Monday, July 21, 2014

12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The Mighty Mississippi: Connecting the Midwest with the World - $30.00

Galena: History, Tourism and the Local Economy - $ 20.00

Ghosts of Dubuque’s Past in a Renaissance City- $10.00

Driftless Area Community Development -$20.00

Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project - $10.00

Local Food Systems as a Catalyst for Community Development - $10.00

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, July 22, 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 

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

Community Coaching Chautauqua (cont.)

Up & Out: The Community--‐Building Game - 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 

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

Wednesday, July 23, 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 – 9:15 am Welcome and 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

• 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

Thursday, July 24, 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

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

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

9:00 pm – ??? President Reception

Friday, July 25, 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

Speaker: Martin Carcason, Colorado State University, Civil 

Discourse & Passionate Impartiality






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 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

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




This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research that exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will recognize research that reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the research process. Only one Outstanding Research Award may be bestowed by the Society each year.

Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award Recipients:

2016 David Campbell

2015 Ted Alter

2011 Ted Lyons

2010 John Green

2009 Deborah Markley

2006 Norman Walzer

2005 Cornelia Butler Flora

2002 Edward J. Blakely

2001 Ronald Shaffer

This 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.

Student Recognition Award Recipients:

2015 Laurel Goodman

2013 Mark Porth

2010 Kenneth Sherin

2009 Karen Blewett

2006 Christina Vasquez Case

2004 Shawn Kaskie

1996 Anne Stelling

1995 Deanne Hackman

1994 Patricia Fisher

1992 Susan Maher

1991 Karl Demarce

1990 Larry Dersham

1989 Timothy O. Borich

1987 Lela Vandenberg

1987 Rafiqul Khan

1985 Tom Hirsch

1995 Deanne Hackman

1994 Patricia Fisher

1992 Timothy T. Conner

1991 Karl DeMarce

1990 Larry Desham

1989 Timothy Borich

1987 Lela Vandenberg

1987 Rafiqul Khan

1985 Tom Hirsch


This 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. The award will recognize a program that reflects the Principles of Good Practice throughout the implementation process.

Outstanding Program Award Recipients:

2017 Island Institute Fellows Program of Rockland Maine

2016 The Futures Program of the University of Minnesota Extension

2015 AIA Communities by Design

2013 Stronger Economies Together

2012 Community Development Council

2010 Saving Our Grocery Stores, Saving Our Communities: K-State’s Rural Grocery Initiative

2009 Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute

2008 Center for Urban Studies, Buffalo, NY

2007 University of Missouri Community Emergency Management Program

2006 Linking Child Care and Economic Development, Mildred Warner

2005 Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs’ MAPPING the Future of Your 

2004 Vision 2010 Partnership Program (AR)


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

Innovative Program Award Recipients:

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)


This 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.

Friend of Community Development Award Recipients:

2016 Gavin Rennie

2015 Claire McGowan

2015 Brian Fogle

2014 Tami Fischer

2013 Ed Levy

2010 Randolph Cantrell

2009 Dr. Robert Moses

2008 Jean Burkhardt

2005 Dr. Karl Stauber

2004 Shu Kexin

2003 David Allee (posthumous)

2002 Gary Craig

2000 Sue Rickards

1998 John “Jake” P. Mascotte

1997 F. W. Fanning (posthumous)

1995 Harry Martin

1993 Bob Harvener

1991 Lorraine and Dick Marais

1989 C. Brice Ratchford

1988 William D. Lontz

1987 Charles F. Koval

1987 William D. Lontz

1984 Paul J. Comer, Jr.

Paul Eberts


This 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. Current officers and Board members are not eligible for this award.

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

2013 Jane Leonard

2012 Mary Emery

2011 Alan Kirk

2010 Ron Hustedde

2009 Anne Heinze Silvis

2006 Ken Pigg

2005 Jerry Wade

2003 Linda Sunde

2002 Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.

2001 John Gulick

2000 George Nickolaus

1999 William “Bill” Kimball

1998 Mark Settle

1998 Jack Timmons

1997 Jane Leonard

1997 Moneica West

1996 Margaret Hickman

1995 Rex LaMore

1994 Kristin Kauth

1993 Nan Booth

1992 Gary W. King

1991 Harold Baker

1991 Donald W. Littrell

1990 Jane Janey

1990 Bruce Sorter

1989 Edward J. Blakely

1989 John A. Quinn

1988 John D. Rohrer

1987 Thomas N. Hobgood, Jr.

1987 Curtis E. Gear Jr

1986 Delwyn A. Dyer

1986 Glen C. Pulver

1985 Ronald C. Powers

1985 Duane L. Gibson

1985 Almeda L. Ritter

1985 Richard M. Thomas (posthumous )

1984 Marie Arnot Fischer

1984 Lee J. Cary


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