January 2012 Vanguard




January 2012

Timothy Collins, Vanguard Editor

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CDS 2012 Conference

July 23-25, Cincinnati, OH

"Sustaining Community through Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Focus on local foods and arts, community engagement and learning,

campus-community partnerships, and comprehensive community initiatives

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is January 27, 2012


More information and call for presentations

In This Issue
2012 CDS Scholarship
CD Resources
Conferences and Meetings
Grant Opportunities
CDS Membership Info
News from CDS
CDS UpFront
roots and wings January

2012 CDS Scholarship Opportunities - Deadline Extended


Please circulate this notice to interested students and CDS members.


Application Deadline February 15, 2012

The CDS Endowment was established as a sustainable fund to help members in a variety of ways, from attending our annual international conferences to enhancing the quality and diversity of our programs. Thanks to the generous contributions of our members and supporters, those seeds have sprouted, grown, and the Endowment has begun to bear fruit.


In 2012 the CDS Endowment will distribute up to eightscholarships to CDS members and student members to support academic efforts, research projects, or presentations at the CDS Annual International Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 21-25, 2012, or at a major community development conference outside the member's home continent. There is also a grant award for diversity initiatives in community development.


Do you know students or CDS members who may be interested? Please distribute this notice widely among potential applicants. Information about the types of grants and scholarships, as well as the application information, is available on the CDS website.



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CD Resources


National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation


The Atlantic - Cities - Place Matters


Partnership for Sustainable Communities in collaboration with USDA: Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities

Through the Partnership and guided by six Livability Principles, HUD, DOT, and EPA are coordinating investments and aligning policies to support sustainable communities.


Small Biz Survival: The Rural and Small Town Business Resource


Recent Reports and Charts from USDA ERS

Shares of land by major use, by State, 2007

Participation in USDA's School Breakfast Program up in 2010

Hispanics Contribute to Increasing Diversity in Rural America

Farms Involved in Local Food Sales Differ from Those That Do Not Sell Food Locally

State Poverty Rates Were Generally Highest in the South in 2010

Minority Farms an Increasing Share of All U.S. Farms

Use of Local Food Marketing Channels Varies with Farm Size


Transition Primer: A guide to becoming a Transition Town, U.S. Version


Farm Program Atlas

The Farm Program Atlas is an online interactive mapping tool that displays payment and participation data by county for seven key Federal farm programs. The tool enables users to view maps, see how data vary across counties, and download the data.


The Changing Organization of U.S. Farming, EIB-88, December 2011


255 Ways to Visualize Sustainability ... and Counting


Conferences and Meetings


Leadership Summit

January 29-31, 2012, San Antonio, TX


National Rural Entrepreneurial Gathering: FRED - Focus on Rural Entrepreneurial Development

May 3-5, 2012, Fairfield, IA


National Association of Community Development Professionals

May 20-23, 2012, Park City, UT


ALIA Summer Institute

June 18-23, 2012, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Reclaiming Vacant Properties: Remaking America for the 21st Century

June 20-22, 2012, New Orleans, LA


Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America

October 10-13, 2012, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, CA


Grant Opportunities

USDA: 2012 Conservation Innovation Grant Funding Opportunity

Application deadline: January 31, 2012 - pre-proposals


DHHS: Administration for Native Americans: Social and Economic Development Strategies - SEDS

Application deadline: January 31, 2012


EPA: Guidelines for Brownfields Multi-Purpose Pilot Grants

Application deadline: February 10, 2012


National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Grants

Application deadline: March 1, 2011


USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food Security

Application deadline: March 14, 2012


NIH: Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R21)

Application deadline: April 22, 2012


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President's Update

Happy New Year!


2012 promises to be a banner year for the Community Development Society and its partners.  Being a new year and as tradition holds, goals are set outlining potential growth opportunities for the next year. The Board of Directors has set some high goals in membership growth, conference planning and attendance, and partnerships with other societies. It is expected that each of these goals will increase the Societies' bottom line and ability to reach out to communities and regions.


