Society. Board members and officers are ineligible for this award. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent award recipient is Connie Loden in 2018.
  • The Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research which exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will recognize research which reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the research process. Nominations should focus on highlighting exceptional current research. Only one Outstanding Research Award is bestowed by the Society each year. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent award recipient is David Campbell in 2016.
  • The Community Development Achievement Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to community development. The person may be recognized for teaching, research, practice, programming, administration, or any combination of these roles. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most award recent recipient is Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu in 2018
  • The Outstanding Program Award is presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of completion of superior programming that exemplifies and positively influences community development practice and has demonstrated sustained success. The award will recognize an established program that reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the implementation process. Only one program can be recognized annually. The most award recent winner is the University of Kentucky Extension Community & Leadership Development Training Series in 2018.
  • The Innovative Program Award is presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program (recent or on-going) using the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. This award will recognize a new, creative, and promising program contributing to community development practice. More than one program may receive this award. The most recent recipients were the West Virginia Recruitable Communities Program and the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD Buildings Program in 2018.
  • The Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent recipient is Neil Linscheid in 2016.
  • The Current Research Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a current research project(s) or product that represents an important contribution to the field of community development and reflects the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. The most recent recipient is Ben Winchester in 2017.
  • The Student Recognition Award is presented to a CDS member who is either an undergraduate or graduate student, in recognition of his or her contribution to community development through a paper, an article, a field project or internship, or other applied research. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. The most recent recipient is John C. Hill in 2018.
  • The Friend of Community Development Award is presented to a person who is not a CDS member, but who has made a significant contribution to the field of community development. This contribution could have been accomplished through his or her role as author, educator, administrator (public or private sector), community organizer, or elected or appointed official. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent recipient is Gavin Rennie in 2016.
  • The Outstanding Community Development Educator Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of their excellence in teaching and instruction within the field of Community Development. The person may be recognized for their outstanding contributions within community development education. This person should exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society and illustrate them in their educational practice within formal and/or non-formal educational settings. Self-nominations are not accepted. The most recent recipient is Gary Goreham in 2018.
  • The International Community Development Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to community development in an international setting. Individuals or teams are eligible for the award. The award can be presented to a CDS member or to a person who is not a current CDS member but who exemplifies the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. The most recent recipient is Cornelia “Cornel” Hart in 2017.

For more information, visit the CDS Awards Page, then click on the name of a particular award to learn more information or to reach the “Nominate” button for each honor.

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2018 Community Development Society Award Recipients

 

Congratulations to the 2018 Community Development Society Award Recipients! These awards recognize students, scholars, and practitioners who have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the field of community development and who demonstrate a commitment to the CDS Principles of Good Practice.

Student Recognition Award

The Student Recognition Award is presented to a CDS member who is either an undergraduate or graduate student, in recognition of his or her contribution to community development through a paper, an article, a field project or internship, or other applied research.

John C. Hill of the University of Kentucky brings together his academic training in education, criminal justice, community & leadership development, as well as educational leadership studies to create innovative community development programming. He brings the artistic act of communal drumming into his work with individuals who have been convicted of drug abuse, using drumming as a rehabilitative act that their supports emotional and physical coping mechanisms. He is also applying this area of research on drumming to strengthening Town and Gown relationships through his "Bonding With Beats" initiative. He demonstrates integral use of the Principles of Good practice: his work is anchored in respect for others, self-determination, inclusivity, and agency.

Innovative Program Award

The Innovative Program Award is presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program (recent or on-going) using the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. This award recognizes new, creative, and promising programs contributing to community development practice. This year, t two programs were honored.

Since 2015, the West Virginia Recruitable Community Program (RCP) has used a model led by the WVU Extension Service's Community Resources and Economic Development unit that incorporates design and place-making tools to initiate conversations, followed by planning activities that occur over a six-month time frame. Communities are provided with grants of $10,000 from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to develop programs, seed projects, and pay related expenses to address community health and community development. The model requires a higher level of citizen involvement than previous iterations but has resulted in increased community capacity and projects that are accomplished as a result of community buy-in.

While the RCP specifically focuses on increasing rural communities’ health care provider recruiting potential, the program is unique in its approach to rural recruitment, relying on both traditional healthcare topics and broader community development issues. It provides advice, assessment, and suggestions for enhancing community development and recruitment and retention techniques. It also reinforces recruitment and retention efforts by strengthening community ties to training programs and state agencies and funding resources. Most importantly, the RCP seeks broad and extensive community participation in the process of planning for community improvements to make places more desirable destinations for health care professionals. The result has been impactful efforts that have made communities better places for current residents and for the attraction of medical professionals to rural areas who need them most.

