CaRDI’s Community Development Institute: Informed Communities, Informed Decision focused on critical pieces of the community development process, and was designed for a diverse audience of local government and school officials, CCE Educators, practitioners, and other community leaders.
Topics addressed included: framing the various approaches to community development; how recent socioeconomic and demographic trends impact NYS communities; resources for accurate community-level data; the role of leadership in strengthening community capacity; and how these approaches and resources can lead to informed decision-making. Special sessions focused on supporting recent initiatives in agriculture and food systems, community and energy, shared municipal and school services, and regional community and economic development.
Over the two-day period, participants engaged in dynamic discussions, exercises, and trainings which form the heart of CaRDI’s mission – to promote informed decision-making in support of sustainable community and economic development.
- Changing Composition of Upstate NY Communities
David L. Brown & Robin Blakely-Armitage
- Leadership, Community Capacity, and Resiliency
Larry Van De Valk, Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman and Rod Howe
- Shared Municipal Services: Results and Discussion
George Homsy, John W. Sipple and Bruce Fraser
- Tools and Resources for Demographic Data