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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, or the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, at Condolences may be sent to the family at: 640 Goshen Road, Morgantown, WV 26508-2431.

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CD downunder

The New Zealand community Development conference has sold out and closed registration. A waiting list is beink kept by conference manager abhishek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All conference papers are now online


best wishes


John Stansfield

Conference chair

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Member Benefits - Job Forum

By Cindy Banyai

Did you know there is a Jobs Forum on the new Community Development Society website? It's one of the great new members-only features we've added. The forum is a way for hard working CD job seekers to better connect with opportunities that are aligned with their skill set. Here's how to access it:

  1. Login to the CDS website
  2. Scroll and and click "Forum" in the bulleted list under the login box
  3. Click the right index tag (although many of the most recently posted jobs will be right there in front of you on the landing page!!).
  4. Check out all the great jobs in Community Development

Hope that helps! Good luck!

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Community Development Data Viz - January 2015


website version ABCs of ABCD 



Editor's Pick 2014: Best of Charts of Note - USDA

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Community Development Society Accepting Proposals for Editor of the Peer-Reviewed Journal Community Development!

I am the current Editor of CDS's Community Development. My tenure will end in July 2015. Proposals for the new Editor are being accepted. You can contact Abbie Gaffey for more information (see below). --John Green

Call for Proposals
Editor for the Community Development Society’s Journal
Community Development

Position to be filled August 2015

Community Development is a well-respected interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal on community development issues. The journal is internationally recognized as a high quality outlet for scholarly and applied research and practical applications. Community Development is published five times per year. This schedule incorporates two special issues on specific topics, edited by Guest Editors working with the Editor. The journal is published electronically and in print by Taylor & Francis, and the editorial process involves use of ScholarOne, an online management program.

If you are interested in applying to serve as Editor of Community Development, please contact Abbie Gaffey, Chair of the Communications Committee. She can provide more information on the criteria and proposal process.

Abbie Gaffey
Community Development Society Secretary & Chair of the Communications Committee
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(712) 539-1169

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Plans underway for 2015 Annual International Community Development Society Conference in Lexington, KY, July 19-22!

By Gisele Hamm

Keynote Speaker, Michael Rios

One of the highlights of this year’s conference will be the engaging keynote speakers that will be joining us including Michael Rios. Michael is associate professor of urban design and chair of the Community Development Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis. Drawing from architecture, human geography, and urban planning, his research and writing focuses on marginality and the social practice of design, planning, and community development. Critical essays have appeared in The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor, Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities, Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, and Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism. His co-edited book, Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities, takes note of how Latinos are shaping the American landscape and considers how these changes both challenge and offer insight into placemaking practices in an increasingly multi-ethnic world. Michael is past president of the Association for Community Design and the inaugural director of the Hamer Center for Community Design. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University and Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

Fitting with our theme of Creativity and Culture, Michael’s keynote presentation will be “Negotiating the Place of Culture and the Culture of Place.” Unlike the problems of sprawl, environmental degradation, and climate change, there are no straightforward technical solutions to working more effectively with culturally diverse communities. In this plenary session, Michael Rios will discuss the difference that culture makes and how places can be viewed as sites of world-making through negotiations of belonging, authorship, and power to establish what groups can expect of one another. Negotiations are the basis for agreements and provide shared experiences that maintain relationships into the future. These “cultural contracts” measure the degree to which values and commitments are exchanged between groups—including professionals and the publics they purport to serve. Implications for community development include greater attention to cross-cultural practices between individuals and among different social groups to determine why place matters, for whom, and with what results.

Conference Abstract Submissions

If you have not yet submitted your abstract for a presentation at the CDS conference, there’s still time! The deadline for conference abstracts is Saturday, January 31, 2015. Instructions on submitting an abstract is available here: CDS Call for Abstracts Instructions. The online submission form can be accessed here: CDS Online Abstract Submission Form.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Proposals are being accepted through Sunday, February 15, 2015 for pre-conference workshops. CDS currently has space to accommodate a limited number of pre-conference workshops to be held on Sunday, July 19th in conjunction with the Annual Conference.   More information can be found here:  CDS Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals.

Please join us in Lexington in July as we celebrate Creativity and Culture in Community Development!

