The Community Development Society in conjunction with Routledge/Taylor & Francis is pleased to present this series on current issues in community development. The series is designed to present books organized around special topics or themes, promoting exploration of timely and relevant issues impacting both community development practice and research. Building on a rich history of more than 40 years of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the Current Issues Book Series will provide reprints of special issues and collections from the Journal.


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There is no additional cost to attend a pre-conference workshop, however registration is required.

Collaborative Local Governance: Applying Deliberative Methods to Address Community Challenges

Bill Rizzo, University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center

Eric Giordano, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service

Traditional, ‘top-down’ approaches to local governance often separate elected officials and citizens rather than bringing them together to address local challenges and opportunities. A corresponding erosion of civility, within government and across communities, and diminished levels of trust of government have combined to disconnect citizens, local government, and community-serving organizations from one other. During this workshop, participants will examine, as well as experience, collaborative approaches for restoring these connections.

This will be a highly interactive session. To begin, participants will be provided with a conceptual framework and associated content for convening and leading local deliberative activities. Methods of citizen engagement, issue naming and framing, and dialogue and deliberation will be covered, in detail. Participants will then examine case studies, consider a range of deliberation and engagement techniques, and construct their own ‘practice’ frameworks for bringing to communities a civil, collaborative approach to local problem-solving and policy development. Well-established public engagement guides and tools from the International Association for Public Participation, the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums, the Public Conversations Project, and other organizations will be used to help participants integrate an array of engagement approaches into their thinking and practice. 

Tech Tools for Community Development

Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting and Wisconsin Rural Partners

At its core, success in community development work depends largely on effective communication. However it is a continual battle to stay abreast of the latest advances in communication technology. 

This workshop will introduce a broad range of technology tools that can aid community development practitioners to work more effectively, with an emphasis on free and low-cost tools. Using an interactive approach to learning, Dennis will highlight tools to help with project management, online input and feedback, social media management and information dissemination. Participants will learn how to set up their own project web site, create and manage online discussions, manage social media streams and gather and use data from online sources. The session will also cover “tips, tricks and traps” to help users choose the right technology tools and apply them most efficiently. 

Participants should plan to bring a laptop to get the most out of this hands-on seminar. 

Community Coaching Chautauqua

Dan Kahl, Kansas State University 

Jane Leonard, Community Development Consultant

Mary Emery, South Dakota State University

Community coaching is an emerging approach to building citizen capacity for affecting community change. Community coaching builds on ideas and skills for interpersonal communication, group dynamics, and the field of community development to create a new role from which to support coalitions and local groups in their community change efforts. The situations where community coaching has been embraced; the philosophies of the role of the coach; and the methods and tools incorporated in community coaching all vary greatly. 

This Chautauqua is a gathering of practitioners and researchers with interest in this emerging practice in community development. This session will encourage sharing of ideas, stories, and resources in an effort to better document and understand what we are learning about Community Coaching.

An Innovative Teaching Tool to Build Entrepreneurial Communities

John Gruidl, Western Illinois University 

Paul Schuytema, City of Monmouth, Illinois

Many community leaders now realize that supporting entrepreneurs is crucial for their community’s success. Yet they often are unaware of what actions can be taken locally to improve their “entrepreneurial ecosystem”. In this workshop, participants will learn an innovative way to teach the ingredients of a strong ecosystem through playing a serious game, Up & Out: Entrepreneurship Edition ( Playing the game in a community setting leads participants into a rich discussion of the community’s current ecosystem and possible improvements. This game-based approach is being used extensively in an entrepreneurship assessment and planning project in Missouri. 

During the workshop, we will play Entrepreneurship Edition together, discuss how this game is currently being used in communities and classrooms, and seek feedback from participants as to how the game can be improved and applied elsewhere. Furthermore, we will offer participants the opportunity for a free six-month license of the game. Start the conference with a fun game and rich discussion about entrepreneurship!

Humanizing Community Innovation: New Strategies for Creative and Collaborative Development Practice

Ted Alter, Penn State University 

Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting and Wisconsin Rural Partners

Michael W-P Fortunato, Sam Houston State University

Bryan Hains, University of Kentucky 

Ron Hustedde, University of Kentucky 

Craig Talmage, Arizona State University

Innovation is a popular buzzword among entrepreneurs and government leaders alike, but for a community to truly become innovative, it must first harness the imagination, talent, emotion, and creativity of its citizens. For communities seeking to solve problems locally, bringing citizens together in a constructive context requires an approach that is as innovative as the intended outcomes. In this workshop, participants will learn four innovative approaches to stimulating and enhancing community innovation: improving diversity by engaging conflict, harnessing emotion, storytelling and creating community narratives, and using jazz music as a community innovation technique. 

The workshop will take the format of an engaged role-play exercise, with participants learning new community innovation techniques as they simultaneously encounter the excitement and challenges of trying new approaches in an applied setting. Throughout, participants will work through innovation strategies while being coached by facilitators regarding the emotional, physical, and technological challenges of collective innovation.