The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD Buildings Program in conjunction with WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, has developed toolkits and designed technical support services that have launched a wave of activity. Brownfield, abandoned, and dilapidated (BAD) buildings are a challenge facing literally every community in West Virginia. Since its inception in 2012, the Program has assisted over 25 communities through a combination of public and private funding. Initial successes are transforming “liability to viability” in communities struggling to navigate the state’s economic transition away from coal. Through consistent use of participatory practices, these efforts embody the CDS Principles of Good Practice.

The BAD Buildings Program supports West Virginia communities with limited local capacity. Law Clinic and Program staff work with community members to build awareness of the problem, inform them about the technical and legal issues involved with dealing with BAD buildings, and support them in building a local action team. These coalitions include county and city staff, nonprofit and for-profit development organizations, volunteer boards and commissions, and concerned neighbors and business owners. Inclusion of those directly impacted by BAD buildings is critical for program success. Communities who have created their own inventories and prioritized sites are left not only with inventories that actually meet their self-designated needs and priorities but also the ability to continue to update those inventories and priorities on their own.

Outstanding Program Award

The Outstanding Program Award is presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of completion of superior programming that exemplifies and positively influences community development practice and has demonstrated sustained success. The award recognizes an established program that reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the implementation process.

The University of Kentucky Extension Community & Leadership Development Training Series supports the community and economic development skills of the University of Kentucky’s county-level extension agents across Kentucky’s 120 counties. These extension agents, hired because of their expertise in their specialty areas, have not had training in community and economic development practices, and this program’s collaborative team, working in partnership with these agents, is developing relevant, pragmatic tools to help agents engage the public in shared learning processes that support engaged, participatory community development across the state.  

The collaborative team develops a case-based approach that speaks directly to the agents’ needs in both their specialty areas and their individual community’s needs. During the past 12 months, over 200 Extension educators have taken part in program workshops and webinars that address topics such as effective listening; working collaboratively with elected leaders and the media; hosting community conversations, resolving public conflict resolution; asset mapping; and initiating community change. Participants have expressed their appreciation for new skills in these areas—skills that also have increased their ability to help a group achieve consensus and gain closure; their sensitivity to interests, needs, and concerns of individuals from different cultural backgrounds; and their ability to articulate both sides of an issue then offer a process to reframe the conversation.

Outstanding Community Development Educator Award

The Outstanding Community Development Educator Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of their excellence in teaching and instruction within the field of Community Development. Award recipients exemplify the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society and illustrate them in their educational practice within formal and/or non-formal educational settings.

As an educator, Gary Goreham of North Dakota State University – or “Dr. G,” as his students affectionately call him – employs the magic pedagogical combination: a “fusion of traditional teaching methods in conjunction with experiential learning and intensive field work” paired with mentoring in professional development opportunities and research publication—even with undergraduate students. He embraces the challenge of putting theory into practice, acknowledging that such lenses are valuable tools for gaining insight into a community’s experience.

As an engaged scholar/practitioner, he puts community members at the helm of change efforts, adhering to the principles and practices of participatory democracy in asset-based assessment. Modeling this with students in faculty-led fieldwork, he is literally transforming the next generation of community development practitioners. In his own words, Gary is “out to transform the world”—one student and one community at a time.

Community Development Achievement Award

The Community Development Achievement Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to community development. The person may be recognized for teaching, research, practice, programming, administration, or any combination of these roles.

Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu of Purdue University has embodied the Principles of Good Practice throughout his 40+ years of innovative and dedicated leadership in the field of community development. He ensures that a diversity of people and interests are engaged, that the wider public is offered the opportunity to weigh in on proposed actions, and that each community and economic development blueprint is built on a community’s strategic assets.

An accomplished educator, provocative scholar, compassionate and fearless practitioner, Bo has influenced community development from the levels of national policy to the on-the-ground work in individual communities. He has played instrumental roles in such programs as Stronger Economies Together (SET), the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative, Turning the Tide on Poverty, and the Hometown Collaborative Initiative (HCI). Bo currently leads the Hometown Collaboration Initiative in collaboration with Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Ball State University. After just three years, this program has helped nearly 20 small Indiana communities sustainably develop local leaders, grow small businesses, and enhance public spaces. Through his professional relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense, Bo helped launch the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program, which has strengthened Indiana’s economy. He also works closely with the White House Rural Council and the Economic Research Service to combat poverty in Indiana.

