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Community Development Data Viz - April 2016

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President's Update

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 Joint Community Development Society and International Association for Community Development Conference to be held July 23-27, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA is only four months away.  Approximately 220 abstracts were submitted this year, and notifications to presenters are slated to be distributed this week. Conference registration is also scheduled to be available on the CDS website within the week. The Program Planning and Local Host Committees are working to ensure that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are woven throughout the conference. Seven engaging mobile learning workshops have been coordinated by the Local Host Committee and a number of pre-conference workshops have been confirmed.

Thank you to all of our members who took the time to vote in the CDS Board elections and/or submitted a scholarship or award nomination this year. Your participation in processes such as these is an important responsibility you hold as a member of CDS.

Gisele Hamm, President


Community Development Society International

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So you want to be in Vanguard?

Vanguard is here for you! That's right, you, the members of the Community Development Society. This publication is your regular update to what is happening within in our organization (like conference deadlines and election information) and what is happening more broadly in our shared community of practice (position announcements, publications). However, this publication can only serve you, if YOU share with us these important pieces of information. 

So, you want your information in Vanguard? Here are some tips to make sure your article, posting, or announcement get in!

  1. Post to the CDS Blog - As a CDS member you can post any piece of information related to your work on our blog. This includes job openings, new placements in your organization, new publications you've released, other conferences you are involved with, musings on your areas of practice -- really pretty much anything! Use this space to connect with your fellow members. As Vanguard Editor, this is my first stop for content.
  2. Contribute to CDS Connect - Like the CDS Blog, this is your place to share and share alike -- it's a membership benefit, take advantage! Join an affinity group discussion and  post job vacancies, and don't forget to complete your profile so you can continue to connect with like-minded professionals. This is another place I can easily source content for Vanguard.
  3. Post to the Community Development Society Facebook Page or Group - This is an especially great place to share interesting articles and resources, as well as photos, videos, and related memes. I often check here to source material the section CD Resources.
  4. Tag @CommDevSoc on Twitter - Like our Facebook pages, I check here CD Resources. 
  5. DO post yourself - If you have an important announcement to share, please post it in one of these easy -to-find locations. Emailing pdfs or other documents to myself the CDS office makes putting together the Vanguard challenging and all too easy for us to miss YOUR very important message.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Vanguard and I really look forward to hearing from even more of you and being there to share your message.

Feel free to reach out, I'm listening.


Cindy Banyai

Editor, Vanguard 

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President's Update

This morning I had the opportunity to do my civic duty and vote in the US Presidential Primary Election.  As a member of the Community Development Society, you also have a duty to vote for your Society’s leadership. While certainly not as important as a country’s presidential election, the CDS election process is key to ensuring we have an effective board of directors that represents our membership.  On February 29th, CDS members received an email, “2016 CDS Annual Election Information” which provided voting instructions for the annual board election. If you have not yet voted and misplaced or deleted the email, please watch your email inbox for a followup reminder email and take a few moments to vote. We are fortunate to have an excellent slate of candidates to choose from. The deadline to cast your vote is May 1st!

Another important deadline is for the CDS 2016 Awards and Scholarships. Nominations and applications are due March 31st, and information and forms can be found on the CDS website.  If you have any questions about the categories or application process, please contact Craig Talmage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


It’s exciting to see the plans unfold for the 2016 Joint International Conference of the Community Development Society and International Association for Community Development to be held July 24-27, 2016 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA! Both the Local Host and the Program Planning Committees are doing an excellent job of coordinating the conference program, events, and activities. Abstracts are currently out for review, and acceptance notifications are expected to be sent out within the next few weeks. Conference speakers, mobile learning workshops, and other conference highlights are being confirmed, so watch the CDS website, emails and social media sites for conference updates!

