The national recession forced many communities to examine new and innovative ways to promote local economic development, resulting in long-term community changes. New techniques and approaches were used to identify available opportunities and programs which could take advantage of development opportunities. A common theme among the contributions to this book is a focus on building leadership capacity, and several chapters discuss the successful practices which are aimed at bringing new leaders into local development efforts. Especially important are ways to identify youth and young adults, and designing programs that bring them into active leadership roles within community development efforts. On a broader scale, several authors present material regarding building local entrepreneurship capacity, and recognizing that entrepreneurs at different stages in their development have different training and support needs.
The discussions in this book will help local policymakers and development practitioners better understand the various development techniques, and find ways to build capacity within their community, stimulating development. This information will be especially useful for groups interested in engaging youth and populations who, in the past, have not been especially active in discussions about community and economic development. This book was originally published as a special issue of Community Development.
Table of Contents
1. Overview of innovative community change programs Norman Walzer and Sam M. Cordes
2. InCommons: supporting community-based leadership Jodi R. Sandfort and Laura Bloomberg
3. Community leadership development education: promoting civic engagement through human and social capital Godwin T. Apaliyah, Kenneth E. Martin, Stephen P. Gasteyer, Kari Keating and Kenneth Pigg
4. Evaluating an asset-based effort to attract and retain young people William Andresen
5. Engaging youth in community change: three key implementation principles David Campbell and Nancy Erbstein
6. Engaging the underserved in community leadership development: Step Up to Leadership graduates in northwest Missouri tell their stories Wilson Majee, Scott Long and Deena Smith
7. Can leadership development act as a rural poverty alleviation strategy? Ryan Allen and Paul R. Lachapelle
8. Lessons from the field: mapping Saskatchewan’s Pipeline of Entrepreneurs and Enterprises in order to build a provincial operating system for entrepreneurship Gregg Lichtenstein and Thomas S. Lyons
Norman Walzer is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA.
Sam M. Cordes is Director Emeritus at the Center for Regional Development, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.