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President's Update - Evolution of CDS

By Dave Lamie

I hope that the New Year finds you healthy, energized, and excited about what life is bringing you. As we witness with horror the brutality that our species is capable of inflicting upon one another, it is easy to become confused and bewildered.  Our old ways of thinking about things may not work as well as they did in our youth.  We turn to the sages of our history for insight and understanding, yet they do not seem to speak to us as they did before. Yet, we fear that if we abandon wholesale our beliefs we might jettison something essential, even sacred. So, we spend time sorting through it all, carefully putting those things that we still value in their place, discarding that which does not seem to work for us.  
As community development professionals we should consider a similar sorting process. We should use our evaluation results to help us craft better programs and interventions.  We should take stock of the way we currently do things and consider if there are not better, more effective, or more efficient ways of doing things.  And, we should probably go about examining our underlying value statements to deliberate on just how important they are to us and whether or not they should be modified to better reflect current realities.  This process might even lead us to new paradigms and patterns of thinking about things that simply work better.  
It is in this spirit that I propose that we undertake a process of revisiting, reviewing, and possibly revising our most sacred statements: The CDS Principles of Good Practice.  Over the next few months I hope to engage a selection of CDS members to help us in this review process. I want to be sure we include some of our newest members as well as some long-standing ones.  We need to have confidence that these statements speak as clearly to CD professionals today as they did when they were first adopted.  
At the end of the day, we might wind up with exactly the same thing we started with…and that is perfectly acceptable. Or, some completely new, completely relevant statements might be developed. Don't worry, we won't officially change anything without properly involving the CDS membership. Your involvement in the evolution of the Society is of vital importance.
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Call for submission - CDS 2015

Call for Submissions

(Workshops, Paper/Program Presentations, Panel Sessions & Posters)
2015 Annual Meeting of the Community Development Society
Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel
Lexington, Kentucky– July19-22, 2015
Deadline: January 31, 2015, 11:59p.m. (Central Standard Time)

Creativity and Culture: Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Health, Environment, Economic Vibrancy, Social Justice and Democracy

Community activists and developers are integrating the arts and culture into building vibrant communities. Increasingly, groups and organizations are leveraging the arts and imagination to engage citizens in community development. In doing so, they create places and organizations that support economic diversity and strengthen the aesthetics of communities. There is a growing awareness that the arts can serve as a vehicle to bring people together. There is interest in making places more intentionally open for diverse economic opportunities and fostering connections across cultures which makes communities more vibrant and welcoming.

Culture is also gaining more attention in community development as society becomes more diverse through demographic shifts including greater concentrations of the elderly, immigrants, ethnic diversity, and counter-culture movements. As a result, it could be argued that there isn’t a single public but multiple publics. Community developers are challenged to be culturally aware and sensitive as they weave these multiple publics together into a community of shared vision, interests and investment.

The 2015 Community Development Society conference offers a platform for dialogue about community development with an emphasis on the roles of creativity and culture in framing community issues and responses. We invite you to join us July 19-22, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky in the heart of the world’s most avid horse culture, to share your research and learning about how the arts and creative expression are strengthening the bonds of communities around the world.

This venue provides opportunities for spirited and lively exchanges about community development practice, learning, and scholarship. Won’t you join us?

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

Anyone who has engaged in community development work, especially work related to the conference theme, is encouraged to submit a proposal.
It is the goal of the Program Committee to formulate a balanced mixture of accepted submissions with pre-selected speakers, mobile learning workshops, our annual banquet, business meeting, off-site hosted events, and other networking opportunities. Every consideration will be given to creating an event from which all participants will substantially benefit.

How to Complete Your Submission:

Beginning Thursday, November 20, submissions will be accepted at:

The following instructions provide you with a step-by-step process for submitting an abstract for the 2015 annual meeting:

STEP 1: Complete Contact Information

Please provide the following information: (a) date of your submission; (b) your name; (c) organizational affiliation; (d) email address;(e) complete mailing address (include specific department or bureau, if applicable); (f) telephone and fax numbers; and (g) name/email of your additional presenter(s).

STEP 2: Enter the Title of Your Proposed Presentation

STEP 3: Specify the Topic from the List that Most Closely Reflects the Nature of Your Submission.

Conference organizers will be reviewing submissions based on two areas: conference sub-themes and Community Development Society tracks. Please select a conference sub-theme (such as health, environment, social justice, and so on) and a CDS track (such as general community development, planning and evaluation, community development education,and so on).

Submissions relating to any of the sub-themes and CDS tracks on this list will be reviewed. A description of each sub-theme and CDS track can be found at the end of this document.

NOTE: These conference sub-themes and CDS tracks are designed to help the Program Committee determine the breadth of submissions being considered for the 2015 meeting. Please note that the final session themes and tracks that appear in the conference program may differ from those listed.

STEP 4: Indicate the Format of Your Presentation.

