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A comprehensive approach focused on sustainable change Asset Building and Community Development, Fourth Edition examines the promise and limits of community development by showing students and practitioners how asset-based developments can improve the sustainability and quality of life. Authors Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines provide an engaging, thought-provoking, and comprehensive approach to asset building by focusing on the role of different forms of community capital in the development process. Updated throughout, this text explores how communities are building on their key assets—physical, human, social, financial, environmental, political, and cultural capital— to generate positive change. With a focus on community outcomes, the authors illustrate how development controlled by community-based organizations provides a better match between assets and the needs of the community.

The Role of Community-Based Organizations
The Role of Community-Based Organizations

Community development corporations (CDCs) have become the principal organizations for carrying out local development activities in many urban and rural neighborhoods. Many other types of community-based organizations (CBOs) are involved in development activities as well. In this chapter, we review the basic structure and mission of CDCs, local development corporations (LDCs), neighborhood associations, and other CBOs. We are especially interested in examining how these organizations operate, how they balance community organizing and development activities, and their effectiveness in generating valuable outcomes and impacts in their neighborhoods and localities. There is no end to the examples of CBOs that we could consider here. Many of these organizations have a more narrow focus and are discussed in ...

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