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How We’re Reinventing Professional Networking for People who Improve Cities

By: Katie Rispoli Keaotamai, CEO, Ticco

            Our communities are facing tremendous challenges. Drastic changes in population, a lack of affordable housing, homelessness, public health crises, declining investment in infrastructure, and a loss of historic character are just a few. As community development professionals, we aim to enhance the quality of life in our communities through revitalization, services, and community programs.

            I’ve worked alongside professionals in community development for several years—most recently as a result of my collaborations with real estate developers and property owners looking to reinvest in downtown areas. In my experience, professionals in the community development space are both caring and passionate—and I want to further their impact.

            I’m proud to be introducing Ticco, a new online community for early-career professionals who are improving cities across the United States. At Ticco, we understand that in order to collectively prepare our communities for the challenges that lie ahead and address today’s obstacles, collaboration and knowledge-building is key.

            With Ticco we invite early-career professionals in fields like community development to take their networking to the next level. By reviewing applicants and only admitting individuals whose work aims to enhance life in our communities, Ticco is cultivating a network of professionals who share passions and priorities. As a result, Ticco’s network enables the next generation of leaders in community development to easily identify and collaborate with their peers across disciplines in cities nationwide.

            For example, Ticco’s functionality offers the most effective search available for professionals who work with cities and the built environment. With over 20 intersecting professions (design fields, urban planning, and historic preservation for instance) represented, Ticco allows members to search the network, filtering by name, location, profession, specialty, and personal interest. We want our members to build real relationships on Ticco—and not just collect “connections” that are superficial in nature.

            Ticco members get to know each other through Discussions, an area of the platform where our editorial team takes input from members and creates prompts which ignite thoughtful conversation and debate. Through Discussions, participants are able to truly dive into the challenges their communities are facing, and identify peers who share and expand their perspective. In addition to Discussions, Ticco plans to roll out engaging in-person gatherings—like outdoor adventures and urban explorations—for members within the year.

            With rapid technological shifts and other impending challenges, our communities will require great leadership and advocacy to succeed in the decades ahead. At Ticco, we know that it’s critical that we help today’s up-and-coming practitioners develop the skills and relationships they’ll need to lead going forward. We hope you’ll consider becoming a part of this community so we can support you in your professional journey.

Applying to Ticco

            If you have between 2 and 15 years of experience and are working in the United States, we encourage you to apply to Ticco and take advantage of our unique, cross-disciplinary networking opportunities to help form a foundation for your successful career. We’re happy to offer Community Development Society members the opportunity to apply directly by using code “SpringCDS” when prompted in our 15-minute online application through May 15, 2019.

About the Author

Katie Rispoli Keaotamai is the Founder and CEO of Ticco. Katie has spent the last seven years completing work that intersects with construction, historic preservation, urban planning, and placemaking. She has managed large-scale, complex projects and in all of her work has focused on the importance of community participation.

Prior to becoming CEO of Ticco, Katie served as Executive Director of We Are the Next where she provided programs that introduced teens and young adults to cities and the built environment. She holds a BA in Art History from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Heritage Conservation from the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.

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A Cordial Invitation to the Federal Reserve System's Community Development Research Conference 2019

Every two years, the Federal Reserve Board and the 12 Federal Reserve Banks collaborate to host the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference. The goal of this multidisciplinary event is to advance research that explores important socioeconomic issues. These conferences convene researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across sectors to consider important issues that low- to moderate-income people and communities face, exploring the latest research to inform effective strategies to advance opportunity for economically vulnerable households and areas.

Please consider joining us.  Your voices and shared views would bring much to the discussion.

Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class Conference, May 9-10 in Washington, DC

This spring, the Federal Reserve will host its biennial community development research conference, “Renewing the Promise of the Middle Class,” May 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

This conference series aims to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice on key issues facing the country.   The 2019 conference will focus on leading research about the factors affecting people’s ability to move into, and stay in, the middle class.  The discussion will also focus on what the implications of the research might be for those working in public policy and community development.