The Board of Directors has undertaken an aggressive membership campaign designed to promote involvement of past members and to create partnerships with other societies. The Board expects these moves to produce increased memberships and therefore increased revenue and sustainability of CDS. Specifically, CDS is reaching out to past members in an effort to encourage them to renew their memberships. CDS is also adjusting its marketing strategy to include past members in its marketing efforts.


The Board is seeking to identify the locations of the conferences and potential partners for conferences through 2016. In an effort to do so, strategic partnerships have been explored by the Board. It is expected that the identification of the upcoming sites will enable CDS to make more effective plans, raise funds for the conferences, increase the capacity of members to attend, and work with potential partnering associations to co-host conferences.


2012 will see five issues of the Journal, new leadership, a dynamic conference, and programs designed to enhance the membership's ability to practice community development. Please do not hesitate to make recommendations to the Board or to participate in the conference. We look forward to a successful year and the promise of more effective community development practice and research.



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News from CDS

CDS 2012 Conference Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submissions, January 27, 2012


More information and the call

Click here to submit

The CDS annual conference focuses on ways to strengthen communities and provide a high quality of life for all residents. At this conference we will work toward defining sustainable community development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation in community development refers not only to the new ideas being developed within community systems, but also the adoption process, speed, and performance of the innovative activity. Entrepreneurship speaks to the venturesome ideas which stimulate economic progress by finding new and better ways of doing things.


The program includes many issues and areas of community development practice such as:

*    Comprehensive Community Initiatives and



*    Community Learning Centers


*    Community Cultural Arts


*    Healthy Communities


*    Community Engagement in Higher Education


*    Community Development Policy


For a description of each track, please review the full Call for Abstracts.


We invite your presentations, workshops and discussions of successful and innovative approaches to solving development issues in communities, large and small, in the US or internationally to share with your colleagues, new and emerging scholars, students and others in Cincinnati.


Award Recipients from the 2011 Annual Meeting in Boise

Duane L. Gibson Distinguished Service Award - Alan Kirk

Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award - Thomas S. Lyons, Ph.D.; Baruch College, City University of New York

Community Development Achievement Award - Mark Peterson; University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

Current Research Award - David Ivan; Michigan State University Extension


Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award - Paul Lachapelle; Montana State University


CD Practice

CD Practice is a web-based publication of the Community Development Society. It presents innovative approaches, tools, and techniques that can be readily applied by community development practitioners.


Vanguard: A Major CDS Marketing Tool - Please Share It with Others

As part of its commitment to serve CDS members more effectively, the board increased the number of Vanguard issues and changed the format to make it more timely and useful. In addition, the board decided to open subscriptions to nonmembers. So, for the love of CDS, share it with your friends and encourage them to subscribe! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Puh-lease!


CDS Website: Blog and Other Social Networking Features

A new blog has been installed on the CDS website. Click on the tab "Easyblog" to get started.  To learn more about how the blog works, and all of the feature and functions, you can view a video tutorial. If you have suggestions or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Communications Committee Co-Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CDS UpFront

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


How Twitter Proves That Place Matters

A new study, "The Geography of Twitter Networks," takes a detailed look at the geography of Twitter and what it can tell us about the nature of interaction and proximity in the Internet age.


If They Build It, Will the Chef Come?

Pocomoke, MD's municipal leaders are building a 145-seat restaurant and bar completely on spec.


Alchemy in Scottsburg, Indiana

Spurred by an insult, led by a strong mayor and grounded in volunteerism,  Scottsburg, Indiana, has replenished itself as both a community and a regional economic force.


3 Ways Art Improves Small Communities

When you think of art, what do you think of? Paintings, sculptures, performances?  What about community revitalization and development?


Can Hip Urban Crafts Help Revitalize Rust Belt Manufacturing?

A new culture of small, local companies could still use the Rust Belt's ingenuity and know-how, and the Rust Belt could use their energy and cachet. If they figured out how to work together, they might change the way things are made in America.


Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City

"Unless we make a distinction between jobs and work we are going to be like Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times, appendages to a machine," Boggs says. "How do we do the kind of daily activity that grows our souls so that we don't have to make up for the indignities of our labor? Jobs are not the answer; jobs are the problem. Now we've reached a stage where creating things can be done by robots. So what we have to do is create ourselves. That's what The Next American Revolution is all about, creating better selves."


