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Leadership in a community of 30,000 offers lessons to all of us on vision, responsibility and character. See how the leaders of Garden City, Kansas deal with challenges that many communities face. This issue also provides information about leadership and Community Affairs resources.
CDCs - at the crossroads?
Community development corporations have long played an important role in community and neighborhood revitalization. Yet they now find themselves facing new challenges and pressures in a rapidly changing world. What are those key challenges, and how are CDCs meeting them? And where do they go from here?
Regional approaches to economic development
Regional approaches to community economic development issues can have different meanings to stakeholders in rural and urban communities. The Four Corners region is a multi-jurisdictional area that has been exemplary in addressing its issues regionally. However, despite its successes, there are ongoing challenges in achieving cooperation and results on other issues. Both the ongoing challenges and successes are portrayed.
Economic opportunities in rural America -- and elsewhere
High technology and e-business, value-added business, and entrepreneurship are seen by rural stakeholders across America as primary opportunities for economic development in small communities. This publication explores how these concepts have been turned into reality in Aurora, Nebraska, Shelbina, Missouri, and Paxico, Kansas. We also found that successful efforts to create economic opportunities have much in common -- in these three small communities, and in communities of all sizes and types in all kinds of places.