The conference agenda features some of the nation’s foremost researchers and policy leaders.  Keynote speakers include:

  • Jerome Powell, Chairman, Federal Reserve Board
  • Charles Evans, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Lael Brainard, Governor, Federal Reserve Board
  • Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow

At the #CommDev2019 conference, you will also learn about cutting-edge research from experts across a range of academic disciplines. The conference will explore evidence on opportunities and impediments to joining and staying in the middle class.  Speakers will discuss education, labor practices, financial security, wealth creation, and the role of local communities as they pertain to middle class attainment.

We hope you will join this important and informative discussion.

Please register early, as previous conferences have sold out and space is limited. For more information on the conference, hotel, and registration instructions, click here

Questions? Please direct all inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Barbara Robles

Federal Reserve Board

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Family Activities at the CDS Conference, July 14-17,2019

Submitted by the Conference Committee

Columbia and surrounding area have so many opportunities for every age. If you want to learn more, see, or You can also download the official Missouri travel guide at


Meanwhile, Doris Littrell is coordinating family activities based on interest during the CDS Conference. Here are the wonderful options she has pulled together that will be sure to please children, grandchildren, spouses, significant others and friends you may wish to bring with you to CDS.


Sunday, July 14, and Monday, July 15 (8-9:00 a.m.): Knowledgeable Columbia ambassadors will staff a resource table with brochures, handouts, etc., for families at the Bond Life Sciences Center registration.


Monday, July 15, 9:00-11:45 a.m.: A free walking tour of downtown Columbia that can be focused on family interests such as public art, African American history, University of Missouri campus, museums, gardens, etc.


An African American history group has markers all around town. We can provide a guide if requested and could end at the history Blind Boone home (no charge but donations accepted at suggested rate of $25/hour).


There’s also an optional Trolley Tour– at $30/person but there is a minimum number required. A choice of four tours are offered or one can be customized. The four include Welcome to Columbia, Cultural Arts (which includes the Art and Archaeology Museum), College Town USA., and Historical Tour.


After lunch on their own, we have the option for Monday from 1-5:00 p.m. for indoor recreation (yes July is hot in Missouri) at the ARC where there’s swimming, track, basketball, exercise, etc. This will require your own means of transport (but we do have Uber, cabs, etc., and you can carpool). If we have a group of 20 or more, a group rate can be obtained, but we have to give at least two weeks’ advance notice ($2.80 for kids and seniors, $4.45 for adults vs. regular rates of $3.75 for kids and seniors, $6.00 for adults).


Monday night is free for all to enjoy dinner downtown and the you will want to register your guests for the Ice Cream Social at Orr Street Studios from 8-9:30 p.m. We have purposely keep the price to $5.00 per guest for this fun time to mingle and enjoy legendary Central Dairy ice cream.


Tuesday morning, July 16, 9-11:30 a.m., we will offer an option to visit to the Boone County Historical and Cultural Society and Maplewood Barn at Nifong Park. Personal transportation is required.


Tuesday afternoon, 1–5:30 p.m., could be spent indoors again touring for free the University’s Art and Archaeology Museum and Anthropology Museum, both located at Mizzou North.  We can arrange a docent to lead the tours, with a month’s notice (that’s June 15). Personal transportation is required.


So do plan to bring your guests with you to the conference. And we hope you come early or stay late to enjoy many of the experiences that Columbia, Mid-Missouri and the rest of the state offer.


If you have an interest in any of these options that Doris has put together or other questions about activities your guests might enjoy, please let Doris know before June 15 (the sooner the better) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Other than the Ice Cream Social registration, all of these require your communication with Doris.

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Chair's Update - Lions and Lambs

I've been reflecting on the old addage for March, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." March certainly has been a lion for many places around the US this year and I'm sure we're all hoping that the month ends in a more gentle, lamb-like fashion. This is particularly true to ease the burden of our friends and neighbors suffering through extreme temperature swings and flooding this season.

