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Online Course Explores Community Systems

Sustainable Communities:  Online course explores community systems

As communities struggle with increasingly complex social, economic and environmental issues related to sustainability they need the expertise of community development professionals now more than ever. Whether your expertise is in agriculture, natural resources, youth, family or economic development you will be asked to help guide a stakeholder group through a difficult decision making process.  The Foundations of Practice course, Sustainable Communities, offers you the tools, skills and knowledge to be the trusted resource community groups need in the emerging dialogs around local foods, energy and natural resources.

Successful community sustainability initiatives rely on understanding systems thinking, sustainability models and the needs and conditions in your town, county, state or region. Tapping into a long legacy of one of the country's most respected organizations, this training, brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and the Regional Rural Development Centers, provides the background, resources and strategies to support your work in communities.

Best of all, this program comes directly to you! Each week via Zoom, an Extension Specialist will deliver world-class training to you in your office, conference room or even home.  Discussions and supplemental resources will be supported using a course website.

The eight-week series begins February 2, 2017. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on timely topics including Energy, Local Foods, Built Environments, Mobility and Natural Resources. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants can log in at their convenience to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.

Sustainable Communities is an offering of the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals who regularly work with community groups in any subject area and have a basic understanding of community development principles.  If you find yourself called upon to facilitate community-based initiatives, or you just want to better understand how communities function, this course is for you!

Registration is $125 per person. Register before January 27 and save $25. Registration forms and payment information is available at To learn more about the Sustainable Communities class visit our webpage.

Foundations of Practice is sponsored by the Regional Rural Development Centers in partnership with your Land Grant University network.  The course content was created by the eXtension Land Use Planning Community of Practice, Task Force for Sustainable Communities, with grant support from the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.


Mary Peabody
UVM Extension, Community & Economic Development
23 Mansfield Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401-3323

Phone: 802-656-7232
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Community Development Data Viz - January 2017

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Call for Applicants for this year’s CDS Scholarships – Closes February 24th

It’s that time again! CDS Scholarships are back. We will be taking applications via our Google form like we did last year. Access the online scholarship application ( and take 15 to 20 minutes to complete the required information. The forms are tailored to each scholarship you select making it easier for us to track and ensure form completion.

Information regarding each scholarship is found on the Google form, and updated information will be on our website shortly; however, the same scholarships are being offered as last year (2016). Updated information regarding the CDS Awards will be posted in the coming weeks as well. 

For your convenience, the scholarship committees will do the work of soliciting the resumes, CVs, or biosketches and letters of support. All you have to do is provide us with emails to help you complete your application or nomination, but it is always great if you take the initiative to submit them first. This way we can ensure that all applications are completed in full before our reviews.

CDS scholarships are amazing ways to showcase our new and seasoned community development researchers, practitioners, students, and friends alike. It is a must that we receive as many applications and nominations as possible. Self-nominations are welcome in many areas as well.

Please direct any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you!

CDS Scholarships Committee

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CDS Presidential Update - Reflections on Sustainability

