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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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October Data Viz

Understanding Neighborhoods

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Meet Our Board - Daniela Mattos

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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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President's Update - Seasons of change

President's Update - Seasons of change

Hello Community Developpers! It's fall in North America and there seems to be an eagerness to push forward toward the hardiness of fall, shedding the carefree days of summer. Your board was fortunate enough to have some amazing fall weather at our annual retreat at the site of our 50th Annual International Conference at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The local host committee, represented by Mary Leuci and Anita Dunning, were fabulous hosts, even coordinating a potluck with local CDS members and friends - what a treat! We thank them for their hospitality and are very excited about our 2019 conference!

Program Chair, our Vice President of Programs, Jane Leonard, also spent time with the local host committee preparing for the conference. Thank you for your work ad leadership on this Jane! She noted that the proposal process is under preparation and will launch soon - stay tuned for that! 

Otherwise, the board hunkered down for a workshop that focused mostly on restructuring the roles and responsibilities of the officers  and committees and their conveyance with our recently hired staff. The board also agreed upon its regular meeting schedule - every third Friday of the month at 6:00pm eastern, starting on October 19. Agenda items, motions, proposals, and reports are due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the first Friday of the month to be included in the meeting.

The board also mapped out priority areas and topics related to policy and governance for the meetings. Priority areas for October include staff contracts, the Taylor and Francis contract, and freeing up operational funding for CDS operations. November's focus areas are the FY2019 budget and voting on bylaw changes resulting from the board retreat workshop. 

The board also voted to formally approve Lisa Gilchrist as the Vanguard Editor and Kurt Mantonya to the board of directors to fill one of the two vacant seats. Lisa will also serve on the board of directors in an ex-officio capacity as outlined by our Policies and Operations Guidelines (POG). Welcome!

There remains one additional vacant seat on the CDS board of directors. At the retreat, the board voted to leave the remaining seat open until the elections in spring 2019.

Additionally, the board voted on the creation of ad hoc committees to make reccommendations to the board. The Policy Governance Committee is chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Staff Search Committee is chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please feel free to reach out to the committee chairs, if you wish to be involved.  As noted earlier, both of these topics are the focus of upcoming board meetings. In particular, the board directed the Policy and Governance Committee to update the bylaws, as per the discussion at the board meeting on Saturday, October 6, with the intention of voting on them in November and begin operating under them as of December after their full publication in the Vanguard. 

Thank you to the board for their focused work during the retreat!

As always, please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have any question or concerns. I'm listening.

 

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