Innovative Program Award

04 February 2018 Written by 
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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.

  • Must be a current member of CDS; if the award is made to a team, at least one member of the team must be a current member of CDS
  • Overview and description of the program
  • Program implementation follows or applies CDS’s Principles of Good Practice
  • Program demonstrates creativity or innovation
Past Innovative Program Award Recipients:
  • 2021 Brian Raison
  • 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Prosperous Communities Initiative
  • 2018 West Virginia Recruitable Communities
  • 2018 West Virginia University (Northern WV Brownfields Center) Bad Buildings Program
  • 2017 E-Discovery Challenge, University of Kentucky
  • 2017 FutureMakers Coalition, Southwest Florida Community Foundation
  • 2016 Strengthening Skills for Leading Others, Community and Economic Development Initative of Kentucky (CEDIK)
  • 2015 Community Heart & Soul, The Orton Foundation
  • 2014 Community Arts Program, University of Missouri Extension
  • 2014 Marketing Hometown America, UNL, NDSU and SDSU Extension
  • 2013 Great Community Book Read Program, South Dakota State University
  • 2012 Kansas Pride
  • 2010 Latino Farmers and Local Multicultural Food and Marketing Systems
  • 2009 The Southern Entrepreneurship Program through the University of
  • 2008 University of MO Extension Community and Economic and Southern Mississippi Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED)
  • 2008 Prince Albert and Area Community Against Family Violence
  • 2007 West Cork Leader Coop, Ian Dempsey
  • 2005 Community Progress Initiative, Connie Loden
  • 2004 Hometown Competitiveness Program, Heartland Center for Leadership Development
  • 2003 Progress Western Australia
  • 2002 Access Main Street (MN)
  • 2000 University of Georgia Economic Development Program
  • 1999 Community Development Academy, University of Missouri
  • 1999 Learning Communities, Regional Sustainability and the Learning Society International Symposium – Community Development Workshop, Australia
  • 1998 “How to Get the Help Your Home Town Needs,” The Heartland Center for Leadership Development
  • 1997 Kentucky Certified Community Partnership
  • 1995 Community & Rural Development Division, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • 1994 Saskatchewan Rural Futures Project Land
  • 1993 Crossett Adopt-A-School Program
  • 1993 Superior Days (Wisconsin) Development
  • 1992 Rural Partners: The Illinois Coalition for Rural Community Development
  • Vision 2010 (NE)
  • Vision 2010 (AR)
  • Peace Corps Fellows Program of Western Illinois University
  • Vision 2010 Partnership (AR)


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