Since I live in Florida, I have the pleasure of a constant stream of northern guests through the month of March. It's wonderful to connect with family and friends and bring them a literal dose of sunshine during the deary late winter months. I'm very fortunate to have so many lifelong friends and close family members that make the trip. These connections, our own social captial, are the building blocks of communities and what we as practitioners of community development seek to build and support in the areas we serve.

Lions and lambs also convey symbolism of the weak and the strong, specifically of the weak becoming strong. For me, this also has relevenace to our shared work as so many of us are working with disempowered people - helping to bring out the voice of the lambs to stand toe to toe with the lions. We are often working to develop a community's social capital to enable their self determination - rise and rise again until lambs become lions. 

Board Activities Update

The board and it's committeess have been working together to continue the necessary transitions required with the now formally adopted bylaws, including shifts in scope and consolidation. Committees are working to further develop policies aligned with the new bylaws and further streamline our organization. 

The board approved the scholarship amounts.

2019 conference planning is underway. Accespted session proposals have been sent out, keynotes have been planned, mobile learning workshop development is moving along, and fundrasising is rocking and rolling!

2020 conference proposal for South Dakota was submitted to the board.

Staff search is underway.  

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Governing Non-profit Organizations

Governing Non-profit Organizations
Submitted by Margaret Stout
Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics
West Virginia University

With the publication of the revised bylaws of the Community Development Society in this edition of the Vanguard, some of us may have organizational governance on our minds. In simple terms, governance is the process of steering an organization by establishing policies and procedures and then making decisions accordingly. In a membership organization like CDS, the members establish the destination and the board of directors is responsible for making decisions about how best to get there. Ideally, the board receives ongoing guidance from committees composed of members so that ongoing input is used to chart the course and make course corrections when necessary.

It’s of value to note that many CDS members work in higher education—a realm of large bureaucracies with byzantine governance policies and procedures that govern academic and administrative domains. Those functions are then delegated according to different faculty and staff roles. However, many other CDS members work in non-profit organizations that are governed by a board of directors and operated by paid staff, often supported by outside service providers and consultants.

CDS governance has largely relied on volunteers who engage in service via the board of directors, standing organizational committees, and various operational ad hoc committees. Furthermore, CDS has relied heavily on contracted services to fulfill administrative needs. However, at some point in most non-profit organizations’ developmental path, increased professionalization is required to stabilize administrative and management functions and ensure organizational sustainability.

Both the previous and current board of directors believe that time has come for CDS. To more adequately support the volunteers and maintain stable operations, the board determined that a part-time Managing Director was needed, and Justin Dollard was hired to fulfill that role. Furthermore, the board decided in July 2018 that our organizational structure and Policies and Operational Guidelines needed a full review in order to move the board of directors from an operating model to a policy model of governance. This developmental process began in earnest at the October 2018 board retreat.

To clarify, an operating or working board of directors completes the lion’s share of organizational functions, including governance. A governance or policy board of directors focuses on steering the organization, while staff and contracted service providers do the work required to keep the organization moving on that course. This is not to say that a policy board no longer completes important operational functions. Rather, the balance shifts more toward governance and away from operations.

To support this style of governance, something more than an administrator is needed. Typically, non-profit organizations have an Executive Director who supports the board in setting policies and procedures and oversees or personally executes their implementation. As the revised bylaws indicate, this is the course CDS is now following and this chart will guide the board’s review of the Policies and Operational Guidelines. Stay tuned for ongoing information about our progress!

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President's Update - Love is

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"To bow to the fact of our life's sorrows and betrayals is to accept them and from this deep gesture we discover that all life is workable. As we learn to bow, we discover that the heart holds more freedom and compassion than we could imagine"

-Jack Kornfield

Writing this update on Valentine's Day forces a reflection on love and what it means to love. I came to the field of community development out of love. Love for people. A deep rooted desire to ensure all people in a community are loved and valued. This love may have also brought you here.