Downtown and Business District Market Analysis: An Economic Roadmap to Commercial District Renaissance

Bill Ryan, University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development

Jenny Garner, University of Illinois Extension

Josh Clements, Iowa Extension 

Downtown and Business District Market Analysis As small cities throughout the Midwest continue to recover from the Great Recession, they face changes in both their consumers and competition. Some of the changes provide opportunities for new products and services that complement downtown’s unique character. An understanding of the market is a prerequisite for evaluating these opportunities. This session will provide instruction on how a community study group can use the Downtown and Business District Market Analysis toolbox to create an economic development roadmap. Participants will work through examples related to trade area determination, demographics and lifestyle analysis, survey and focus group techniques, and business demand/supply analyses. Participants will learn how these tools can lead to business retention, expansion, recruitment and other action steps. Examples of how communities in the region are using the toolbox will be discussed.



The Mighty Mississippi: Connecting the Midwest with the World

Learn from people living and working on the river the importance of this great waterway to transportation and the economy of the entire upper Midwest. Discuss the future of the river and hear about plans to rebuild the infrastructure necessary to keep commerce flowing. Look for bald eagles and other wildlife while learning about the National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Get an inside peek at the operations of the engineering feat that is Lock and Dam #11, as well as a glimpse of river history, lock and dam operations, river hazards, and more.

Cost: $30

Length: 90 minutes

Minimum capacity: 25

Maximum capacity: 35

Notes: Boat has bench seating, covered roof, and open sides.

Requirements: Must be US Citizen. Closed-toe shoes are required. Cameras and purses/bags are not allowed inside the lock, but may be kept on the motor coach.


Local Food Systems as a Catalyst for Community Development

Learn the many facets of how a local food system can be a community builder by promoting economic development, improving food access for more people, enhancing workforce development, and providing cultural opportunities including agritourism. In Wisconsin, visit Hook’s Cheese Company and Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen food processing facility in Mineral Point, and the Driftless Market—a grocery, restaurant, art gallery, and gathering space—in Platteville. See how residents benefit from eating fresh produce and reconnecting with nature by working in the garden at the Dubuque Rescue Mission.

Cost: $10

Length: 4 hours, 50 minutes

Maximum capacity: 35

Notes: Travel by motor coach


Driftless Area Community Development

See public-private partnerships and resident-led community development in action in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Learn about the region’s geological history during a scenic trek along the Great River Road, which plays an important role in community and economic development. In Wisconsin, sample food and refreshments at the Potosi Brewery, home of the National Brewery Museum, and learn about the volunteer-operated café and community-led riverfront development in Cassville. Take the Cassville Ferry to Guttenberg, Iowa, to see how the Mississippi River is being leveraged as an economic development resource.

Cost: $20

Length: 4.5 hours

Maximum capacity: 50

Notes: Travel by motor coach


Ghosts of Dubuque’s Past in a Renaissance City

Explore buildings, places, and stories about the history of people, culture, natural resources, industry and transportation that established Dubuque as a thriving economic hub on the Upper Mississippi River. Learn about the driving forces in the emergence of this city on the river from the early 1800s and its economic transformations to the present day. See the evidence of opportunity and risk through economic revolutions in the city over time and learn how historic structures relate to a value-added modern infrastructure connected to a sustainability ethic. 

Cost: $10

Length: 2 hours

Maximum capacity: 25

Notes: Travel by city trolley, some walking—comfortable shoes and attire recommended

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project

This ongoing public-private creek restoration project was designed to protect 1,000+ residential properties from storm-water flood damage. The project includes a greenway with recreational space and amenities (including multiuse trails, an amphitheater, rain gardens and wetlands) that connects the Bee Branch and Washington neighborhoods with the riverfront, and restores many residences and older structures in the neighborhood. Tour the storm management project area and the surrounding neighborhood and learn from city and neighborhood representatives about the community engagement process.

Cost: $10

Length: 2 hours

Maximum capacity: 25

Notes: Travel by city trolley, some walking—comfortable shoes and attire recommended

Galena: History, Tourism, and the Local Economy

View Hopewell Native American ceremonial and burial mounds at Gramercy Park Effigy Mounds in East Dubuque, IL. Park volunteers will discuss the importance of the mounds to the ancient inhabitants of this area. Next, take a guided tour of Galena, IL, including historic sites such as Carnegie Library, Grant’s Home, and several historic mansions, as well as the bustling business district. Learn how local leadership, businesses, and engaged citizens worked together to embrace the past but move the community forward, resulting in its transformation from a mining town in decline to a vibrant tourist destination. The tour concludes with shopping in historic Downtown Galena.