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice Holiday Season, enjoyed some quality time, rest, peace, family, friends, and joys of the season! I was able to take time to reflect with family and friends in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon and recently compiled a "reflection on sustainability" with things we can do related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (17): 1 – No Poverty. How do we actually shift wealth and resources to go toward supporting the end of poverty? Let’s start with sharing. Since the election in the U.S. friends and colleagues are encouraging donations to organizations who are actively working on alleviating poverty through education, programs and services which empower disadvantaged people, and civil rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center is an example. Check out advocacy groups in your area, get informed and engage. 2 – Zero Hunger. Donate to food shelters, participate in can drives (donating food to organizations), contribute to disaster relief efforts, and depending on your way of life, contribute through churches, special drives, and “Holiday giving” are all ways to alleviate hunger. Monitor consumption, recycle, and support businesses which promote reuse, recycling, and utilize food waste. 3 – Good Health and Well Being. At the CDS IACD conference we had several sessions on “Community Well Being” which were inspiring for our work an lives. Find ways to create space for nurturing beyond your “normal” conditioned space. Be kind and good to one another. It can go along way to making you, those you associate with, and possibly others, better than worse. 4 – Quality Education. To me education means supporting the intellectual, physical, and emotional development of people to pursue, develop, and master their passions, knowledge, and abilities to improve their lives, and society (bonus). It also means cultivating quality educators to guide young people, communities, and each other for better understanding, economic opportunity, and civil society. Educate yourself about current events, share information, and engage in thoughtful dialogue. 5 – Gender Equality. In college, I took a women's studies course and learned about “theories of difference” which described the cycles of oppression through identification of groups—gender, race, class, age. This course changed my life by highlighting how we selectively oppress people by "difference" and how change involves looking beyond discrimination of just one group. 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation. This goal is particularly relevant to my work with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) around sustainable infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water is a luxury for most people in the world which many of us take for granted. Communities face challenges with keeping up with costs to manage infrastructure systems and have limited capacity to develop and finance projects. Globally we need more investment in basic infrastructure. Water is life. 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy. If we are going to be sustainable with energy, we must radically shift the way we live, from extraction of resources, production of electricity, distribution infrastructure, and consumption. Conservation is another policy tool to help reduce consumption of energy. Our dependence on fossil fuels is not sustainable. It creates acute pollution, if not global warming. Drive less, ride a bicycle, turn off the lights, turn down the heat, use energy efficient appliances, take action. 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth. The traditional form of economic development has been the industrial recruitment model. Build it, and they will come. The majority of businesses are “small businesses” of 150 or less people. A large industry moving in to save the town is not always sustainable for a community. Local business and local work builds community. 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. The CDS IACD Annual International Conference 2016 had sessions involving innovation and the “community capitals” framework with eight (8) community capitals/values of wealth including intellectual, individual, social, cultural, natural, built, financial, and political. Business as usual is not sustainable--building local wealth is. 10 – Reduced Inequalities. See “gender equality” and discussion regarding “theories of difference”. 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. My home state of Oregon was the first state in the U.S. to enact a bottle bill for recycling, and land use laws to govern “wise development” in the 1970’s under Governor Tom McCall, a Republican. Unfortunately the discovery of Portland is bringing growth pressure, increased housing costs, and homelessness. Sustainable cities means more than smart growth, it means re-evaluating goals and engaging community, to develop local solutions. 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production. Think locally, act globally. Responsible consumption involves understanding where products are made, how they are made, how they are distributed, and how they impact health, environment, and economy. Educate yourself about the products you buy, compare costs of local products and tradeoffs, and maximize the value of your money in what you buy, and consume. Support local businesses, farmers markets, and be a wise shopper. 13 – Climate Action. Reduce dependence on fossil fuel, walk, ride a bike, take mass transit, reduce waste, reuse, recycle, grow food, reduce dependency on products which require transportation (and use of fossil fuel and energy), reduce energy use particularly at peak times, get off the grid, and if you get on the grid consider how you use energy and save, get a solar retrofit, ride share, educate others about the science behind climate change more than ever because policy priorities are shifting. 14 – Life Below Water. Our oceans are the reservoirs of life, and they are being destroyed. Signs of plankton decline, coral as living rock protecting shores dying off, coagulating masses of plastic “film” never before recorded in vast areas of our oceans, mammals dying from plastics and management practices in oceans, are all red alert alarms we need to be paying attention to—not to mention rising sea levels due to GLOBAL WARMING. Islands in the South Pacific are dealing with this as the water literally is rising and covering areas formally above sea level. 15 – Life on Land. The world lands continue to face increased deforestation, species extinction, effects from intensifying storms causing greater disasters. How can governments continue to fund disaster relief? How can governments, and people, be more proactive about mitigating consequences of disasters? How can we protect the environment and consume what we need, not just want? We must have land, and we must have water. 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. One of my New Year's Resolutions is "seek peace where possible". Peace means we must understand differences and find ways to deal with them constructively, productively, and if possible compassionately. Be an ambassador of peace, learn about mindful awareness, and meditation. Breathe. 17 – Partnership for the Goals. We are all in this together. We cannot sustain one self alone. That is the same with organizations and agencies. While we all have self-interest, individual missions, and different, distinct programs, and motivations, everything is related which is a fundamental mindset we need to embrace for a truly sustainable world. Remember to make plans to attend the Community Development Society (CDS) and National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) in Big Sky, Montana June 11th - 14th. Happy New Year 2017! Make it one for the ages. Chris Marko CDS President
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CDS Has Openings for 3 Board Members, 2 Officers

The Community Development Society is seeking nominations to fill three open seats on the Board of Directors and nominations for Treasurer and Secretary of the Board.

