Presented to a CDS member or a group in recognition of a superior innovative program (recent or on-going) using the Principles of Good Practice as adopted by the Society. This award will recognize a new, creative, and promising program contributing to community development practice.



    • Must be a current member of CDS; if the award is made to a team, at least one member of the team must be a current member of CDS

    • Overview and description of the program

    • Program implementation follows or applies CDS’s Principles of Good Practice

    • Program demonstrates creativity or innovation

Past Recipients:


    • 2023 Michigan State University Extension: Attainable Housing Program
    • 2021 Connecting Online: Helping CD & Extension Practitioners Engage Audiences. Ohio State University Extension

    • 2019 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Prosperous Communities Initiative

    • 2018 West Virginia Recruitable Communities

    • 2018 West Virginia University (Northern WV Brownfields Center) Bad Buildings Program

    • 2017 E-Discovery Challenge, University of Kentucky

    • 2017 FutureMakers Coalition, Southwest Florida Community Foundation

    • 2016 Strengthening Skills for Leading Others, Community and Economic Development Initative of Kentucky (CEDIK)

    • 2015 Community Heart & Soul, The Orton Foundation

    • 2014 Community Arts Program, University of Missouri Extension

    • 2014 Marketing Hometown America, UNL, NDSU and SDSU Extension

    • 2013 Great Community Book Read Program, South Dakota State University

    • 2012 Kansas Pride

    • 2010 Latino Farmers and Local Multicultural Food and Marketing Systems

    • 2009 The Southern Entrepreneurship Program through the University of

    • 2008 University of MO Extension Community and Economic and Southern Mississippi Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED)

    • 2008 Prince Albert and Area Community Against Family Violence

    • 2007 West Cork Leader Coop, Ian Dempsey

    • 2005 Community Progress Initiative, Connie Loden

    • 2004 Hometown Competitiveness Program, Heartland Center for Leadership Development

    • 2003 Progress Western Australia

    • 2002 Access Main Street (MN)

    • 2000 University of Georgia Economic Development Program

    • 1999 Community Development Academy, University of Missouri

    • 1999 Learning Communities, Regional Sustainability and the Learning Society International Symposium – Community Development Workshop, Australia

    • 1998 “How to Get the Help Your Home Town Needs,” The Heartland Center for Leadership Development

    • 1997 Kentucky Certified Community Partnership

    • 1995 Community & Rural Development Division, Nebraska Department of Economic Development

    • 1994 Saskatchewan Rural Futures Project Land

    • 1993 Crossett Adopt-A-School Program

    • 1993 Superior Days (Wisconsin) Development

    • 1992 Rural Partners: The Illinois Coalition for Rural Community Development

    • Vision 2010 (NE)

    • Vision 2010 (AR)

    • Peace Corps Fellows Program of Western Illinois University

    • Vision 2010 Partnership (AR)

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