Future Conferences

2013 Conference

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation

Through Regional Collaboration

July 20-24, 2013 Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Francis Marion Hotel

Call for Abstracts


Future CDS Conferences

The Community Development Society (CDS) is a membership organization providing leadership to professionals and citizens across the spectrum of community development. The Society’s annual international conference provides members with multiple opportunities to learn what's new in the profession, to exchange ideas, to obtain the most current research and reference information available, and to share professional expertise. We view community development as a profession that integrates knowledge from many disciplines with theory, research, teaching, and practice as important and interdependent functions that are vital in the public and private sectors.

Furthermore, the CDS annual conference is itself a community development tool, offering a concentration of community development skills and expertise that can be tapped for local needs and interests. Local host sites are encouraged to use attendees as community development consultants or experts for local groups or constituents, providing opportunities for true interaction and dialogue with local practitioners.

The Board of Directors of the Community Development Society invites interested organizations and institutions from any community, state, region, province, chapter, or country to consider hosting an annual conference. This bid document outlines procedures and requirements for hosting a CDS conference, guidelines for submitting a bid, and criteria for of a conference site and local host.

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