All five of these positions are for a 3-year term that will begin at our Annual Conference June 11-14 in Big Sky, Montana. The full Board of Directors meets by telephone in January, March, May, July, September and November. There are two face-to-face meetings per year - one at the beginning and end of the conference and once during the fall at the conference site location of the next Annual Conference. The Executive Committee meets by telephone in February, April, June, August, October and December (nonf ful-board meeting months) and intermittently as needed to conduct the business of the organizaton. Board members also take leadership of one subcommittee on topics that range from awards, conference site selection, international CDS, nominations, membership and marketing, finance, and communications/publications.

The Treasurer position maintains financial records, prepares monthly financial statements, prepares the annual budget, tracks revenue and expenses, and coordinates with the Finance Committee. The Secretary position maintains Minutes of all full board and Executive Committee meetings.

Active participation on the CDS Board of Directors is a way to engage more fully with the work of the organization while enhancing your own personal network of connections within the Community Development field.

To submit a nomination (self-nominations are highly encouraged) please contact K.P. Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for nominations will be Friday, February 17, 2017. Watch for an email blast from the CDS office with the link to the nomination form.

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Seeking Proposals to Host 2018 CDS Conference

Would you like to have the CDS conference in your community? The Community Development Society is currently seeking proposals to host the 2018 CDS conference. For more information go the the RFP at:

The deadline is February 10th so check it out soon!

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Pre-Conference and Ignite Sessions Due January 15th

We are extremely excited for the upcoming June, 2017 joint conference, “Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together” in Big Sky, MT. We are elated to say that we received over 250 proposals for conference sessions and posters!

As we look ahead, we are seeking proposals for both our pre-conference workshops and Ignite sessions.

Pre-conference Workshops: On Sunday June 11, 2017 - we will be hosting 4-6 pre-conference workshops. Each workshop will be scheduled for a half day or a full day (2.5 hours or 5 hours). Pre-conference workshops should be highly engaging and can cover a variety of topics related to the Field of Community Development.

Ignite Sessions: On Wednesday June 14, 2017 – we will be highlighting Ignite sessions. An Ignite session is a method of sharing an inspiring and exciting story in 5 minutes using 20 Power Point slides, advancing automatically every 15 seconds. This is a great opportunity to share a story about a successful project, a rewarding initiative, changes that are happening because of your work. Show us what are you doing that is building a future for your community. What “Bold Partnerships” have you established? The audience will be voting for the People’s Choice award during the session. For more information regarding Ignite formatting please click below: 

For more information and submission guidelines go to:


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CDS Connect to Feature 2016 Conference Presentations

Each of the presentations from the 2016 CDS/IACD conference will be featured on CDS Connect. This will allow us to get familiar with the work that our members have been engaging in and share our perspectives on that work and its implications for community development practice and research. Starting on November 28th, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except on holidays) between now and the CDS/NACDEP conference this coming June at Big Sky Montana, a presentation from the CDS/IACD conference will be posted to the CDS interest group most relevant to that topic with one or two questions to stimulate discussion about that the presentation. Take some time to log in to CDS Connect using your member login and take a look at the presentations as they are being posted, share your perspectives and engage with your colleagues around the topics you have a passion for. CDS Connect is a social media tool on the CDS website that facilitates the interaction of CDS members and provides a place to share resources and ideas on the research and practice of community development. There are more than a dozen interest groups that you can explore. The presentations will be featured within the interest groups that best represents that work. To access CDS Connect login to the member side of the CDS website and select CDS Connect from the menu.
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Community Development Data Viz November 2016

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What's New from the President