This desire, however, is not so simple. As we learn in all of our relationships, loving people is complicated. The ones we love can sometimes let us down, betray us, dismiss us, hurt us. Sometimes with intent and sometimes not. The trick for lasting relationships, the trick to community cohesion, the trick to love is to continue to engage with compassion.

Love is the essence of our work. Love pushes us forward. Love builds community.

Board activities update

In an effort to make continued change for the betterment of our organization, your board has been meeting once a month. In January, the board approved sweeping changes to the bylaws, which are included in the February Vanguard for your review. With their publication in the Vanguard, these become our current operating documents. The Policy and Governance Committee, chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., crafted the bylaws and will continue to work on related policy updates. The board also approved the shifting of some board and officer terms to accommodate structural changes in the new bylaws.

There are many changes afoot with the CDS business office. There is currently an RFP for IT services related to our website and our current Managing Director, Justin Fallon-Dollard, will be departing in the coming months to take on a new opportunity. We very much appreciate the work Justin has done for our organization and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 

The board approved the 2019 budget at the January board meeting. 


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Deadline Extended Request for Proposal: IT Support

Deadline Extended to March 4, 2019

CDS is seeking proposals from professionals and/or firms to provide annual IT support for its website and member management system.

The selected vendor will be required to manage and maintain the CDS internet presence to ensure optimal performance, efficiency and maximized uptime.

The CDS website and membership management system uses the Joomla Content Management System with EasySocial and membership fee payments are accepted through a link to PayPal. However, CDS is not bound to using the Joomla platform nor PayPal and will consider alternatives.

Please see Request-for-Proposal-010719-CDS-IT-Support.pdf for additional information.

Email any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Email proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address all proposals to:
Proposal-CDS IT Support
c/o Justin Dollard Managing Director
Community Development Society
7 Meadow Lane
Rochester, NY 14618

The deadline for CDS to receive proposals is March 4, 2019 5pm EST

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Community Participation in Health Programs or Self-care?

Submitted by Maryam Ahmadian
Affiliate Faculty
George Mason University
IACD&CDS Board Member and Director

Community participation does not only represent taking part in an action planned by health care professionals in a top-down approach. The concepts of health promotion, self-care and community participation also developed during in 1970s in the developed countries. The purpose of this short blog is to review community participation models in health proposed by Rifkin and to prompt the role of individual’s participation in the decision-making process towards preventive behaviors. It is not applied to formulate a single model to embody community participation in health programs. Furthermore, the previous models didn’t explicate other relevant factors (e.g. cultural, social, behavioral, economic, or structural) affecting community participation in health programs especially the power of self-care.

Another challenging issue is the boundary between participation and activity which is not measured in the quality of community participation in health programs. Rifkin (1991) stated that there are five levels of public participation in health programs as follows:(1) Health benefits (2) Program activities (3) Implementation (4) Monitor and evaluation (5) Planning. These approaches also restate the three models of community participation in health: compliance, contribution, and community control by Rifkin (1986). Conceptualizations of the models and levels of community participation in health programs are seldom scrutinized in previous studies, nevertheless community participation in health programs increasingly documented as a key factor to improve and maintain health interventions and its outcomes.

To understand the importance of self-care within community participation levels and models in health programs, this short blog places an emphasis on health benefits and compliance which underline on individual’s participation in health programs and people’s decision-making power which could be inclined to a partnership between health care professionals and individuals. In fact, self-care would provide the whole community with the capacity to cause sustainable changes at all levels, individual and community to achieve and maintain optimal health. It could benefit those especially who tolerate the greatest burden of chronic disease such as cancer diseases. Self-care, community participation in preventive programs, health empowerment and sustainability of health developments in preventive behaviors would alter this discussion further. Self-care has the potential to increase the intentions of individuals to perform preventive behaviors, which can promote early detection of cancer diseases.

