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The Community Development Society (CDS) is a membership-based organization that aims to advance community development theory, research, policy, and practice.

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CDS hosts an annual conference as well as webinars throughout the year, and offers scholarships and awards. 

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CDS is best known for publications such as the academic journals Community Development and Local Development and Society. We also sponsor two Routledge book series and distribute Vanguard, our monthly newsletter

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CDS Members form a broad and diverse network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who share an interest in building and developing communities—socially, economically, and environmentally. Our membership spans the globe, but is primarily concentrated in the United States and Canada. Learn more about membership benefits and consider joining us today!

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