You have SEVEN PRESENTATION OPTIONS from which to choose. Below are the formats you can choose and the amount time associated with each format:

NOTE: The time and locations specified below are intended to serve as general guidelines. Please note that they maybe subject to change in the event that submissions that are approved for presentation at the 2015 meeting exceed expectation:

30 Minute Sessions (20 minute presentation, 10 minutes discussion)

Research Paper: Showcasing community development theory, methodological advances, or applied studies

-- or --

Practice/Outreach Program: Highlighting an innovative project/program you have implemented that is having a positive impact on people, communities, and/or regions

60 Minute Sessions (Allow at least 10 minutes for discussion)

Small Panel Session: Organizing 3-5 individuals with a diversity of perspectives on a topic of importance and relevance to the community development field

-- or --

Innovation Session: Propose an entirely “out-of-the-box” innovative session that connects with the Creativity and Culture theme of the conference while demonstrating the CDS Principles of Good Practice

90 Minute Sessions (Allow at least 15 minutes for discussion)

Workshop: An in-depth, interactive session sharing an innovative program or project that CDS members might be able to readily adopt in their own communities

-- or –

Large Panel Session: Organizing at least 4 individuals with a diversity of perspectives on a topic of importance and relevance to the community development field

Poster: Displaying your research practice efforts through the use of a poster (will be showcase data special time during the meeting)

STEP 5: Select up to Three Acceptable Format Options for Your Proposed Presentation:

Since it will be unlikely that we can accommodate all requests for the various types of presentation formats, you are urged to provide upto three acceptable options for your presentation. For example, if your first choice is to do a workshop but we are unable to accommodate your request, give us your second choice in terms of the format for your presentation. Likewise, if a third choice is acceptable, please provide that as well. For example, would you be willing to present in a Practice/Outreach session as a second choice or in a Poster Session as a third choice? Just let us know your top three preferences (in priority order) in terms of the format for your presentation.

STEP 6: Provide an Abstract of Your Proposed Presentation (300 word limit)

STEP 7: Prepare a shorter, 50-word Summary of Your Proposed Presentation

(for display in conference program, if accepted).

STEP 8: Indicate if You Will Need any Audio-Visual Equipment.

Please tell us what specific equipment you will need. NOTE: Overhead projectors, LCD projectors (for PowerPoint presentations) and audio equipment will be available for your use. However, you must bring your own laptop for your presentation or make plans with another person in your session to use his/her laptop.

STEP 9: Provide an electronic copy of your abstract.

STEP 10: Does Your Submission Embrace the CDS Principles of Good Practice?

Your work should embrace the Community Development Society’s Principles of Good Practice. Please review these principles highlighted at the end of this document. Place a checkmark in the“YES” box if you agree that your submission is consistent with these principles. These principles can be found at the end of this document.

STEP 11: Explain How Your Submission Relates to the Creativity and Culture Conference Theme

Deadline Date:
All proposals must be submitted using the CDS online submission system by 11:59 p.m., SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015 (Central Standard Time).

A Special Note to Our International Association for Community Development Colleagues and Other International Participants:

We welcome our IACD and other international colleagues to take part in the 2015 CDS Conference. Named in the top 50 places to visit in a lifetime by National Geographic Traveler, Lexington, Kentucky will provide an enriching experience for you while you are in the United States.

We urge you to submit well-developed abstract proposals to be part of this great event. Due to the additional time needed by many of our international conference participants to arrange for travel to the United States for the July 2015 conference, we are providing a limited opportunity for you to submit your conference abstract and receive an earlier confirmation regarding the acceptance of your presentation. While the official date for general abstract acceptance notification will be in March 2015, we are setting aside a limited number of slots for early notification for international submissions. Thus, if you submit your conference presentation proposal by December 15, 2014, we will notify you of your proposal acceptance/non-acceptance by Thursday, January 15, 2015. If you are notified that your abstract is accepted as a presentation for the 2015 CDS conference, you will receive a registration form with your acceptance email so that you may register early. Please note: All international colleagues are welcome to submit abstracts during the regular call for abstracts timeframe if they do not wish to submit for the early notification option.

Please note that the CDS does not have sufficient resources to help defray the travel expenses of our international attendees. However, if you’re a CDS member, you may be eligible to apply for one of the travel scholarships available for members taking part in a conference outside of their home continent.
An announcement regarding the 2015 travel scholarship application process will be released during the early part of 2015, so you are encouraged to review the guidelines once they are released to see if you might be eligible to apply. The announcement will be posted on the CDS website.
Conference Registration and Hotel Reservations:

Information on the annual registration fee and hotel rates/reservation process will be available on the CDS website soon. Please check this site for up-to-date information on the 2015 conference:

Conference Program Questions:Feel free to submit any questions about the 2015 program to Gisele Hamm, CDS Vice President for Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Submission Questions: For issues with the proposal submission process, Please contact Karen Holt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CDS Principles of Good Practice

We believe that adherence to the Community Development Society's Principles of Good Practice are essential to sound community development.

  • Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
  • Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  • Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
  • Be open to using the full range actionstrategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well-being of the community.

The CDS 2015 Conference Theme is:

Creativity and Culture: Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Health, Environment, Economic Vibrancy, Social Justice and Democracy

1. Please select at least one of the following conference sub-themes:

Creative Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Health
Presentations focusing on research and effective process for integrating community development and improving health.

Creative Community Development Approaches for Strengthening the Environment
Presentations focusing on research and effective process for integrating community development and improving environmental conditions.