Future research should evaluate targeted communication interventions for addressing self-care and seeking health benefits, patient’s compliance to health promotion recommendations for at-risk communities. Without any doubt, self-care as a first level or model of community participation in health makes individuals and the community engage in health activities to maintain their health and well-being.

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Meet the CDS Practice Editor

Submitted by Anne M. Cafer

Anne M. Cafer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. She also serves as Coordinator for the Community Based Research Collaborative housed within the UM Center for Population Studies, of which she is an affiliated researcher. She holds a BSc in both molecular biology and sociology, an MA in anthropology, and a PhD in Rural Sociology. She works primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Mississippi Delta. Her research uses a systems approach to examine community resilience and social change around food procurement, agricultural systems, environmental sustainability, and community health/nutrition at the community level, both domestically and internationally. She also has an interest in scholarship of teaching, specifically the impacts of community engaged learning on both community and student outcomes. Her advanced courses are community based participatory research courses where students are actively involved with community stakeholders to explore collaborative solutions to non-resilient systems. Dr. Cafer is a former Borlaug Scholar in Global Food Security, a member of the prestigious Rollins Society at the University of Missouri, and has worked as a consultant with groups such as Land O’Lakes International Development and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. She is also a Andrew Carnegie Fellowship nominee.

Her previous editorial experience includes founding and serving as Editor-in-Chief for a student run and targeted publication, Agrarian Frontiers: A Rural Studies Review, at the University of Missouri, as well as Assistant Editor for the Nebraska Anthropologist a publication of AnthroGroup, a student based organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her most recent editorial experience is serving as Guest Editor for Community Development for a special issue on community resilience, slated for the second issue of 2019. The nature of these publications has given her extensive experience in recruitment and solicitation of manuscripts, book reviews, and reviewers.

As editor, her vision for CD Practice is to consistently publish high quality, peer reviewed, practice-based pieces that address salient issues within community development practice and complement the types of scholarly work being published in Community Development, as well as increase readership of the publication. To this end she aims to publish two issues a year. The first, a themed issue around specific practice topics; second, an end-of-year issues that will include shorter practice related pieces from authors who have published in Community Development during that calendar year. As editor she looks forward to working with society members to promote their work! 

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President's Update - 50 looks good on you CDS!

Happy new year! Welcome 2019! What a joyous year for us here at CDS as it marks the official beginning of our 50th anniversary year celebrations! We have our homecoming conference, Coming Home to Cultivate the Future, coming up July 14-17 in Columbia, Missouri. What a perfect year to honor someone in our field who has made an outstanding contribution through an award (nominations due February 14)! I can't wait to see you in July and to see what the future has in store for us!

Meanwhile, your board has been busy working together to make sure our organization is ready to face the future. We have committees focused on revamping the bylaws and the structure of our organization, as well as preparing us a budget to ensure proper operations through our 50th year and beyond.

We are focused on growing our membership to reach those that have been with us over the years and the next generation of community developer. Our 50th anniversary and homecoming are the perfect time for outreach and we encourage our members to do the same. Will you commit to reaching out to one old colleague and one new to tell them about our annual conference? Imagine how robust our network would be and how lively our conference would be if each and every one of us did this! I'll be making my calls today!

Finally, thank you for your commitment to our field and to our organization. Without dedicated members like you, we would not have made it 50 years - Thank you!! Give yourself a nice little pat on the back - 50 years looks good on you CDS. 


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50th Anniversary Conference - Proposals Submitted, Volunteer Moderators needed, Key Note Speaker update

Submitted by Jane Leonard

And the submissions are in from around the world!

We’re happy to report we have over 100 Call for Proposal submissions in from 14 countries for the 2019 CDS Annual International Conference and 50th Anniversary celebration!

Countries represented are Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the USA). Submissions from the USA are from across the country, coast-to-coast – so a nice mix! 

Thanks everyone for getting the word out! Non-USA based presenters will be notified by Feb. 1, 2019; USA-based presenters notified by March 1, 2019

Volunteers needed for the 2019 Conference!