Does Local Economic Development Work?

For decades, city fathers and academics have studied economic development, searching diligently for ways to make urban economies prosper.


Does Your Local Economic Development Strategy Include Search Engines?

People looking for information about local restaurants and other businesses say they

rely on the internet, especially search engines, ahead of any other source.


National Rural Assembly Notes

Last year's gathering of the National Rural Assembly in St. Paul focused on building a more inclusive nation where all the people and all the places can make a difference.


Who Should Run the Countryside? Notes

More information about the event may be found on the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme website.


The International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy Notes

More than 1,600 participants from 62 countries took part in the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy in Montréal last October.


The Extreme Future of Megacities

Like it or not, the megacity is coming. Will it be urban dystopia, or ordered, smart, green and secure? As a billion rural dwellers vote with their feet, will numbers overwhelm us?


Cities on the ocean

Seasteading: Libertarians dream of creating self-ruling floating cities. But can the many obstacles, not least the engineering ones, be overcome?


Incubating Success: Incubation Best Practices That Lead to Successful New Ventures

A new study by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration confirms that business incubation contributes to entrepreneurial success, demonstrates that the most successful incubators employ best practices and shows that incubator programming and management have the greatest impact on client success.


Civil Society Engagement in the Green Economy Debate

More than just including the voices of civil society actors and coalitions, the green economy debate must take into account the diversity of understandings, interactions and values that characterize the struggle for a unified civil society response.


A Fair Green Economy? Studies of Agriculture, Energy and Waste Initiatives in Malaysia This paper looks at how the Malaysian government deals with green economy.  Through case studies of agriculture, renewable energy and waste-to-wealth initiatives, the paper demonstrates that green economy in Malaysia has the most potential when it involves engagement of communities.


Realizing Local Development in the Carbon Commodity Chain

This paper provides an analysis of how local community development is connected to the global carbon economy through the creation of carbon commodities (offset credits) and the role of premium credit certification in assisting in local development.  The paper shows that information on local conditions should be focused on political-economic processes and the interactions between actors to nuance the social benefits of carbon credit generation in developing country contexts.


Series Explores Income Inequality

Part 1: Overview

Part 2: The Loss of Shared Prosperity

Part 3: Widening Inequality Since the 1970s

Part 4: More on the Widening of Inequality Since the 1970s

Part 5: The Concentration of Income and Wealth


The Recession's Ongoing Impact on America's Children

Children throughout the United States continue to be negatively impacted by the lingering effects of the Great Recession, with children in some states more hard hit than others.


Rural Family Incomes Drop 2007-2010

With the recession, rural incomes have declined in seven out of ten counties. And incomes remain highest in metropolitan areas.


Generations Bookend Rural Great Plains and Midwest

A new  Center for Rural Affairs report released finds that rural areas in the Great Plains and Midwest continue to lose population and are caught between "bookend generations" - the youngest and the oldest - with a demographic valley in between.


South Toward Home

After the community outpouring that followed his sister's death, a brother decides to move back to his small-town birthplace.


Rural Small Business Trends 2012

Rural and small town small business trends are always different from the general trends driving small business nationally. This year, the most dramatic difference is in the economic outlook.


How Kite Photography Can Empower Local Communities

Attach a digital camera to a balloon or kite, and what do you get? An easy tool for public participation in land use decisions.


New FAO Report Profiles World's Land and Water Resources

Widespread degradation and deepening scarcity of land and water resources have placed a number of key food production systems around the globe at risk, posing a profound challenge to the task of feeding a world population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, according to a  new FAO report.


Ecosystem Services Come of Age

Ecosystems are humanity's life-support systems. And the services they provide, such as carbon sequestration, flood control, water purification, and storm protection, have tremendous value (monetary and otherwise) to people. This special issue of Solutions explores how a new generation of environmentalists, from the Pacific Northwest to South Africa, is using the ecosystem services concept to protect both nature and people.



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