A leading-edge proponent of big data, Bo leads such extensive collaborative projects by helping his teams quickly identify opportunities, efficiently orchestrate large-scale multidisciplinary initiatives, and create a clear picture for stakeholders how pooling their assets for regional development is the true path to success. Through helping to develop data-driven products, he supports the ability of regional and local economic development groups to make smart decisions about the type of economic development strategies that best the needs and assets of their regions and communities. The success and impact of these programs and data products stem, at root, from Bo’s gifts as an inspiring and generous mentor. For communities as for fellow community developers, Bo helps others learn, test, and strengthen their own skills. Working with him helps everyone practice and improve in a safe, supportive environment with his passion for building conversations and capacities among all people. Above all, he is a voice for change in a world that often insulates itself against such change.

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award

The Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of superior and long-standing service to the field of community development, and, in particular, work for the advancement of the Society.

Connie Loden is a 20 year member of CDS, and has served terms on the board of directors, including as Vice President of operations from 2006-2008, and chair in 2008-2009, as well as serving as a member of the finance, award, and international committees. She has been active in the planning of several CDS and related conferences and has attended almost every CDS conference since she became a member in 1998. Currently, Connie is actively engaged in the CDS Fellows program, working to formalize the relationships between the Community Change Network, private foundations, and the Community Development Society. In this and in all her previous roles, her leadership is representative, inclusive, considerate of broad implications to the community and its membership, and dedicated to justice, fairness, and sustainability.

When she is not actively advocating for CDS, Connie is the Senior Project Manager for New North, a regional economic development NGO in Wisconsin-USA where she specializes in community change, leadership and asset-based economic development; applying her particular passion for rural areas, helping communities change around the world. Connie’s work has been recognized on a state, national and international level, having received numerous awards including the Community Development Society’s Innovative Project Award.

Connie’s vision for CDS is to facilitate additional awareness, partnerships, and collaborations to help expand the capacity of the organization, increase membership and expand the resources and services offered. In the future, CDS will be the “go to place” for Community development expertise and assistance. Each step that Connie has taken; past, present and future are to assist in making that vision a reality.

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Passing of Del Yoder

For those of you who have been involved in the Community Development Society for a long time, the name Del Yoder probably rings a bell. He was quite involved in the Society until his retirement from West Virginia University about 15 years ago or so.

Unfortunately, Del, 83, of Morgantown, WV, died Jan. 30, in Bali, Indonesia. He was hiking in the green hills near Ubud when he slipped at the rim of a deep ravine and was instantly killed. Delmar Ray Yoder was born in Kalona, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Linda; three sons; and four grandchildren.

An early volunteer experience at Calling Lake, Alberta, Canada, set a pattern for his life. After receiving a degree in biology in 1961, from Eastern Mennonite University, Del and his wife went to Timor, Indonesia, where they managed a program of village-level agricultural education and community development. This program introduced a high-yield corn seed that helped the early season food shortage.

Del earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wisconsin before going to work at Iowa State University as an Extension Community and Economic development Specialist. His next appointment was at West Virginia University in a similar role. During the years in WV, he created Owl Creek Farm, where he did mixed farming and rescued and restored old log buildings. He is best known for his strawberries. He was a member of the Clinton District Volunteer Fire Department. Del was an officer in the Community Development Society, a member of the Rural Sociological Society, active in the North American Strawberry Growers Association and a regular participant at the Creative Problem Solving Institute. He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite Church.

A remembrance service was held in Bali on Feb. 3, attended by friends from many nations, followed by a cremation. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later in Morgantown. Donations in his memory are invited to two of the many causes dear to his heart: care for the environment and teaching peace for a better world. Contact The Nature Conservancy, at nature.org, or the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, at emu.edu/cjp. Condolences may be sent to the family at: 640 Goshen Road, Morgantown, WV 26508-2431.

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Innovative Program Winner: UM Community Arts Program

Missouri Community Arts Program Honored by CDS

Economic development is often more art than science. In the case of one program, the economic development focused on art. For doing something beyond the usual, the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program was honored with an Innovative Program Award from the Community Development Society.

The program is based on the Community Capitals framework. It builds on existing community assets, connects to public issues, includes broad participation and partner perspectives, and develops effective youth and adult leadership through education and training. The program utilizes the “arts” as a vehicle for community and economic development, builds community capacity and strong community leaders around the arts.

Everything started with a 2010 meeting that brought parties together to frame a community arts program that would engage the university campus, extension, and communities. This three-way partnership continues to define the program. Formal project development started in 2012 as six communities held experiential workshops to develop plans for engaging the arts to create vibrant, sustainable communities. 

In early 2013, the program announced Lexington as the pilot community. Since then, Missouri University Arts faculty and students, along with community development extension specialists and community leaders, have developed an architectural and history audio tour that builds on an appreciation of Lexington’s strengths. The tour has been carefully planned to increase tourism spending and bring in new businesses and residents.