Cost: $20

Length: 4.5 hours

Maximum capacity: 25

Notes: Travel by motor coach, some walking—comfortable shoes and attire recommended



CDS 2014 Conference 

July 20-23, 2014

Dubuque, IA

Registration Rates:

Early Bird Rates available until June 20

Early Bird Member $319

Early Bird Non-Member* $449

Early Bird Student Member $209

Early Bird Student Non-Member* $269

Retiree/Guest $169

After June 20:

Regular Member $369

Regular Non-Member* $499

Regular Student Member $269

Regular Student Non-Member* $319

*includes CDS Electronic Membership for 2014-15 

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Schedule at a Glance


Sunday July 20, 2014

8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration

9:00 am – 12:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshops

Collaborative Local Governance: Applying Deliberative Methods to Address Community Challenges - Bill Rizzo, University of Wisconsin-­‐Extension Local Government Center and Eric Giordano, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service

Tech Tools for Community Development - Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting and Wisconsin Rural Partners

Community Coaching Chautauqua - Dan Kahl, Kansas State University, Jane Leonard, Community Development Consultant, and Mary Emery, South Dakota State University

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Pre-Conference Workshops

Community Coaching Chautauqua (cont.)

An Innovative Teaching Tool to Build Entrepreneurial Communities - John Gruidl, Western Illinois University and Paul Schuytema, City of Monmouth, Illinois

Humanizing Community Innovation: New Strategies for Creative and Collaborative Development Practice - Ted Alter, Penn State University, Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting and Wisconsin Rural partners, Michael W-­‐P Fortunato, Sam Houston State University, Bryan Hains, University of Kentucky, Ron Hustedde, University of Kentucky, and Craig Talmage, Arizona State University

Downtown and Business District Market Analysis: An Economic Roadmap to Commercial District Renaissance - Bill Ryan, University of Wisconsin-­Extension Center for Community and Economic Development, Jenny Garner, University of Illinois Extension, and Josh Clements, Iowa Extension

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm             International Committee Reception (Hotel Julien)

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm             Opening Night Welcome Reception (Hotel Julien)
                                        Sponsor Appreciation & Past President’s Celebration – Sponsored by Iowa Community Development                                          Authority
                                        Speaker: Mayor Roy Buol, Dubuque, Iowa

Monday, July 21, 2014

7:00 am – 8:00 am    Breakfast & Networking

7:30 am – 6:00 pm    Registration

8:00 am – 6:00 pm    Exhibits & Silent Auction open

8:00 am – 8:15 am   Welcome to Dubuque
                              Speaker: Rick Dickinson, President and CEO, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation

8:15 am – 9:15 am  Keynote Address 

Grow Your Own: Entrepreneurship Based Economic Development  Speaker: Dell Gines, Kansas City Federal Reserve

9:15 am – 9:45 am Break & Silent Auction

9:45 am – 11:15 am Concurrent Session I

11:15 am – 12:30 pm Poster Sessions

12:30 pm -5:30 pm    Mobile Learning Workshops (Box Lunches Provided)

    • The Mighty Mississippi: Connecting the Midwest with the World
    • Galena: History, Tourism and the Local Economy
    • Ghosts of Dubuque’s Past in a Renaissance City
    • Driftless Area Community Development
    • Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project
    • Local Food Systems As A Catalyst For Community Development

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Evening Event at Mississippi River Aquarium

Tuesday July 22, 2014

7:30 am – 6:00 pm        Registration

7:00 am – 8:00 am       Breakfast and Committee Roundtable Meetings

8:00 am – 5:00 pm       Exhibits & Silent Auction

8:00 am – 9:00 am       Keynote Presentation 

Helping to Clean America’s Rivers: From the Bottom Up  Speaker: Chad Pregracke, Living Lands and Waters

9:15 am – 10:45 am    Concurrent Session II

10:45 am – 12:15 pm  Concurrent Session III

12:30 pm – 2 pm Lunch, Presidential Address and Business Meeting

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions IV

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm Break & Silent Auction

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm TBD

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Reception, Awards Banquet and Silent Auction

Wednesday July 23, 2014

8:00 am – 11:30 am Registration

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast & Networking

8:00 am – 9:30 am Concurrent Sessions V

9:30 am - 10:00 am On Your Own Break & Hotel Checkout

10:00 am – 11:30 am Concurrent Session VI

11:45 am – 1:00 pm    Closing Luncheon & Keynote Presentation

Civil Discourse & Passionate Impartiality
Speaker: Martin Carcason, Colorado State University


Conference 2015

28 April 2014

horse-farm goshen kentuckyCDS 2015 Conference

July 19-22, 2015

Hilton Lexington Downtown 

Lexington, Kentucky 


2015 Annual Meeting of the Community Development Society

Hilton Lexington Downtown

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



By all measures, the CDS 2015 Conference, in Lexington, Kentucky was an unqualified success.  Almost 350 registrants from more than eleven countries gathered to share experiences and learn from each other.  Be sure to mark your calendar now for the 2016 CDS Conference, July 24-27 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Conference Program here.

Conference photos here.

Conference Presentation PowerPoints

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Track 7

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