What Is Community Development?

Community development is a process through which community stakeholders come together to vision, plan, and implement a more prosperous future.

What is a community development corporation?

Known as CDCs, these nonprofit, community-based organizations aggregate resources, ideas, and actors with the shared goal of improving the future of a place to the benefit of the people who live there. They are most commonly located in low-income, under-served neighborhoods that have experienced a significant lack of investment. Traditional activities include real estate development, business and economic development, and community organizing. 

What is a community development association?

Community development associations serve as an institutional network through which community development actors share ideas, access resources, exchange with peers, and act collectively. These associations  acting mostly at the state and regional level  compose NACEDA's primary membership.