What Is Community Development?

Community Development is a comprehensive approach to Economic Development. The process involves managing community change by involving citizens in a dialogue on issues to decide what must be done (their shared Vision of the future), and then, involves them in doing it.

Ode To A Dying Town Often when communities fail it is because their citizens do not organize and work toward common goals. Our President, Jack Vincent, was moved by this sign he found in a small Oklahoma town in which he was performing an economic development assessment. It shows how good people making valiant efforts fail because they try to do it alone. Immediately below the business owner's sign was a copy of an article clipped from a publication, "Ode To A Dying Town". Citizens can increase their chances of success by using a comprehensive approach to development, Community Development.

Activities Performed By Certified Community and Economic Developers Include:

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