Gisele Hamm


President, Community Development Society International

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Community Development Data Viz - March 2016

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President’s Update—A Time of Transition

I have never been a fan of the cold winter weather that we experience in Illinois, and I’m most certainly looking forward to the first signs of spring and the promise of renewal that the season brings. This past weekend I was in Peoria, Illinois and made a stop by the shopping mall to see if I might catch an end of season sale on winter coats. I had heard that the large anchor department store, Macy’s, was closing due to poor sales and earnings performance, which would result in not only a large, vacant space, but the loss of employment for those who worked there.  For me, this news affected me in a similar way that the arrival of winter affects me—eliciting feelings of sadness and signifying the end of a season. As I walked through the store and scanned the leftover merchandise and store fixtures, it brought back memories of shopping there with my mom and sisters, then later with my husband and children. I spoke with one of the store’s employees—a gentleman in his 70s who had worked there ever since I could remember, and who was always very helpful and professional. He mentioned that the store’s closing came as a surprise to those who worked there, and that he was now going to be depending on his Social Security and Medicare to get him by.  Like the change in seasons, transition from a once vibrant environment to a declining one can be distressing, but like the change in seasons, this transition can also bring a sense of renewed hope for what is yet to come. Community members are already brainstorming ideas for the vacant spaces such as apartments, a hotel, community college branch, business offices, a health care facility, or a business incubator. As purchasing habits change and internet shopping continues to increase, large shopping malls most likely will continue to decline in popularity.  However, with this “change in season” will come new ideas and opportunities.


It’s been a month of transition for the Community Development Society as well. Last week, we were informed by Accent on Management (AOM) (CDS’s business management office) that Karen Holt, the CDS Business Manager, was moving on and that we will be working with a new CDS Business Manager. We truly appreciate all Karen has done for CDS, and we wish her well in her next endeavor. Lisa Kirr will be our new Business Manager, and Julie White will continue to serve as the CDS Executive Assistant. Lisa comes to AOM with extensive event planning experience, in addition to having earned an MBA and developed strong communication and leadership skills. Starting this month, we are also working with a new web development company which will enable us to build on what has already been accomplished on our new website.  Another transition:  Joyce Hoelting has stepped down as editor for CD Practice after several years of excellent service in that role. Joyce’s work as editor is very much appreciated, as we know it can be challenging at times! Craig Talmage has graciously agreed to take on the role as editor, and has already shared some great ideas for how we might enhance the publication for our membership. We look forward to working with our new colleagues and appreciate your patience as we work through the transition process. 

Gisele F. Hamm, President, Community Development Society

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Community Development Data Viz February 2016

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CDS to the Voter’s Box!

By Whitney McIntyre-Miller

CDS is proud to announce that we have secured a slate of very talented and dedicated board and Vice President candidates for election this year.  These candidates are in the process of preparing their platform statements for your consideration which address each candidate’s 1) experience in community development, 2) special, unique talents they will bring to CDS, 3) current and past experiences with CDS or other professional organizations, and 4) vision and ideas for CDS.  We will be preparing the ballots, and voting for the three board members and one Vice President will commence in March.  If you have any questions about the voting process, the candidates, or nominations in general, please contact either Craig Talmage at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Whitney McIntyre Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The following individuals will be standing for the following elected positions:

 VP-           Cindy Banyai
Board-        Leanna Avery
                Jim Cavaye
                Michael Fortunato
                Kurt Mantonya
                Wilson Majee

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CDS Awards & Scholarships Made Easier: Nominate by March 31st

It’s that time again! CDS Scholarships and Awards are back with a new and improved process. It’s time for you to nominate the outstanding peers, mentors, and students in your midst for their amazing work in community development. It’s also time for you to encourage students and members alike to apply for this year’s CDS scholarships.

To submit your nomination, access the online awards nomination forms (link here) or scholarship application forms (link here) and take 15 to 20 minutes to complete the required information. The forms are tailored to each award or scholarship you select making it easier for us to track and ensure form completion.

For your convenience, the awards and 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. This way we can ensure that all applications are completed in full before our reviews.

CDS awards and 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.