Utilizing the arts in this way has already led to increased civic engagement. The program has hosted a session on arts council development and two development and donor education workshops. Through early 2014, Lexington residents have contributed 1,167 volunteer hours valued at $22,173; launched a gifts and endowment fund to expand and sustain community arts programming which secured $1,850 in its first six months; and leveraged $1,400 in‐kind contributions. The city has also experienced an enhanced overall image, launched two new art businesses, held seven art shows and is developing an art gallery in partnership with regional artists and a nine‐county tourism alliance. Lexington is becoming a stronger, vibrant community where people want to live.

“The Community Arts program is innovative in bringing together university faculty and students to work closely with community teams in developing programming that employs the arts to enhance the cultural, social, and economic life of the community. The program also help enhance leadership capacities of community members as they come together to plan and organize projects that will meet the needs of their particular community, ” said Suzanne Burgoyne, a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Theatre, who works with the effort by using arts programming addressing health issues in communities.

The program team includes from the University of Missouri Extension: Lee Ann Woolery, the State Community Arts Specialist; Mark Porth, a Regional Community Arts Specialist; Letitia Johnson, a Community Development Specialist; Shelley Bush Rowe, the Regional Director for the Northeast Region; Mark Stewart, the Regional Director for the East Central Region; and Mary Simon Leuci, the Community Development Program Director.

University of Missouri Faculty working with the program include: Jonathan Kuuskoski, an Assistant Professor of Music; Matt Ballou, an Assistant Professor of Art; William Lackey, an Assistant Professor of Music; and Suzanne Burgoyne, a Curators Professor of Theatre.

The photo shows CDS President Bo Beaulieu presenting the award to Mary Simon Leuci and Lee Ann Woolery. 

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Innovative Program Winner: Marketing Hometown America

Three State Marketing Program Honored

Longing to be home is a common sentiment. However, marketing home is a not-so-common way to stimulate development. Marketing Hometown America is the focus of three-state effort that recognizes the uniqueness of each small town and facilitates local citizens in creating a plan that is designed to attract new residents.

The team from North Dakota State University Extension (NDSU), South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension (UNL) collaborated in a USDA NIFA-funded research project to determine what causes people to move to small towns. The team then used those results to help develop marketing plans for a pair of small towns in each state.

The results so far are the development of different plans based on the uniqueness of each community. Community coaches are encouraging the beginning stages of implementation with each one taking a different path. For example, one pilot community hosts a small private college is working to bridge the gap between the students and the community through new activities and improved communication methods. Another place reached the realization that it was part of a mini regionof small communities that should ban together. That is now starting with an online contest to name themselves and the development of a common community calendar.

Shaun Evertson, the Steering Committee Chair for the Kimball (Neb.) Recruitment Coalition originally thought this would be like many other efforts he had seen over two decades – start strong but quickly fizzle out. He soon realized this was different: “In a nutshell, the program led our Kimball participants to a place where they could agree on a single, generalized goal that of marketing our community to newcomers. With that goal as an accepted measuring stick, sorting ideas and prioritizing projects became far simpler. Being able to ask “how does this help market the community to newcomers?” made it much easier to keep an eye on the prize and not get bogged down in minutia.”

Marketing Hometown America places the creation of a marketing plan in the hands of the community who knows its assets the best. It allows this to be done in an informed way and at an affordable price. It moves marketing a community away from a standardized approach and makes it unique for each community by requiring the participants to identify the assets that are around them. This empowers the community to work together toward their desired. This moved people from bridging social capital through transformational social capital, to bonding social capital where action occurs.

The team was led by Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel at UNL, Kathy Tweeten at NDSU, and David P. Olson at SDSU. A discussion guide to aid communities was written by Jodi Bruns of NDSU, Kari O’Neill and Peggy Schlechter of SDSU and Burkhart-Krissel of UNL. It was done in conjunction with Everyday Democracy, an East Hartford, Conn.-based organization which provides tools for positive community change and utilized its study circle program model. Reviewers of the guide were Randy Cantrell at UNL, Tweeten at NDSU, and the Hot Springs, S.D. community team.

Others involved from the three universities include Nancy Hodur, Sharon Smith, and Helen Volk-Schill of NDSU; Kenneth Sherin at SDSU; and Anita Hall, Connie Hancock, Charlotte Narjes, Rebecca Vogt, and Becky Brown at  UNL. Also working on the project were David Peters of Iowa State University and community members Becky Bown and Tyler Demars of North Dakota and Irene Fletcher of Nebraska.

This program also received the Excellence in Teamwork Award from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.

The photo shows members of the Marketing Hometown America team being presented the award by CDS President Bo Beaulieu. 

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