Creative Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Economic Vibrancy
Presentations focusing on research and effective process for integrating community development and strengthening economic vibrancy.

Creative Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Social Justice
Presentations focusing on research and effective process for integrating community development and addressing social justice.

Creative Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Democracy
Presentations focusing on research and effective process for integrating community development and engaging citizens or strengthen democracy.

Creative Community Development Approaches for Strengthening Social or Cultural Well-Being
Presentations focusing on research and effective process for integrating community development and strengthening social or cultural well-being.

2. Please select one of the following CDS tracks:

General Community Development Practice and Process
Presentations focused on community development practices, processes, and theories broadly defined.

Planning and Evaluation
Presentations focused on planning and evaluation as utilized in community development processes and practices.

Community Development Education
Presentations related to teaching and education of community development theories, processes, and practices in classrooms or other educational settings.

Scholarship and Research
Presentations focused on research and scholarship related to community development.

Community Leadership
Presentations related to leaders and leadership in community settings.

Economic Development
Presentations focused on the practices, processes, and theories of community economic improvement.

Rural Community Development
Presentations focused on the practices, processes, and theories of community development in rural settings.

Youth in Community Development
Presentations about the role of youth in community development practices, processes, and theories.

International Community Development
Presentations related to community development practices, processes, and theories in international settings.

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President's Update - We Need YOU!

By Dave. Lamie

Your Board of Directors just invested a couple of days in Lexington, Kentucky, carrying out the business of the organization and in a strategic planning activity designed to help us focus on priorities for the coming year and beyond. As we further refine our thinking we fully intend to engage the committees and broader membership in this process. I was very encouraged by how well we all worked together and how passionate each and every member is about the our shared vision and future success of YOUR organization. Stay tuned for more details and then join with us to help make CDS the global lifelong learning partner for CD professionals.

We heard from the Lexington-based Local Host Committee about their plans for the 2015 conference. I will leave those details to the Program Committee and or local hosts to provide. But, I have confidence in saying that "You will not want to miss this one!"

Now is the time to consider how you want to be involved in CDS. Do you want to work with a committee? Do you want to present at conference? Do you want to write an article? Do you want to serve as a reviewer? How about serving as a journal editor!? Do you want to run for office? Do you want to make a financial gift? Or, do you want to participate in some other way? Just let us know and we will help you.

Remember that CDS is a community unto itself and should serve as a bright example of how we hope the communities we serve will function. We will never be perfect in this regard  And one person's perfection is another's hell, but we should always be seeking to improve, to learn from our mistakes, to be inclusive of all voices, and to celebrate our achievements. We cannot pretend to be such an example unless and until we see our membership engaged at many levels, motivated not by guilt or shame, but by a true desire to participate in something bigger than self, something that reciprocates by providing the nourishment necessary to sustain you in your chosen profession of community development.

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Membership and Marketing Committee 2014 Report

By Cindy Banyai

Executive Summary

This report discusses the composition of the 2014 Community Development Society (CDS) obtained from the membership roster and the most recent Membership Survey.

This information is being analyzed to better inform the CDS marketing strategy, as well as to tailor conference components (mobile workshops).

Here are the top findings:

  • Members report being a part of CDS for an average of 11.3 years. They are largely from the Midwest, but there is a sizeable international component of the membership.
  • Aside from community development specifically, members are most involved with planning and evaluation, education and training, and dealing with projects and programs.
  • Networking, knowledge sharing and learning, and the journal and publications are the most valued components of being a member of CDS.

Membership data from 2011-2014 has also been analyzed to better understand the year to year membership retention rates and to set targets for future growth in this area. The major findings are that we have a major issue with membership retention, with only 40% of members renewing consistently. The issues stem from a lack of continued value for conference-local memberships and problems with the membership renewal system.

The Membership Committee requests $6,000 in 2015 to help address some of these recommendations.

Membership Composition

Average member reports being involved with organization for 11.3 years

Where are CDS members from?

Only a few members in each state, but membership is Midwest-heavy

Top Origins of CDS Members 2012-2013

  1. Minnesota (12.5%)
  2. Kentucky (7%)
  3. Wisconsin (6.2%)
  4. Ohio (5.4%)
  5. Missouri (5.4%)
  6. Illinois (4.7%)
  7. Canada (4.7%)
  8. New York (3.1%)
  9. International (3.1%)

 What areas do CDS members work in?

 cds areas of work

  1. Community Development
  2. Planning and evaluation
  3. Education/teaching/training
  4. With programs/projects
  5. Research
  6. Economics
  7. Rural
  8. Leadership
  9. Extension
  10. Government
  11. Youth
  12. Business
  13. Urban
  14. Volunteers
  15. Health
  16. Tourism
  17. Sustainability


What career difference does CDS make?

what i like about cds word cloud

  1. Networking
  2. Knowledge sharing and learning
  3. Journal/Publishing

 what members like

This is consistent with what members like about CDS. In the member survey, people most often identified the connections they make through CDS as what they like the most, followed by the publications, and knowledge sharing.

