(kuh-myoo-ni-tee dih-vel-uhp-muhnt): noun
Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing them with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities. These skills are often created through the formation of large social groups working for a common agenda. Community developers must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities’ positions within the context of larger social institutions.
On May 17th, 2012, nearly 350 community development professionals, partners, and stakeholders in Cleveland will come together to work towards alignment around a shared vision that aims to improve our outcomes, leadership, and capacity.
The Neighborhood Solutions Summit is co-hosted by the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, Enterprise Community Partners, and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. Our goals are to:
the current context, challenges and opportunities
for neighborhood development in Cleveland.
collaborative relationships, networks and processes
to spur collaborative action needed to achieve better outcomes
for our neighborhoods.
strategic thinking and begin a process
that will lead to a common vision
for the future of community development work.
View the full agenda.
Download the executive summary.
For more information, view three recent assessments of community development in Cleveland:
- Exploring the Integration of Place-Making and Poverty Reduction in the Cleveland Community Development Field by Frank Ford, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., and Stephen Love, Information and Research Specialist, Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation, May 2012.
- Re-Thinking the Future of Cleveland’s Neighborhood Developers by Norman Krumholz, Professor, and Kathryn Hexter, Director, Center for Community Planning and Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, March 2012.
- Neighborhood Progress, Inc. Organizational Assessment: External Role, Relationships and Impact by Professors Mark Chupp, Mark Joseph, and Robert Fischer; April Hirsh; Anne Roma, Michael Salwiesz, and Marci Blue, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, January 2012.