Community Development Society
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41st Annual International Conference
July 26-29, 2009
Memphis, TN, USA
Celebrating Community: Creating Hope in Uncertain Times




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We believe that adherence to the Community Development Society's Principles of Good Practice are essential to sound community development.

  • Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
  • Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  • Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
  • Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well being of the community.

The Community Development Society

… where research and practice join to build community. CDS offers leadership and opportunities to learn what's new in the profession, exchange ideas, and share professional experiences.

The Community Development Society fosters the professional development of those building the capacity of communities while serving as an advocate for healthy communities and their importance to society. CDS members represent a variety of fields: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, economic development practitioners, citizen groups, and more.


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17 South High St.
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215

Tel: (614) 221-1900 x 217
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