Membership Retention

retenion graph

The findings from analyzing year to year membership lists, as well discussing with other Directors and Julie While from the management office, is that there is a core membership of 135 or so members the sign up every year (2011-2014 puts number at 106). This number is low because of some of the peculiarities of the CDS membership process being associated with the conference. The main issues with this include: a large single-year membership contingent from the conference host area dedicated members who can get the discounted membership rate for 2 conferences, but skip paying years.

Data Analysis highlights:

  • Consistent membership 2011-2014: 106 members, 40% of total memberships between 2011-2014. This demonstrates a tremendous issue with overall membership retention.
  • 38% of memberships (295 out of 800) between 2011-2014 were only members for 1 year. This data relates to the issue with regional membership in conference areas, but indicates a lack of apparent continued value and outreach to colloquial members.
  • 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 retention rate (through July 2014) = 47% according to CDS management office, but analysis of 2011-2013 shows a much lower number of 40%
  • 35 people were only members from 2011-2013, 37 people were only members from 2012-2014, and 15 people had gap years in their membership. All of this information points to issues with the membership renewal process.

Potential rationale for retention issues

  • Lack of consistent membership outreach – Some members only stay a short time because they cannot find a home in the organization and have difficulty connecting to value of membership (especially if not publishing), this could potentially isolate practitioners
  • Lack of consistent membership renewal reminders and ease of renewal process - even long time members have gap years because of lapses in the membership process
  • Conferences are too colloquial – the locals who attend the conferences cannot find benefit to continued membership beyond the conference year

Membership Committee 2015 Budget Proposal





Online advertising

Design and run ads on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook) to entice non-members connections and new contacts to join CDS


CDS Brochure refresh

Content and graphics re-design


Print 2000


Postage to send brochures to CDS representatives


Brochure Total



Committee Total


2014 -2015 Committee Members

Cindy Banyai - Co-Chair

Dan Kahl - Co-Chair

Sharon Gulick

Chris Marko

John Gulick

Rani Bhattcharyya

Kathy Macomber

Johanna Reed Adams

Tracy Marlo-Daugherty

Dennis Deerey

Christopher Cotton

Paul LaChapelle

James Wilcox

Kurt Mantonya

John McNutt

Beth Nagy


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Community Development Data Viz- November 2014

ALR Infographic Communities June2012








new farmers






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Community Development Data Viz- October 2014

family farms dominate

Family farms dominate U.S. agriculture


Investing In What Works Infographic

Infographic: Investing in People AND Places

Sage Nonprofit Social Enterprise Infographic

Nonprofits for Social Enterprise 


Millenium Development Goal Infographic

snap nutrition

SNAP participants more likely to use nutrition information in fast-food places

PDT infographic 2

Infographics to Promote Your SNAP-Ed Program


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President's Update - Our values, our passion, and planning for the future

By Dave Lamie
Creating a quality life for ourselves, our families, and our communities is at the heart and soul of our existence as community developers.  Our Principles of Good Practice speak to these values that we all share and it is these values that draw us, a community of members, together so that we can find ways to do more and better than what we can muster alone.  Further, our values speak to not only the mere fact that we need to work together to achieve great things for ourselves and others; they also speak to certain qualitative aspects of our coming together; inclusion of all who have a stake in outcomes,  the use of quality  information coming from multiple sources,  minority voices being heard…and considered, and advocacy for those without a voice.   We have a certain faith in the prospect that it is not merely the individual, but collections of individuals who bind themselves together in reciprocal relationships that, when push comes to shove, transcend the interests of the individual, while still respecting individual autonomy.  The art and science of community development.  
These values are seldom easy to live out, and we often fall short of our ideals.   Dominant cultures that can exist in both the communities of place and interest often work against these principles.  We are likely fooling ourselves if we think we can exercise our principles while working with communities when we do not practice them consistently with our friends, family, and colleagues.  Some of us surely do better than others when measured in absolute terms.  But, isn't it more important to know that we are all on a path toward improvement, no matter where we find ourselves on the path?  I buy into that idea.  
In order to know where we are on our journey toward becoming our better principled selves in this fast-paced world,  we need to find the time and space to be reflective enough to better understand what path we are on and in which direction we are heading.  Communities need this,  too!  That is why one of the fundamental questions of planning is "Where Are We Now?" --- the reality check.  This question precedes "Where Do We Want to Be?" and "How Do We Get There?", perhaps for good reason.  For some individuals, this might mean lengthy silent retreat settings while others might find this respite over their own cook stove or by taking in an art exhibit.   We hope that CDS helps to facilitate and nurture this reflective process by serving as a gathering place for kindred spirits who are on a journey of discovering how they can most effectively bring about positive change in their world.  
In a few years, CDS will reach its half century mark.  In a few days, I will beat her to this milestone.   Perhaps that is why I am in this reflective mood and so encouraging others to be as well.  Perhaps it is because the CDS Board will be engaging in some strategic planning at our fall meeting and I'm just trying to get in the mood.  Perhaps it is just the coming of Autumn.
Whatever the reason,  I find myself in this frame of mind, I would like to encourage those of you who attended to 2014 conference in Dubuque, to reflect upon your experience, and help us to learn how to put on even better events going forward by completing our online conference survey.  Finally, I hope that you all will begin to make plans for the 2015 conference in Lexington, KY so that we can once again come together to reflect, share, and figure out how to propel ourselves along our individual and collective paths.   
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Call for Nominations—Community Development Society Board of Directors

