My take on Community Development
By Pat O’Neal, PCED
Community Development is a broad-ranging discipline that encompasses not only economic development, but community assessment, strategic planning, organizational development, leadership development, public and private development financing, and community land use planning and research.
Community Development is a comprehensive process for managing community change that involves citizens in a dialog on issues to decide what must be done (a shared vision of the future), and then involves them in doing it.
Some critical issues addressed in the Community Development process include: job and economic development (business attraction, expansion and retention, and new business development); education and workforce development, quality of life, culture and recreation; social issues such as housing, crime, teen pregnancy and substance abuse; leadership development; the quality of governmental services, community image and marketing; and tourism development.