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Community Development -- Thinking about definitions

Date: 7/25/2012

Westmoreland County based Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator John Turack sparks a discussion about the definition of community development. Mr. Turack also serves as the Interim Director of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County.

Source: http://agsci.psu.edu/communications/contact

Source: http://agsci.psu.edu/communications/contact

Welcome to my first attempt at writing an Economic and Community Development Blog.  Bear with me; I’m probably going to ramble a bit.  Nevertheless, I hope that’s ok, since as I learned back in college from one creative writing professor - “every story has a beginning, a middle, and an ending, but not necessarily in that order.”   I will try to start at the beginning.

I woke up today thinking about community development as a topic for this first blog, and I decided that I’m going to try to define it, or at least start a good discussion about what community development is by asking some thought provoking questions. 

I have often heard a question asked by those that work in the field of Economic and Community Development:  “Do you consider community development to be development in the community, or development of the community?” 

What do you think?


For more see -- http://extension.psu.edu/ecd/news/2012/community-development-thinking-about-definitions..



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