CDS Presidential Update, Hello fellow Community Development friends and colleagues. First of all I want to wish all of you safety, support, and hope in addressing challenges with our political divisions, not just in the United States of America (USA), but all over the world. The election in the U.S. proved anything can happen, and I encourage you to consider this lesson for better and worse (no matter which "side" you are on). Often the greatest challenges bring the greatest opportunities, so let us all seek better understanding, good information for educational purposes, create space for non threatening dialogue and actions, and focus on developing the best of ourselves, and each other, as possible. Let us continue to develop, nurture, and strengthen the spirit of community in our lives and work as community developers working for social betterment. The Community Development Society (CDS) is a great home for us to share our passion, intellect, and creativity for a better world, and our principles of good practice and values of inclusivity, engagement, and diversity are key ingredients in civil society. The Community Development Society (CDS) and National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) International Conference in Big Sky Montana July 11 - 14, 2017; Big Skies, Bold Partnerships; Moving Mountains Together should prove to be a great opportunity to highlight, develop, and strengthen relationships in community development. Now more than ever we need to keep our networks strong and resilient in the face of uncertainty. Please consider participating in this important conference. As a reminder, CDS and NACDP are accepting proposals for the conference. See the CDS website for details and guidelines: The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, November 18th, 2016. For more information on the conference, please contact Bryan Haines, CDS Vice President of Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While you are visiting the CDS website please check out some new updates. We are working to increase networking opportunities, information sharing, encourage people to share their work, and engage in dialogue with our rich network of community developers worldwide. Check out "Networking", "CDS Discuss" where people talk about topics of interest. Contribute to the dialogue! Start a discussion! We are developing "CDS Connect" to encourage networking and opportunities to share information about our field, including resources. Also presentations will be available from the Community Development Society (CDS) and International Association for Community Development (IACD) Conference July 24 - 27, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota on Sustaining Community Change; Building Local Capacity to Sustain Community Development Initiatives. As mentioned our next conference is in Big Sky, Montana July 11 - 14, 2017 in partnership with the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). Also, we are looking for a host for the CDS Annual International Conference in 2018 and are soliciting proposals. If you are interested in hosting our CDS Annual International Conference in 2018 please contact Cindy Banyai, CDS Vice President of Operations, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In closing, I want to direct you to an article in the Vanguard by CDS Board Member, Craig Talmage, and further encourage you to showcase research and practice and writing articles on community development. CDS continues to increase activity on many fronts, and there is no better time to find places, and people, to share perspectives with in a civil, compassionate, and constructive way. If you have not renewed your membership, or are currently not a member, please join. Thank you and keep up the great work! Sincerely, Chris Marko CDS President

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Big Ideas for Innovative Practice Need to be Shared

As is well-known in community development practice, there are forces that keep unjust equilibriums in balance and others that disrupt or mend those unjust equilibriums. Innovation and entrepreneurship theorists like Joseph Schumpeter referred to such disruption as creative destruction resulting from the novel intuitions and new combinations made by changemakers in society. These changemakers often go about inspiring equilibrium shifts without many traditional resources (i.e., money from personal capital or government funding) to utilize. They strive to be alert to understand the world, envision a better future, build models for innovative change, and then scale that change to improve the world.

Many of you out there are forging that innovative change in your communities. Those innovative practices need to be shared broadly, so that others may learn from your ventures and ‘good work.’ One of the ways to share broadly is Community Development Practice, the online, peer-reviewed practice journal of the Community Development Society. We do take manuscripts throughout the year. Our newest issue is available online now:

As you get ready in the future to submit a manuscript, our guidelines for manuscripts can be found on our website: Our editorial team is glad to coach you as well as you develop your manuscript to increase your chances of receiving a positive review. Let us know how we can support you and help with the coalescence of a manuscript, so that your work may be shared across our communities of practice.

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Community Development and Peacekeeping Circles

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a Tier 1 Peacekeeping Circles training, a practice rooted in restorative justice, under the facilitation of Kay Pranis. The training brought together students from Chapman University’s Master’s in Leadership Development and Ph.D. in Education programs who are committed to creating more democratic and socially just schools, organizations, and communities. During the weekend-long training, we learned the history of restorative practices, skills for convening and facilitating circles, and reflected on the ways in which we could incorporate circles in our work moving forward.

Circles, as practiced in Native American cultures of the United States and Canada, can serve a variety of purposes for talking and/or problem solving. In increasing level of complexity, circles can be used for celebration, learning, community building, healing, support, reintegration, decision-making, conflict, and sentencing. Regardless of the reason for convening a circle, there is great potential for establishing, strengthening, and healing the community within the circle with lasting and rippling effects throughout other interconnected and intersecting communities.