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

CDS Awards and Recognition Committee
CDS Scholarships Committee

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SHELBURNE, Vt. (Feb. 11, 2016)—Orton Family Foundation Executive Director David Leckey announced the hiring of Katherine McQuade as director of marketing and communications.

McQuade’s background includes executive leadership in marketing for companies in the global tech sector and teaching organizational leadership at the university-level. 

“A proven leader with marketing savvy, we are delighted that Katherine is joining the Orton team. Her knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as we bring Community Heart & Soul™ to small towns and rural communities across the country,” Leckey said. 

McQuade joins Orton from the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she was assistant professor. In addition, she served as adjunct instructor in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. She served as director of marketing for NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, a leader in the sustainable energy industry that manufactures wind measuring devices. 

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead Orton’s marketing and communications efforts as the foundation spreads the word about its powerful and empowering, resident-driven community development method,” McQuade said.  

Her experience includes serving as marketing manager for Hypertherm, in Hanover, New Hampshire, a global leader in plasma and laser cutting systems and market development manager for Philips Medical Systems in Andover, Massachusetts. She holds a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Master of Business Administration from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and a Bachelor of Science in education from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Orton Family Foundation: With its Community Heart & Soul™ method, the Orton Family Foundation empowers people to shape the future of their communities by improving local decision-making, creating a shared sense of belonging and ultimately strengthening the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of communities. Community Heart & Soul does this by assisting the residents of small cities and towns in making plans and taking action based on what matters most to residents and upholds the unique character of each place. For more information visit

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President’s Update – Happy New Year!

The Community Development Society is off to a great start to the new year! Plans are well underway for the 2016 Joint International Conference of the Community Development Society and International Association for Community Development, which is only six months away! Over 200 abstract proposals were submitted for the conference, and the program planning committee is currently coordinating the abstract review process and organizing the program.

Nominations are currently being accepted to fill the Vice President of Operations as well as three Board of Director positions. If you have not had the opportunity to serve on the CDS Board, we strongly encourage you to consider applying, or if you know of a CDS member that might be interested, please contact Craig Talmage (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or another Board member.

Thanks to the leadership of Craig Talmage, the awards and recognition committee and the scholarship committee have been working together to streamline the application and nomination processes used by the two committees so that the submission procedures are easier for both applicants and reviewers. Calls for awards and scholarship applications/nominations will be released this month, so please watch for the announcements and plan to submit an application and/or nomination.

Have you had an opportunity to check out the CDS Affinity Groups yet? If not, I would encourage you to go to the CDS website and click on the “CDS Connect” tab at the top of the home page. The Affinity Groups offer CDS members the opportunity to network and engage in conversations related to various fields of interest/expertise. You may join as many of the groups as you wish.  If you have any questions, please contact Whitney McIntyre Miller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016!

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Community Development Data Viz January 2016

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Job Opportunity at the University of Mississippi - Cultural or Political Sociology of Europe

Assistant Professor--Cultural or Political Sociology of Europe
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( and the Croft Institute for International Studies ( invite applications for a Croft Assistant Professor of Cultural or Political Sociology with a focus on contemporary continental Europe. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 2016. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative methods skills and will be able to teach introductory and thematic courses for Sociology and European Studies and the research methods course for International Studies majors. Candidates should have an active program of scholarly research, a strong commitment to teaching and proficiency in a European language other than English. Ph.D. (or advanced ABD) in Sociology is required at the time of application. Tenure and promotion reside in Sociology and Anthropology. Teaching and service responsibilities will be divided equally between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Croft Institute.The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the BA and MA degrees in Sociology and the Croft Institute administers the major in International Studies within the College of Liberal Arts. Interested candidates should apply online at by uploading letter of application, curriculum vita, outline of current and projected research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and writing sample. Use the appropriate links to attach these materials to the on-line application. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be mailed to Sociology/Croft Search Committee Chair, c/o Department of Sociology and Anthropology, P.O. Box 1848, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677-1848. Review of applications will begin January 15th, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.
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Thank you, poster judges!