Make history! Be a 50th anniversary CDS volunteer! 

Serve as a moderator for one (or more) of the many concurrent break-out sessions we will have over the course of the July conference. Moderators get everyone started on time, welcome attendees and introduce presenters in the break-out room, and get everyone out the door on time. Contact Jane Leonard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping out!

Keynote Speaker Spotlight:

Tawanna Black, Founder & CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, will join us in Missouri as the keynote speaker on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

She is a nationally recognized thought leader well known for influencing, inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to transform a personal conviction for equality into actions that produce equitable and thriving communities.

Ms. Black has led the Northside Funders Group since 2013, a place-based, collective impact organization of 20 corporate, community and private foundations, and public-sector investors committed to aligning investments and strategies to catalyze racial and economic equity in North Minneapolis.

In 2018 she launched the Center for Economic Inclusion, an unprecedented cross-sector social enterprise committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region’s civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.

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2019 CDS Awards Open

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

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

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

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2018 Community Development Society Award Recipients


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

Student Recognition Award

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

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

Innovative Program Award

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

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

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

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

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

Outstanding Program Award

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

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

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

Outstanding Community Development Educator Award

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

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

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

Community Development Achievement Award

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

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

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

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

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award

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

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

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

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

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Meet Our Board - Huston Gibson

By Huston Gibson

Hello CDS! My name is Huston Gibson. I hold a PhD in Planning and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning at Kansas State University where I serve as the program Director for our online graduate certificate in and Master of Science in Community Development (M.S. CD). I also serve as Faculty Coordinator for the Great Plains IDEA Community Development online graduate program consortium, which our Community Development academic program is part. In addition to serving on the CDS Board of Directors I am also a U.S. country correspondent for the International Association of Community Development (IACD) and serving as guest editor for the March 2019 edition of Practice Insights, a special edition of the magazine focused on CD education. As a CDS board member, I am interested in the society’s foci and relationships related to the practice of community development, as a professional field and academic discipline.

I have a passion for helping create sustainable, resilient, and livable communities; I have worked domestically and internationally helping promote downtown viability, economic development, environmental conservation, ecological consciousness, social equity, land-use compatibility, housing options, public school quality, and neighborhood amenities.

As an academic I regularly speak at local, regional, national, and international events and I have published my work in multiple peer-reviewed outlets, including Community Development, the journal of the CDS. I have been a member of the CDS since 2014 when I attended my first conference in Dubuque that year, and I have attended every annual conference since. Hope to see you at the next one!

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President's update - Back to the Future

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As we are gearing up for our big 50th Anniversary celebration in Columbia, Missouri next July (be sure to get your proposals in by November 30!), this is an opportune time for reflection on our organization - who we are and where we want to go. Your board has been working on this, in particular revising our bylaws and considering the roles of officers, directors, and staff. Keep an eye out for your opportunity to weigh in on the process! In the meantime, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who are leading this process with any of your thoughts and concerns.

In October, the board discussed finances and staff to keep the organization running smoothly. We are very fortunate to have such a long-standing history of investment in our organization and so many members who care about the society. The discussion on these areas is ongoing and we can't wait to share with you how your leadership is taking this organization forward!

November is a month of thanks. I am very thankful for all our members. For the way that you contribute to our society. For the way that you work tirelessly to improve your communities. For the way that you lead our world. Thank you. Thank you for shining a light on community development and for lifting up us all.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share a bit of timeline and explanation of events that happened over the past couple of years. There have been many transitions in our organization as we all work together to carry forward. Because of these changes, there have been many questions about when, why, and how things have happened. In an effort to help communicate to our members around these transitions, I am writing about some of those items here - to the best of my recollection and using our board minutes as a guide. Hopefully this will help - here we go!