The process of circle allows everyone to have a voice, something we as community development practitioners and scholars should all appreciate and strive for. Circles ensure that we are all able to contribute our unique and valuable wisdom and to speak our own truths. The truths and collective wisdom built in circle are meant to move the group forward toward shared goals and more desirable futures – whether this means healing harms done to others or the community, addressing underlying issues in the group or community, or finding consensus on development initiatives.

Based on values identified by the group, circles have great potential to improve the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health of those involved. Throughout the training I reflected on the ways I have inadvertently incorporated some of the practices of peacekeeping circles in my work and ways I can more fully incorporate these practices in the future. How might integrating peacekeeping circles in your schools, organizations, and communities move you forward in achieving more desirable futures? For more information on circles and restorative justice, visit the nonprofit publishing company Living Justice Press.

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CDS President's Message October, 2016

Greetings all. My message this month focuses on important ongoing business of the Community Development Society (CDS). We continue working with the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) on our joint conference in Big Sky, Montana June 11 – 14, 2017. The event will focus on partnerships and we are planning for engaging speakers, a robust and diverse array of presentations and sessions, and of course fun in a great atmosphere. The Call for Abstracts will be available soon so please keep your eye out on the CDS website For more information about conference planning, and to get involved, please contact Bryan Hains, CDS Vice President of Programs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CDS is also looking ahead to plan our CDS Annual International Conference in 2018. We will be soliciting proposals from interested parties to hold this conference. For more information about the CDS Annual International Conference 2018 please contact Cindy Banyai, CDS Vice President of Operations, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Another important aspect of CDS business we are focusing on is membership. If you have been a member and have not yet renewed, please do so by going to our website If you have not been a member and are interested, please join CDS. As an individual community developer I can say this is the most diverse, passionate, and engaging group I belong to, and encourage you to join. We offer opportunities for publication, professional development, and leadership by serving on Committees, and the Board—and the CDS NACDEP Conference in Montana June 11 - 14, 2017! Please make sure to renew your membership, or join as a new member of CDS today. As we head into the fall season please take care when traveling to communities, work, and home. Please remember to show appreciation, and thank you for all you do. Sincerely, Chris Marko CDS President
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Community Development Data Viz October 2016

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Apology from Vanguard Editor

As you may have noticed, this run of Vanguard is a little later than usual. As editor, I would like to apologize for the delay in bringing you the community development news you come to rely on. I, like my fellow Community Development Society Board members, am a volunteer for our organization. As such, sometimes, professional obligations take predecence over volunteer responsibilities. I found myself in such a circumstance over the past few weeks and it resulted in this delay. I apologize for this once again and re-commit to you that Vanguard will resume its regular publication around the 15th of the month come October. Thanks for your understanding and being such an outstanding group of community developers!!

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Community Development Data Viz September 2016

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President's Update - Up next, Big Sky!