More than 30 posters were submitted for display at our CDS Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, in July. Posters were eligible for recognition in three categories, including:

Most Appealing Visually

Best Presentation of a Theme with International Significance

Best Presentation of Content

Six judges worked through the crowds to evaluate the posters identify winners in each category. Judges include Suzette Agans, Jolly Beyioku, Susan Erickson, Nora Feuquay, Neil Linsheid, and Bjorn Peterson. Thank you, judges, for your work to not only identify winners, but to provide useful feedback to all poster presenters.

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Community Development Data Viz - November 2015

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President’s Update – Reflections from the CDS Fall Board Meeting

The CDS Board members enjoyed two productive days in Bloomington, Minnesota for the annual on-site fall board meeting. As is tradition, our meeting was held at the location of our upcoming conference—the 2016 CDS/IACD Joint Conference, which provided us the opportunity to tour the conference venue, discuss details with the hotel management, and meet with the local host committee. The Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Mall of America Hotel is going to be an outstanding location for our upcoming conference, with ample meeting space, excellent food, and comfortable sleeping rooms. The local host committee is very organized and is pulling out all the stops to make our conference experience a memorable one. Several mobile learning workshops are being planned, providing a wide variety of learning experiences. Both the local and the program planning committee are working to ensure that our theme of sustainability is highlighted throughout, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a central focus.  The Call for Abstracts gives you the opportunity to propose a paper, panel, workshop, or poster around sustaining community change, so please look for the Call announcement via email and/or the CDS website and submit your proposal. Your participation is key to making the conference a valuable experience for you and other attendees.

Thank you to those of you who took the time to submit your evaluation of the 2015 Lexington conference. Your feedback provided some valuable information for us regarding what is working well as well as opportunities for improvement and enhancement. Each year, the program planning committee works diligently to provide the most valuable experience possible based on membership desires, but some suggestions or requests are just not feasible given our budget, impressive attendance numbers, and/or other constraints. However, Chris Marko, VP of Programs is working with the local and program planning committees to ensure we have additional opportunities for networking, adequate time for activities such as the poster sessions, enriching breakouts, a variety of food, among other details. The steady increase in membership and conference attendance over the past few years is due in part to the fact that the CDS conference just keeps getting better every year!

Due to the efforts and generosity of CDS leadership and membership over the past few years, CDS is in sound financial condition, which has facilitated development of the Community Development Strategic Initiatives Fund by the Finance Committee. The Strategic Initiatives Fund will give CDS the financial capacity to engage in new initiatives that will serve to broaden the scope and impact of the Society. During the most recent board meeting, we discussed possible opportunities for the future, and we look forward to sharing those developments with the membership as they evolve.

The Board is continuing to work on the process of streamlining the various committee responsibilities through a concerted effort to document tasks and provide guidance and information to newer committee members, chairs and Board officers. This will most likely take some time, but we are continuing to make impressive progress.

During last year’s fall board meeting, the board participated in a strategic planning process facilitated by Lori Garkovich. The strategic plan outlined several goals critical for the continued growth of the organization, and as community developers, we all recognize the importance of not just letting the strategic plan sit on the shelf. Thus, the Board is asking that all committees reflect upon the goals and provide an update in their committee reports at the conference business meeting regarding progress made towards the goals.

We are so fortunate to have a hardworking and committed group of individuals that make up the CDS Board of Directors. This current CDS Board truly embraces a culture of teamwork, which makes for a pleasant and effective leadership experience for all those serving. If you have not yet served on the CDS Board, we encourage you to consider it and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss it with you. Also, if you know of someone that you would recommend to serve in this capacity, we are accepting nominations. Craig Talmage is serving as our Nominations chair this year, so please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Special Issue of Community Development - BRE - Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts
Business Retention & Expansion
Special Issue of Community Development
(Journal of the Community Development Society)