  • October 2016 - Conference proposal for El Paso 2018 withdrawn because of difficulty with institutional support
  • December 2016 - Call for proposals for 2018 conference hosts, although there was some interest the call ended with no concrete host proposals
  • December 2016 - AOM submitted contract renewal to the board 15 days ahead of contract expiration with 25% increase in fees
  • April 2016 - I put forth Detroit as a potential host location for 2018 although there was only 1 other active member from Detroit who was able to support the proposal (no institutional support). This was done to avoid losing members by not having a conference because a large proportion of our annual memberships come from new members and renewals associated with the conference.
  • June 2017 - 2016-2017 Board of Directors approves conference in Detroit and signs contract committing the organization to approximately $150,000 in costs to the host hotel
  • June 2017 - AOM and CDS officially part ways after Big Sky conference
  • June - October 2017  - Julie White, formerly of AOM, serves as interim administrator as Vice President of Operations Talmage lead board through development of Managing Director position and staff search
  • October 2017 - Board retreat in Detroit, conference planning on track, board tentatively agrees to re-shape officer roles and committees through revision of POG and bylaws
  • November 2017 - Justin Fallon-Dollard hired as CDS Managing Director
  • November 2017 - President Hains indicates work on bylaws and POG forthcoming to Executive Committee
  • January 2018 - Vice President of Operations Talmage presents summary of proposed bylaws changes to Board of Directors with digital response requested afterwards
  • February 2018 - Proposed bylaws changes were voted on and passed by the board, I expressed interest to properly communicate changes to membership with President Hains and Director Williams agreeing to take responsibility for
  • March 2018 - President Hains and Vice President of Operations Talmage resign
  • April 2018 - Board of Directors agree to revert back to operating under 2004 bylaws because bylaw changes passed in February 2018 had not been published in Vanguard, as required for implementation according to 2004 bylaws
  • April 2018 - Vice President of Programs Cindy Banyai ascends to President as prescribed by 2004 bylaws and confirmed by Board of Directors
  • May 2018 - Jane Leonard appointed by Board of Directors to vacant Vice President of Operations position
  • July 2018 - Conference held at provisional location in Detroit

Although this may not be a comprehensive timeline, I hope that it helps to clarify the timing of events to bring a better understanding of our organization's leadership and management transitions. I am happy to continue discussing these or any other items of concern that our members may have. Please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call/text (239) 464-6976. I'm listening.

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Columbia, MO - CDS 50th Anniversary Conference Location

From Como Ave, Minnesota to CoMo in the heart of Missouri, USA.

By Jane Leonard, CDS 2019 annual conference program chair

I live in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, a few blocks away from Como Ave, and not too far away from Como Lake, so when I attended the CDS Board Meeting in Columbia, Missouri last month, I was curious about all the references there to “CoMo.” Sometimes I’m a little slow on the “aha”, but once I got it, I was utterly charmed by the term of endearment for the city that we from CDS will all call home next July 14-17, 2019, for the 50th anniversary and homecoming of our association, and our annual international conference.

As the Columbia Visitors Bureau aptly points out, Columbia, MO is “what you unexpect!” And being someone who loves intact, walkable, and diverse downtowns, I was unexpectedly pleased with the great vibe in CoMo, the beautiful campus of Mizzou - the University of Missouri, and the extra friendly people all around.

In July, we’ll be in the Alumni Center on campus for the conference program, with lodging nearby at The Broadway downtown near the north end of campus, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia (near the Tiger Stadium and south end of campus). Shuttles, scooters, bikes, and short walks will get you around (and there’s a parking garage right next to the Alumni Center, too).

I can’t say enough good things about our Local Host Committee of Missourians who have every logistical detail in hand. You will have an extraordinary time! Please make plans to come, and please share your experiences, ideas, and/or research by submitting a presentation proposal to the program committee by November 15! It’s easy and it’s online at Coming Home to Cultivate the Future.   

So whether you are from the Como neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, or Lake Como, Italy, or anywhere in between, plan to head to CoMo this summer, where together “We’re Columbia…What You Unexpect!”

And checkout the Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens College – just happening this past weekend in Columbia. For some reason I love that name, too!