By Chris Marko

The Community Development Society (CDS) Board met September 9th- 10th in Big Sky, Montana—the site for our next conference with the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).  The CDS Board met jointly with the NACDEP Board to tour the venue, facilities, and plan logistics for the conference, and develop common goals and expectations for the conference—I can tell you it is truly and wonderful place with mountainous inspiration all around.  Rumor has it that some CDS and NACDEP folks got involved with some wrangling on site.  One of the common goals of both Boards is to have fun so get ready for another great, educational, and fun conference in Montana!  The dates are June 11th – 14, 2017 so mark your calendars and plan ahead.  Vacation packages are available at Big Sky so bring your family, friends, and explore what the local area has to offer—Yellowstone National Park is less than two hours from the Bozeman airport.  The CDS NACDEP Conference 2017 theme is Big Skies, Bold Partnerships continuing CDS’ tradition of collaboration and strengthening partnerships with groups and people involved with community development.  At the CDS Board meeting we accomplished two items which build on our partnership with the International Association for Community Development (IACD) who we conducted our joint International Conference in Minnesota in July, 2016 on Sustaining Community Change.  The CDS Board voted to adopt the newly created definition of Community Development by IACD:   “Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings".   We believe it is important to promote representation of community development with common terms and will welcome further discussion about community development, as we have and will continue to do as community developers this year, and at the upcoming CDS NACDEP Conference June 11 – 14 2017 in Big Sky!  The CDS Board also plans to partner with IACD on conferences every fourth year which will strengthen the breadth of our organizations globally.  Similarly CDS intends to develop opportunities with NACDEP regarding leadership, economic development, and education through our conference and partnership.  CDS Board members had the pleasure of visiting with Montana State University Extension staff to discuss what we do in community development.  Stay tuned for our Call for Abstracts which will be issued earlier this year as we will be having our conference earlier in the summer than we have traditionally held our conference (late July) next year.  We encourage you to consider submitting an abstract, welcome and invite your participation in the conference, and as always encourage you to participate on Committees and organizational development for CDS.   As outlined at the CDS IACD Conference my focus as President involves cultivating new leadership for CDS, sustaining change and building on sustainability themes, and continuing to continue improving organizational processes and consistency for the future of CDS.  We also welcome articles for publication in our Journal of Community Development, and CD Practice.  For more information about the conference feel free to contact Bryan Hains, Vice President of Programs and the newly formed Conference Planning Committee Bryan Hains, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for information CDS operations and Vanguard feel free to contact Cindy Banyai, Vice President of Operations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and for anything to do with CDS feel free to get in touch yours truly, Chris Marko, CDS President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I appreciate what you do in community development.  Keep up the great work!

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Hometown Pride is Good for Business in McComb, Ohio

Business is picking up in the northwest Ohio town of McComb (pop. 1,600). From a car dealer to a carpet store, merchants are feeling optimistic and opening shops.  In one month’s time eight ribbon cuttings have happened. 

When has there been so much activity in this small town? There hasn’t, at least not in the past six decades.

“There hasn’t been anything happening downtown, because, as long as I can remember, it was a furniture store. When the furniture store went out, downtown was devastated,” said Joe Wasson, whose family owned Bennett’s Furniture Town. 

In 2013, Bennett’s closed. That left 50,000 square feet of retail space in 16 buildings vacant, right downtown. Since then Wasson has been among those working to help write McComb’s next chapter. Wasson has been involved in economic development efforts and is project coordinator for a Community Heart & Soul™ project that kicked off a year ago.

Community Heart & Soul is a community development method pioneered by the Orton Family Foundation. The project is a partnership with The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.  

In June, three ribbon cuttings were held:  Select Auto Group at the edge of downtown; Northwestern Water and Sewer District Water Shed, a place for people to fill jugs with drinking water;  and  Great Scot storage facility behind the Great Scot supermarket.

A few weeks later ribbons were cut at Siferd’s Carpet, which moved back into a space it occupied about six years earlier; Bread & Butter Antiques, celebrating  renovations after a storm damaged its building; McComb Emporium, a group-owned antique and vintage goods store; Kayro’s Fine Art, an art studio where classes are also held; and Tees, Tees and More, a custom embroidery and retail shop. 

Holly Hanken, owner of Tees, Tees and More in downtown, felt like the timing was right to start her business. She sensed good things happening around the Heart & Soul project and decided to take the plunge. So far, business is going better than she projected and she’s excited to be getting work locally and from out of town.

“It’s a good time for McComb. McComb is moving into its next phase of life cycle, definitely in a positive way,” Hanken said.

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It’s hard to say what factor or factors are contributing to McComb’s momentum, Wasson said. But McComb Region Heart & Soul, which is still underway, has helped foster a sense that local residents can steer change and that’s helped make people feel optimistic about the future.

“There’s a new sense of pride here in town. I can see that as I walk down any street. People are taking care of their yards a little better. It’s a whole sense of community,” Wasson said. “Heart and Soul’s been a big part of that. Would it have happened without Heart and Soul? I don’t know what path we’d be on, but it’s a byproduct of seeing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, that things are happening, and that we are in control of what happens to us.”