The Community Development Society wants you!  The following positions are up for election:

  • Vice President of Operations
    • A 3-year term that moves into Vice President of Program and President
  • Three seats on the Board of Directors
    • A 3-year term

Nominees for these positions can expect to meet (remotely) on a monthly basis to direct the operations of the Society.  Committee leadership roles are typically assigned to each Board member.  The Board typically meets in person twice each year—late November/early December at the site of the upcoming annual conference; and at the annual conference (generally held in July).  There is no compensation provided and the cost of traveling for the two in person meetings is borne by the member (some exceptions have been made for traveling to the mid-year meeting, but attendance at the annual conference is expected).

The operations of the Society are supported by a professional management firm.  A current roster of the Board of Directors and Officers can be found at  Please contact any of them to discuss in more detail what the responsibilities and rewards of being involved with CDS are.

To submit a nomination for any of the positions listed above, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the CDS Business Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any current Board member.  To be eligible for the ballot, nominees must be current members in good standing.  Please only nominate a peer that has agreed in advance to serve if elected.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

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Community Development Data Viz- September 2014

Median farm household income forecast to decline slightly in 2014

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One in five U.S. households with children were food-insecure at some time in 2013


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School foods are the richest source of dairy products in children’s diets


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Consumers with dark green vegetables at home more likely to use nutrition information when eating out

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Connecting with Former Vanguard Editor Col. L R Hughes



In early August, it was my pleasure to receive a series of communications from former CDS Vanguard Editor Col. L R Hughes (for 8 years through the early 1990's). He was gracious enough to share some of his experiences as the Editor of Vanguard from when it was a printed 16-page newspaper (things have certainly changed, haven't they!?!). The main reason he reached out to me was to pass along some vintage Vanguard materials (pictured here). Let me know if you see any familiar faces or have stories to share about these classic Vanguard excerpts. Thanks again Col. Hughes for sharing this wonderful piece of Community Development Society history with me. 





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President's Update - CDS working for you now and for the future

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By Dave Lamie
It's been nearly two months now since many of us had the chance to rendezvous in Dubuque for our annual conference.  Thanks to all the hard work of excellent local hosts, program committees, presenters, speakers, reviewers, and the support of our sponsors, we were able to put on a great conference. Giselle Hamm, our current Vice President of Programs, is now deep into working with another great local host committee to help set the stage for the 2015 conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Chris Marko, the current Vice President of Operations, is also beginning to work with local hosts from Minnesota, who will organize the 2016 conference. And, there are multiple other conference location proposals being developed for consideration at the CDS Fall Board meeting to be held in early November.  Measured in financial terms, no one is getting rich from all of the time and energy put forward to create these wonderful opportunities for CDS members to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for what CDS represents in the world --- but, we are all enriched through participation in this effort, no matter our role.
Though our annual conference is, perhaps, the most visible feature of our organization, there are multiple other ways that our organization helps to foster enlightened community development around the world.  The Journal serves as a means for our members to engage in community development scholarship and for this scholarship to inform our practice.  John Green, who serves as our current editor, will be turning over the reigns to a new editor later this year.  We are in the process of finding just the right person(s) to serve in this important capacity.  Our CD Practice publication is a great companion to the Journal, allowing practitioners to share their experiences and to hone their skills as they help to make the world a better place.  The Vanguard, that you are now reading, helps to keep us all informed of what the organization and our members are doing.  And, our website serves as a portal where all of this information can be easily accessed, a place where dialogue on community development issues can be fostered, and a vehicle to deliver this content globally --- into virtually every nook and cranny the Internet occupies.   All of these tools and more are at our disposal and we invite our members to consider not only being consumers of what they provide, but to take a more active role by becoming co-creators.  
And, there are multiple committees and task forces working on many different issues, all with the focus of making CDS an even better organization for future generations.  As we go into the Autumn months there will be plenty of opportunities for you to consider how you want to be involved in making CDS be the very best professional organization dedicated to the mission of community development.   Many hands make light work and when a good team of folks is working well together, it doesn't really seem like work.  It seems like the right thing to do.  
Here's to a great beginning to a new season!
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University of Minnesota Tourism Center Festival and Event Management Online Training Course

By Julia Irwin


Greetings from the University of Minnesota Tourism Center,


Summer is in full swing, and we're sure that you are getting excited for your upcoming county fairs! For those of you whose festivals have already concluded, congratulations on putting on a great event! Before you start planning next summer's festivals, we wanted to pass along some information regarding our online certificate program. This completely-online program can highly benefit you and your staff, providing you with the training to produce a spectacular event!


