Organizer: National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)
A core value of the community development movement from its inception 50 years ago has been that local residents should play a leadership role in shaping the future of their communities and their own lives. CDCs and other community-based groups seek to advance that vision by having boards of directors that are community based, by engaging local residents in crafting and implementing a vision for their community, and by maintaining community control and ownership of key assets.
At the same time, community developers want to achieve greater impact and scale. This work is complicated and requires sophisticated staff and significant capital. This often requires greater organization scale and capacity.
Rather than seeing these two goals as being in conflict, Innovative community developers are creating new models for achieving “both/and” – both community control and scale. This workshop will provide participants with a framework for thinking about how they can use collaboration to achieve both goals and share examples of innovative models in both urban and rural settings.