Friday, October 16, 2009

Community Development or Re-development

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for." Obama(... continued)

Many communities find themselves in a state of gradual decline and struggling to cope in an environment of disappearing commercial infrastructure, declining populations and global competition.

I strongly believe that their situation while very serious, is also fixable and there are steps we can all take to defend our position. To that end, I have worked to develop a community repair program that responds to this threatening state of decline.

I intend to develop on this site an inter-active “How-to Guide” and to make it available at a reasonable cost to the community leaders in participating communities that are experiencing such problems. My goal is to enable them to better lead their populations back to better community health. Service rates will be affordable so as not to overstretch anyone’s budget.

How can we do that? The process is practical. It is easy to understand and follow and based on a book, OK Development written about ten years ago by Quebec community developer and author, Yves Breton. It is designed to stimulate and promote development and synergies in about a dozen community sectors.

In addition, the site will provide a forum where interested municipal leaders can discuss their community's development problems and receive helpful advice or coaching from each other or me as appropriate.

This isn't a recipe for an instant fix. The need for community development is and will continue to be ongoing.

Also, like building a beehive, responsibility for community development belongs to everyone, not just the community leaders. So, everyone has a role to play. We will be discussing and getting a good understanding of the whole process but foremost we will be talking about the leadership role of elected officials and other community leaders to stimulate and inspire townspeople to get involved in the planning and development of those community sectors where they have a stake or interest.
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