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International Case Studies: New Resource on Website

If you have visited the website in recent weeks you have probably noticed that there have been a number of changes to the look, feel and operation of the website. The “member only” section has been total revamped and the home page has a new look. In addition, a new resource has been added to the website called “Case Studies.” You’ll find it under the professional development tab on the home page of the website. This is a resource that has been developed by the international committee under the leadership of Jim Cavaye and Gary Goreham. The goal is to highlight the good community development work happening around the world. So far, five case studies have been published with more on the way. Each one includes a short description of the project and some photos to provide a little context. Take a look and see what you think. If you have a case study you would like to share simply write up a short description of your case study (half page is fine), add a couple of photos and/or a short video clip and send it to Gary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and/or Jim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). They will make sure your story is told and becomes a resource for all of us to learn from.
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CDS Awards and Recognition Committee, Scholarship Committee – July 2016 Report

By Craig Talmage


CDS Awards, Scholarships, and Banquet This Year (2016)

Plan and Program

This year’s banquet begins at 6:30pm. Gisele (and Charlie?) will welcome guests to the Banquet. Salads will be on the table, and dinner will be served shortly thereafter. At 7:10pm. Gisele (and Charlie?) will recognize Past Presidents of CDS (and IACD?). At 7:15pm, the awards banquet will begin. Six awards (five from CDS; one from IACD) and six scholarships (all from CDS) will be recognized (all listed below). Participants have been asked ahead of time if they would like to make any remarks, and have asked to make any remarks brief. All emcees/speakers will have a script. Participants will have programs available at their tables, and a rolling slideshow of winners will be shown. At 8:00pm, the live auction will begin.


·         Ted Bradshaw Outstanding Research – David Campbell, University of California-Davis

·         Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award – Neil Linscheid, University of Minnesota Extension

·         Innovative Program Award – Strengthening Skills for Leading Others Program of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)

·         Outstanding Program Award – The Futures Program from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality

·         Friend of Community Development Award – Gavin Rennie, Unitec

·         IACD Global Ambassador Award* - Randy Adams, Vice President of IACD, past President of CDS, and former Executive Director of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) in the U.S. *This award will be given out by IACD, not CDS. The President of IACD will present the award.  


·         CD Scholarship Fund ($1000) - Renee Reed Miller

·         CD Scholarship Fund ($1000)  - Toyin Kolawole

·         George Nickolaus CD Graduate Student Award Fund ($1000)  - Richard Loughery*
Richard will not be present to receive the award. He has been asked to send remarks.

·         Nette Nelson Travel Fund ($2000) - Sharad Sharma

·         Ted Bradshaw Fund to Support Student Engagement in CDS ($1000): Travel Scholarship - Bidita Jawher Tithi

·         Ted Bradshaw Fund to Support Student Engagement in CDS ($1000): Community-Based Research Scholarship - Annie Li


CDS Awards Status and Submissions by Year

The table below shows the number of (qualified) applications received each year for the past 7 years.









Gibson (DSA)








Bradshaw  (Research)








Littrell (New Professional)








CD Achievement








Outstanding Program








Innovative Program








Current Research








Friend of CDS








Student Award









Total Entries






















Dual Entry











Net Entries









·         2013 Carryover – Littrell New Professional, Outstanding Program

·         2014 Carryover – CD Achievement (2)

·         2015 Carryover – Littrell New Professional, Outstanding Program

·         2016 Dual Entry – Innovative Program and Outstanding Program (2)


The number of award entries (both Total and Net) have been relatively stable since 2013.  This represents a rebound from low years in 2011 (especially) and 2012. 


The category that has been the most popular over the period examined has been “Innovative Program.”   It has received multiple entries except for the 2011 (which was the nadir for awards submissions).   The next two most popular award categories have been Community Development Achievement and Outstanding Program. 


The number of submissions for each, however, has been boosted since by the carryover of applications (2013-2015) and the acceptance of applications for both programming categories (2016).


Related to that, Community Development Achievement is the one category has had at least one submission during the period examined – although resubmissions kept that streak alive in 2014.

Three awards have had averaged less than one submission per year for the time period examined – the Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award, the Student Recognition Award, and the Current Research Award.  