Earn a Certificate in Festival and Event Management Online

The University of Minnesota Tourism Center offers a comprehensive, online course in Festival and Event Management to help festival and event organizers run successful events. This interactive, engaging class covers management systems, tools, and theories that are relevant to festivals and events. A special Fall 2014 session on food safety at festivals and events will help class participants understand the ins and outs of food safety at their festivals and events. The Fall, 6-week online offering begins September 15 through October 24, 2014. Save $100 if you register by August 25, 2014: $499.

For more information, please visit the Tourism Center website or contact the Tourism Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Food safety at your festival or event

Food safety at festivals and events is the ‘timely topic’ in Fall 2014. Festival and event planners will learn key food safety practices and methods to reduce food borne illness risks and ensure a safe event. Topics include your leadership role as an overseer of the event's food vendors, identify and control food safety hazards, licensing requirements for food vendors, and layout and design of event facilities. Taught by four food science experts from the University of Minnesota, you’ll benefit from their expertise and the experience from other course participants. The online Timely Topic is offered October 27 to October 31, 2014; $99 if you register by October 6.

For registration and more information about the Timely Topic or Festival and Event Management, please visit the Tourism Center website or contact the Tourism Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Green efforts at your festival or event

Green practices are increasingly popular in the tourism industry—including festivals and events! The Timely Topic session of “Greening Events” will help participants understand the event industry’s approach to sustainability, the practices that events large and small have taken to facilitate sustainability, and the production of a “zero waste” event. The Timely Topic of Greening Events is offered online from November 3 to 7, 2014; $99 if you register by October 13.


For registration and more information about the Timely Topic or Festival and Event Management, please visit the Tourism Center website or contact the Tourism Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Society Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Community Development

Each year we pause collectively as a Society to reflect on and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our members and friends. This year we had the honor and privilege of presenting six awards recognizing the contributions of six individuals and programs that have positively impacted the field and reflect the Society's Principles of Good Practice. Award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by the CDS Awards and Recognition Committee. Awards presented by the Society this year include:

Community Development Achievement Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution to community development. The person may be recognized for teaching, research, programming, administration or any combination of these roles.

Richard Knopf
School of Community Resource and Development
Arizona State University

Richard Knopf has dedicated his career to community development instruction and practice. Peers at Arizona State University recognize him for his ability to bridge research and teaching among various departments and school. Richard has inspired, challenged, and equipped multiple cohorts of graduate students to enter the field of community development. Richard's ability to bridge gaps and inspire leaders does not end in academia. He serves as the advisor to critical cross sector projects as the director of ASU's Partnership for Community Development. Richard's commitment to community development is evident in both his professional and personal life; he is generous with his time and exemplifies the principles of good practice.

"As a doctoral candidate in the School of Community Resources and Development and his mentee, I have had the chance to work closely with Dr. Knopf since August 2010. He has greatly inspired my own work in the field of community development and has been a role model of active citizenship for me as well as of my colleagues at ASU." -

"I believe that Dr. Knopf truly exemplifies what it means to be a community developer. He is a renowned community leader, who works selflessly to better the life of communities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area." -

"His devotion to community development is clear in his teaching and mentoring activities as well. He supervises numerous doctoral students in community development studies, and funds them to attend the annual CDS conference! Rick is introducing a new generation of scholars to CDS and the importance of community development research and practice for both urban and rural settings. He is without doubt, one of the best colleagues I've had in many years in this profession – he is generous of his time and exemplifies the principles of good practice, giving and helping others." – Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University

Current Research Award

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.

Maria Martinez-Cosio and Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell
Urban Studies and Planning Program
UC San Diego

For the past 15 years Maria Martinez-Cosio and Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell have researched the relationship between philanthropy and comprehensive community development. This research provides the first comprehensive analysis of the increasing prominence and impact of place-based philanthropy's role in supporting comprehensive community development in low-income, underserved, urban neighborhoods. Their findings were published in their co-authored book, Catalysts for Change: Twenty-first Century Philanthropy and Community Development, published by Routledge in 2013 as part of CDS's book series, Community Development and Research Practice, edited by Dr. Rhonda Phillips.

"Mirle and Maria's research provides beneficial findings for community development practice. Because private foundations and philanthropic community based initiatives can aid the public sector, these approaches to connect community development and philanthropy can bridge the gap in communities." – Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University

Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award

Presented to a CDS member in recognition of a superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society.