Guest Editors:
Michael Darger, University of Minnesota Extension 
Brent Hales, University of Minnesota Extension
Alan Barefield, Mississippi State University 
Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) has existed as a central activity and priority for economic development practitioners for more than a generation.  A wide variety of public and private
organizations in communities, regions and states/ provinces in North America and beyond have incorporated BRE programming into their community economic development programs.  A 2009
national survey found that 62% of cities and counties were doing BRE surveys with their businesses and 82% were partnering with chambers of commerce or others on BRE (N=709).[1]

Business Retention and  Expansion International (BREI) has existed as a BRE‐specific association for over 20 years in order to promote best practices and build capacity through quality educational opportunities.  The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) also offers BRE training and finds that “business retention programs have become the most popular economic development efforts of communities nation‐wide.”[2] 
There is an opportunity to explore the collective impact of BRE and share what has been learned about this important component of community economic development.
Despite its emergence as a pre‐eminent concern for community development practitioners, relatively little has been published in recent literature.  What innovation is happening in BRE visitation
programs?  How do other data gathering methods contribute to economic developers’ understanding of the businesses and economics in their sphere of influence?  What are the results at the community,
regional and state/provincial levels?  How does BRE intersect with economic development techniques and strategies?  
Seeking to build on advances in community economic development strategies, we are soliciting abstracts for papers to be published in a special issue of Community Development in 2017. The intent of
this special issue is to provide a collection of high quality articles on various aspects of using this approach to inform and induce economic development with a goal of helping readers to learn about
innovative procedures and approaches in conducting a BRE process.  While BRE might be regarded as relatively mature with regard to a developmental continuum, both scholars and practitioners can make
significant contributions to the literature by sharing research and practices from case studies, process evaluations, larger scale studies, and analysis of benchmarked data time series.
Submission of topics and abstracts is open and topics of special interest include, but are not limited to:

--Intersection between BRE and other economic development strategies: entrepreneurship, business recruitment, technology‐intensive, creative economy, etc.
--Public policy implications of BRE from local to state/provincial scale
--Measuring BRE results: metrics and methods                                                         
--Case studies of BRE results over time
--Benchmarking BRE data for trends and program development.
--Implications of face‐to‐face visitation vs. other primary data collection methods like focus groups, electronic surveying, mixed methods, and other techniques
--Accomplishing relationship building with businesses
--Quality data collection while using technology: considerations and tradeoffs
--Innovations and evolution in data collection from secondary sources
--Moving from BRE data analysis to systemic action
--Building broad‐based partnerships for BRE
--The process of BRE in its various forms (volunteer visitor, continuous, electronic survey, etc.).  What are the implications for urban, suburban, rural, regional, and state/provincial BRE programs
--Using volunteer visitors vs. professional economic developers for BRE program implementation
--BRE training and capacity building for economic development professionals, board members and volunteer participants.
--Retaining baby boomer businesses in communities as the boomers transition to retirement
The abstracts should be written for both practitioners and academics and provide generalizable results that can contribute to the body of knowledge on Business Retention and Expansion rather than,
for example, only reporting a case study. However local experiences can document the findings or test the results. The final accepted papers will be written in a professional style including literature review,
documented outcomes and references. The emphasis should focus on the manner in which the BRE effort was applied, essential ingredients in success, what has been learned from the process, and
outcomes and impacts achieved. 
Those interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an abstract, not longer than 500 words, outlining the topics addressed, organization and/or methodologies used, and how the paper
will contribute to the BRE topic to: Michael Darger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 29, 2016.
When submitting, include BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION ABSTRACT in the memo subject line. Authors will be notified by March 1, 2016 regarding invitations to prepare a full paper.
 Final paper submission will be expected by July 15, 2016 using standard Community Development format requirements.  Papers will be submitted through the usual refereeing process.  
It is expected that a BRE track in the 2016 CDS conference will be offered and authors are encouraged to submit their paper to the conference call as well.  However, conference submission is not
required.  An invitation to prepare a full paper for the Journal does not imply invitation to a presentation opportunity at the conference, nor vice versa.  However, both the Journal and the conference are
excellent opportunities to advance knowledge on BRE.