CDS Awards and Scholarships Possible Changes for Discussion


·         Increase publicity on all the awards and scholarships – especially the larger named awards

o   Continue to utilize current means

o   Have an even stronger social media push

o   Ensure part of application/renewal packet

o   Need to consider more grassroots ways of soliciting from all institutions/groups represented among CDS

o   Survey our membership regarding their perceptions of our awards and scholarships

·         Ramp up encouragement of awards and scholarships nominations

o   From board members

o   From committee chairs

o   From moderators and presenters and conference

o   Through the journals

·         Create a new teaching/education based award or transform another award to be specifically teaching/education focused

o   No current teaching-focused award

o   Need to consider possible bias towards activity in awards recipients

§  Are we biased in selection?

§  Are we biased in our solicitation?

·         Outstanding Program and Innovative Program into Program of Merit

o   Recognize multiple entries

o   Moving in that direction with multiple entries

·         Consider dropping or combining awards that receive few entries each year

o   This likely isn’t a great option, but it is worth putting on the table

§  Non-named awards such as the current research award and student recognition award do not receive many nominations each year.

·         Discuss and address whether the student recognition award should come with a stipend

o   Should the award be considered a scholarship

·         Allow more flexibility on number of program awards that can be given out each year

o   Currently some are limited and some are not

o   Limits make sense on special honors, less so on program awards

CDS Awards and Scholarships Leadership Transitions (2016-2017)


·         Michael Dougherty and Craig Talmage will remain as co-chairs. Sheri Smith will remain on the committee. We will be looking for at least two additional members for next year.


·         Jane Leonard has agreed to chair the scholarships committee. She will be recruiting additional members for the committee. If necessary, Craig Talmage will serve as a member of the committee, but his primarily role will be to help maintain and run the online application process.

Looking to Joint CDS NACDEP Conference in 2017

Michael Dougherty is the chair of the NACDEP Recognition Committee and has been in contact with that organization’s board regarding awards next year. A joint banquet and awards ceremony seems appropriate. We have suggested that a back and forth / alternating model would suit the ceremony well. For example, we would give out one award, and then NACDEP will give out an award. A combined script would be developed to ensure things run smoothly. A joint ceremony seems fitting when looking at extension winners of CDS Awards over the past 7 years.

Extension Winners of CDS Awards Since 2010

CD Achievement (2 of 6 awards)

·         Sharon Gulick, University of Missouri Extension (2015)

·         Mark Peterson, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (2011)

Current Research (3 of 6 awards)

·         University of Minnesota Extension Community Economics Team (2015)

·         Dave Ivan, Michigan State University Extension (2012)

·         Steve Jeanetta, University of Missouri Extension (2012)

Littrell New Professional Award (2 of 7 awards)

·         Neil Linschied, University of Minnesota Extension (2016)

·         Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University Extension (2011)

Gibson DSA (2 of 4 awards)

·         Mary Emery, South Dakota State University (2012)

·         Ron Hustedde, University of Kentucky (2010)

Friend of CDS (0 of 6 awards) and Student Recognition (0 of 3)


Innovative Program Award (6 of 7 awards)

·         Strengthening Skills for Leading Others Program, CEDIK, University of Kentucky (2016)

·         Community Arts Program, University of Missouri Extension (2014)

·         Marketing Hometown America, UNL, NDSU and SDSU Extension (2014)

·         Great Community Book Read Program, South Dakota State University (2013)

·         Healthy Econsystems, Healthy Communities – Kansas PRIDE (2012)

·         Latino Farmers and Local Multicultural Food and Marketing Systems, Iowa State (2010)

Outstanding Program Award (3 of 5 awards)

·         The Futures Program, UMN Extension Center for Community Vitality (2016)

·         Stronger Economies Together, SEDC (2013)

·         Saving Our Grocery Stores, Saving Our Communities: K-State’s Rural Grocery Initiative (2010)

Bradshaw Research (1 of 3)

·         David Campbell, University of California (2016)

Submitted by Awards and Recognition Committee:

Michael Dougherty, CDS Awards and Recognition Co-Chair

Craig Talmage, CDS Awards and Recognition Co-Chair

Sheri Smith, CDS Awards and Recognition Committee Member


Submitted by Scholarship Committee:

Craig Talmage, CDS Scholarship Committee Member

Kurt Mantoya, CDS Scholarship Committee Member


Jane Leonard, CDS Scholarship Committee Chair

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