Kurt Mantonya
Senior Associate
Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Kurt Mantonya has served as a senior associate and community development specialist with the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. He is a creative visionary who integrates community development principles into his work. Kurt created a community vitality planning framework that used Appreciative Inquiry as a key to energizing community leaders to engage in visioning and action planning for community improvement. Kurt has also made significant contributions to the Society, serving as co-chair of the Communications committee and organizing the CDS webinar series.

"While he has worked less than 10 years in the field of community development, Kurt has proven a quick learner, a creative contributor to a variety of new programs and initiatives and a skilled practitioner with a strong commitment to the core values of the Community Development Society." – Milan Wall, Heartland Center for Leadership Development

"I know well the impact he has had on countless community projects; his approach is to actively promote participation by enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives; to engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues; to incorporate diverse interests and cultures of the community in a process; and to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community." - Paul Lachappelle, Montana State University

Friend of Community Development Award

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.

Tami Fischer
Executive Director
Metro West Housing Solutions

Tami Fischer has provided affordable housing and human services to low-income citizens for over 20 years. She has overseen the creation and preservation of more than 1,000 low- and moderate-income apartments along existing and emerging multi-modal transit corridors in the greater Denver area. Projects undertaken by Metro West Housing Solutions have been truly pioneering under Tami's leadership. Her work exemplifies her belief that a great community offers a range of housing types and costs to meet the needs of everyone.

"Tami links community development to affordable and mixed-income housing by creating safe, energy-efficient and quality housing. She has demonstrated that not only is housing a critical tool in community development, but also how important affordable housing is within the field. A great community offers a range of housing types and costs to meet the needs of everyone, who all play a role in making a great community."

"Under Tami's leadership, Metro West has become a national leader in affordable housing, due to her commitment to sustainability in design, providing residents with inspiring space, both indoors and outdoors, and engaging residents in a meaningful way when decisions are made that affect their living space and residential community." – Vickie Berkley, Colorado Center for Community Development

Innovative Program Award

Presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program using the principles of good practice as adopted by the Society.

Marketing Hometown America
University of Nebraska Extension
North Dakota State University Extension
South Dakota State University Extension

The Marketing Hometown America Program, a USDA NIFA funded research project, recognizes the uniqueness of small towns in Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota by facilitating local citizens in creating a plan that is designed to attract newcomers. The program was modeled on Everyday Democracy's Study Circle and explores the reasons why people move to rural areas and encourages citizens to identify and highlight unique assets present in their communities through the development of a marketing plan. It engages citizens in a community-wide discussion that marshals commitment and energy.

"Marketing Hometown America not only engages people in dialogue around community-wide issues but also provides a process which leads to successful action. This process mobilizes social capital that helps people make their communities a better place in which to live, work, and play." – Karla Trautman, SDSU Extension

"It empowers the community to work together toward their desired future – a powerful overarching principle of good practice for our profession." – David Olson, SDSU Extension

Innovative Program Award

Presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program using the principles of good practice as adopted by the Society.

Community Arts Program
University of Missouri Extension

The University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program is designed to provide expertise and support to promote and foster community and economic development through the arts to rural communities and small towns. The program, modeled after the Community Capitals Framework, weaves in arts and culture to build on existing community assets, connect to public issues, include broad participation and partner perspectives and develop effective leadership through education and training. The Community Arts Program team works diligently to position the creative economy alongside economic development in Missouri communities.

"The relevancy of art and culture to community wellbeing and ultimately its local economy has often been debated. This holistic approach to community development is often looked upon as a tertiary byproduct of more direct economic development efforts (or create jobs and the arts will come). The CAP program inverts this supposed relationship by positing that if you improve the quality of life through culture and the arts, economic development will come." - Timothy Borich, ISU Extension Community and Economic Development

"The Community Arts Program is focused on the arts as community and economic development. The arts are used to both build and express a community language, to help a community define who they are and plan where they want to be. The arts are woven into the plan as both strategy and methodology, resulting in a multi‐dimensional approach to community betterment. It's an uncommon approach to economic development, and yet it encompasses elements of proven methods, such as asset‐based community development and participatory planning." – Letitia Johnson, University of Missouri


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Recent special issue of Community Development features articles on increasing opportunities for healthy communities

If you are interested in the intersections between local food systems, physical activity, and healthy communities, then you should read the collection of articles in volume 45, issue 3 of Community Development (July 2014). This special issue was guest edited by Laurie Lachance, Laurie Carpenter, Mary Emery, and Mia Luluquisen. The articles report insights and lessons learned from the Food & Fitness community partnerships supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Among other noteworthy topics, the authors direct attention toward civic engagement to pursue health equity.

Community Development is one of the official publications of the Community Development Society (CDS), and it is produced in partnership with Taylor & Francis. John Green serves as Editor. For more information, consult the journal page on the CDS website (

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