Maps & Directions

Columbia Accolades

Community Resources

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CD Practice Editor Position

The Community Development Society (CDS) is seeking a qualified, proactive, and creative candidate for the volunteer position of Editor of the Community Development (CD) Practice publication, effective immediately.


Check out the CD Practice Editor position description for more information!

Community Development Practice: The Community Development (CD) Practice is an online-only, peer-reviewed publication of the Community Development Society. It presents innovative approaches, tools, and techniques that can be readily applied by community engaged researchers, community development practitioners, applied researchers and pracademics. The purpose of Community Development Practice is to describe and promote appropriate and useful tools, resources and practice(s) for all aspects of community development. Readers of Community Development Practice papers should be able to take lessons from, adapt, and/or use the tools, resources and practice(s) described. All presented tools, resources and practice(s) must be grounded in community development (or other related fields) theories, frameworks and/or methods that have a demonstrated record of positive impact in/for communities. We especially welcome submissions focused on innovations in practice. 

Community Development Practice focuses much more on the “how” of strategy and implementation, including key ingredients for success and pitfalls to avoid. Community Development Practice submissions should be aligned with the Community Development Society’s Principles of Good Practice (provided) and should clearly document methodology, data-driven results, success stories, resources and/or lessons learned. Citations of research and resources are expected in every manuscript. Successful submissions and published manuscripts should also reference the Community Development Society Principles of Good Practice.


Please email Communication Committee Co-Chairs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you!

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Grants - October 2018


Updated October 16, 2018

The grants listed below represent a small selection of United States Government grants which may be of interest to the Community Development Society membership. There are many other departments and grant options which can be viewed at For regular updates, the site offers a notification and saved search options. Please verify the grant details and deadline on the official website.



USDA: Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Fiscal Year 2019

October 25

USDA: Farm to School Training and Curricula

November 26

HHS: Rural Residency Planning and Development Program

November 30

USDA: Farm to School Grant

December 4

HHS: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

December 21

HHS: National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships

January 24, 2019

HHS: Rural Health and Economic Analysis


March 25, 2019
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October Data Viz

Understanding Neighborhoods

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Meet Our Board - Daniela Mattos

Prepared by Daniela Mattos

My name is Daniela Mattos and I currently serve as a CDS Board member. I am also a Professor of Practice and Director of the Rural Economic and Community Vitality Program at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I received my PhD in Community Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and my master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo.

I was born and raised in a small farming community in the southeast part of Brazil. Growing up there gave me the opportunity to experience and value all the nuances of rural life. As a child I enjoyed the freedom, slow-pace, and safety provided by my community. But then came the “progress”! I witnessed the fast transformation of farms primarily dedicated to growing several products for local and regional consumption (rice, beans, corn, coffee, cattle, etc.) to highly specialized, mechanized, and competitive commodity farming, and more recently their turn to the intensive production of sugarcane to feed the large ethanol and sugar plants surrounding my hometown. Being part of this change launched my interest in rural communities and the economic/social challenges and opportunities they face as a consequence of “progress”. Since 2006, my work has focused on developing better strategies to revitalize rural communities and economies and declining cities and towns through more effective decision-making approaches and fostering strategies for improving citizen participation to address local issues.

In 2014, I was hired by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to teach courses related to Community Economic Development and develop an online certificate in Rural Economic and Community Vitality (pending final approval). I also teach in the Great Plains IDEA- Community Development Masters’ Program. In general my courses provide students with a firm grounding in the reality of the local/regional economy necessary for successful programs in community economic development and for designing effective local and regional policy and programming in economic development.

I joined CDS because I believe it is the best way for me to get involved with the things that I am passionate about and meet other people with the same passion. I enjoy meeting and learning from experts in the field and CDS provides different ways to access and interact with fellow members from all walks of life and places. I am excited to work with all members of CDS to honor the past work of our members and prepare for future challenges and opportunities in the field of community development.

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