[1] Warner, Mildred and Zheng, Lingwen (2011).  Economic Development Strategies for Recessionary Times: Survey
Results from 2009.  ICMA Municipal Year Book 2011 (Washington, D.C.: ICMA, 2011), 33‐42.

[2] Retrieved from

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Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.

September 3, 2015
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – Funeral services for Dr. Jerry W. Robinson Jr. will be at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Brookhaven, Miss., with burial at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church. Dr. Robinson, 83, passed away on Monday (Aug. 31, 2015) at his residence. He was born in Amite County, Miss., on Feb. 12, 1932, to Jerry W. Robinson and Ella Lee Robinson.
Jerry W. Robinson Jr., Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology Emeritus, Delta State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor at Houston Baptist College.
Dr. Robinson obtained a Ph.D. and M.S. in sociology from Mississippi State University, a M.R.E. and B.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in agriculture from Louisiana State University and a B.A. in sociology from Mississippi College.
Dr. Robinson worked in community development and was a member of the Community Development Society, Rural Sociology Society, Phi Kappa Phi; Editor, Community Development Journal; and played a major role in the writings of proposals for Delta State University and other community development centered organizations in the Delta.
Dr. Robinson's academic writings have been published on multiple occasions in over eight different professional journals in his field, and he has also been responsible for or involved in the publications of no less than seven other books on topics ranging from community development, stress and wellness, and child safety (Snappy the Safety Turtles). His favorite award was "person of the year" for the Mississippi Delta in 2005.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jerry W. Robinson and Ella Lee Touchstone; brother, John; and sister, Cheryl.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara Jean Byrd Robinson; and the following children, Wyatt Robinson and wife Angie of Peoria and their two children, Rachel and Ryan and his wife Rachel and their child Hunter of Jasper, Ala., and his daughters, Addie and Chandler and her child, Jade; Gina Robinson of Brookhaven, Miss., and her three children, Peyton, Mia, Cody and wife Jordan and their son, Avery; H. Lee Robinson and wife Wendy of Brandon, Miss., and their two children, Connor and Courtney; and Aimee Biagioli of Cleveland, Miss., and her husband Joseph and their five children, Katherine, Kristin, Alexander, Ava and Haley. To express your thoughts to the family, you may visit and click on his name to leave a comment.
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Community Development Data Viz - October 2015

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President's Update -- Opportunities Abound for CDS Members

It has been a busy month for Community Development Society Board and committee members! CDS is certainly fortunate to have such an outstanding group of leaders working to ensure an enriching membership experience for us all.

Whitney McIntyre Miller has taken the lead on coordinating the new “CDS Interest Groups” which will give us all an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from other researchers and practitioners.  If you are a new member or perhaps have been a member for awhile but wish to get more engaged, this is a great way for you to get to know other CDS members, get more involved with the Society, and increase your level of knowledge in the community development field. Many CDS members have already signed up to participate in one or more of the groups, but if you haven’t yet, Whitney has provided information in this month’s Vanguard on how you can sign up.

It’s that time of year again when we solicit nominations for available Board of Directors positions. Currently, we are looking to fill the VP-Operations (which moves into VP-Programs and President), and three board positions. If you have not had the opportunity to serve in this capacity or if you know of someone that would be a great addition to the CDS Board, please take the time to submit a nomination.  Serving on the Board of Directors is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  Our goal is to have a board that embodies the wonderful diversity of our membership, and we need your help to ensure we have a slate of candidates that represents this diversity.

In the next few weeks, the call for abstracts will be circulated for the 2016 CDS/IACD Joint International Conference to be held July 24-27, 2016, in Bloomington Minnesota, USA. The conference theme is “Sustaining Community Change: Building Local Capacity to Sustain Development Initiatives.”  Please watch for the call for abstracts in your email inbox and on the CDS website.  We encourage you to submit one or more abstracts, as the high quality presentations, panels, and posters provided by our members are an essential component to making the annual conference successful.

Happy Autumn!

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