14 February 2014

CDS Business Office

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Contact our business office for more information and membership.

Membership Upgrade Includes New Services,

New Dues Options

Dear CDS Members:

The CDS is your professional organization, and we are dedicated to finding the most effective ways we can support you in CD practice, teaching, and research activities. In our membership survey last spring you suggested ways to improve CDS services and during the past six months, we have been implementing positive changes to expand services for CDS members.

  • Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, published quarterly since 2006, will offer five issues per year beginning in 2012. The Journal continues to enrich its content, with more articles in each issue, and it is now archived on-line, making it easier to search.  A book series on innovative practices in community development has been launched this year to help CD practitioners remain current with the literature.
  • A regular Webinar series offered by CDS, and often in partnership with other organizations, is drawing ever-increasing participation from members (who receive special membership savings) and non-members alike.
  • The expanded monthly Vanguard e-newsletter informs members of current happenings, and provides a direct link to related activities and valuable information sources.
  • The CD Practice Series is active again and will provide information about promising practices for use in the day-to-day activities of community development professionals.
  • The CDS Endowment, thanks to the efforts of the Roots and Wings Campaign, will provide three scholarships in 2011 for members and students to participate in our annual international conference. Continued growth in the Endowment will provide more scholarships and other benefits to our members in the coming years.
  • The 2010 and 2011 annual international conferences have been co-sponsored with sister organizations opening new professional opportunities and networks – both domestic and international – to CDS members. Our conference is in Boise, Idaho in 2011 and Cincinnati, Ohio in 2012.
  • Social networking by CDS is expanding, with access to Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and other emerging venues, making it easier for our members to access and share information needed in their daily practices.

The value of your membership has increased and we recognize how important it is to justify costs in these difficult budget times. While expanding and updating services, the CDS Board also reduced organizational costs where possible. Cost-saving steps include finding lower-cost conference venues, renegotiating the administrative management and Journal publishing contracts, and taking fuller advantage of electronic rather than print communications for members and the public. The Board of Directors has assumed more personal responsibility for costs of attending meetings, conference calls, and related board activities.

CDS has not raised dues for the past four years but we have to adjust them for 2011 to cover the costs of expanded services. Discounts are offered to students, retirees, households, and now any member who chooses to receive electronic-only versions of the CDS Journal. The dues schedule for 2011 is shown below, and is also posted on the CDS web site ( The revised schedule provides members with a money-saving option to subscribe to the Journal on an on-line basis only or to continue to receive print copies. CDS dues are competitive with other professional associations and we provide more member benefits.

Maintaining CDS as a high quality and useful professional organization requires adapting to changing circumstances. As first and second generation members retire, CDS must be an organization that offers services relevant to the next generations of community developers, and one that offers up-to-date resources and support to the field of community development. We would like to hear your ideas about ways to enhance the Society and encourage your active involvement  – as a member, presenter, author, reviewer, committee member, or board officer – while we move forward into the next decade.


Best wishes,

Norman Walzer


CDS 2011 Dues, by Membership Category



Dues Effective July 2011


Dues Effective July 2011

Regular - E


Regular - P


Student - E

$  65

Student - P

$  75

Household - E


Household - P


Retiree - E

$  95

Retiree - P


E-Members can read and/or download the CDS Journal copies from the CDS web site, but will not receive printed copies of theJournal.

P-Members can read and/or download the CDS Journal copies from the CDS web site, plus they receive printed copies of the Journal



CDS Bylaws

12 September 2011

To view the CDS Bylaws, CLICK HERE.

CDS: Preparing for 2012 and Beyond

Click here for the 2010-2011 CDS President Norman Walzer's insight on the Community Development Society's present and future.

2012 Conference

Celebrating Community:  Sustaining Community

Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

July 21-25, 2012

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Kingsgate Marriott - University of Cincinnati





Conference Program

CDS 2012 Conference Presentations - PDFs

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6



Thank you CDS 2012 International

Conference Sponsors!

 Community Promoter

Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Foundation Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation


National Cooperatives Business Association


Printing and Opening Keynote

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


Community Advocate

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky


Place Matters

Miami University Hamilton

Community Builder



Regional Rural Development Center

Grand Canyon University

University of Missouri Extension


Uptown Cincinnati


Dear Colleagues...

If you are tired of reading trashy novels and mysteries and looking for something more to think about, choose a book from the Current Book Review List to read and review.  Your review wil be published in Community Development Journal of the Community Development Society. Choose several books from the list, then send me a note at my email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your mailing address and the list of books you would like to review. Send me several choices, in case your first choice has alread been assigned. I will send you the book and the guidelines for review. You will have about eight weeks to complete the reveiw. And you will get to keep the book! 

Current Book Review List

Anne H. Silvis

Book Review Editor Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society

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CDS Calendar

03 March 2011

To view the CDS Calendar, CLICK HERE.

October 2011

President’s Update

We have only a little over a week before the call for papers is due for the Annual Conference of the Community Development Society.  The meetings are scheduled for July 21-25, 2012 at the Kingsgate Marriott in Cincinnati, OH.  The theme of the conference is Sustaining Community Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  At this year's conference, we will be joined by Co-ops USA.  This dynamic organization will share presentations and a track at the conference.  It is expected that their contribution will tie beautifully with that of CDS members' research, outreach, and practice.

The ever changing world needs community development.  The Community Development Society stands ready to fill a void left by shrinking budget cuts to services once covered by government programs, global political shifts, and global economic instability.  As a member of the CDS, members stay abreast of the research and outreach activities and innovations through the journals, conferences, webinar series, and continued professional development opportunities.

We invite you to not only renew your membership and join us in Cincinnati for the 2012 conference, we encourage you to engage in the Principles of Good Practice the undergird all that CDS stands for and works towards.  We urge you to become involved in your communities and to reach out to the underserved.  Together, the members of CDS, its partnering organizations, and the communities that we serve can make a difference, not only today, but well into the future.  We can do so by actively seeking equitably beneficial and sustainable solutions to local and global issues.  We can find solutions to the social issue not by focusing on development to and for communities but with communities.

We encourage you to share what you have learned in your communities and through conference workshops, paper presentations, and poster presentations.  In so doing, you can work to build your community and assist others in doing what they do better.  Please contact Lori Landry at the CDS Business Office at 614-221-1900 ext. 227 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or myself at 601-266-6519 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about CDS or the conference in Cincinnati.  We look forward to hearing from you.



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Please click on the Vanguard Tab to view past "President's Updates."

2012 Conference

July 21-25, 2012

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Kingsgate Marriott - University of Cincinnati


About our Conference...

The CDS has a long tradition of dynamic and enlightening conferences.  We are excited to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for our annual conference.  The conference schedule will include the same great highlights like plenary speakers, mobile learning workshops, and numerous presentations.  In addition, the local host committee has been busy planning a great local event for your enjoyment.

Conference Costs Forthcoming

Conference Hotel

2012 Sleeping Room Rate ONLY $104.00 per night (taxes not included).

This conference rate will be honored three days pre/post conference (based on availability).


Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati


151 Goodman Drive


Cincinnati, Ohio  45219


Schedule Room Reservation.


Exhibitors & Sponsors

Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2012 CDS Conference, July 21-25, 2012 in Cincinnati, OH, USA? If so, contact the CDS Business Office at: (614) 221.1900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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