community development strategic planning program



The Texas Association of Community Development Corporations is pleased to announce the creation of the Community Development Strategic Planning Program (CDSPP). The program is designed to bring together community development leaders in Texas to create a vision and strategic plan to guide the community development industry over the next five years. TACDC's new initiative is underwritten with the generous support of Citi.


The CDSPP is a three step program, starting with a CDC Needs Assessment Survey, followed by a report from the survey responses, and culminating in a facilitated CDC Leaders Strategic Planning Retreat tentatively scheduled for mid-October, 2013. TACDC will then use the strategic plan to guide the creation of programs and services offered to our members.


In the intervening years since TACDC was founded in 1997, much has changed in the community development field: federal funding for community development has become more difficult to access, state funding levels have not kept up with demand, the economy has ebbed significantly in the past five years, and changes in demographics in the state mean that a new and different type of CDC client has emerged. The goal of the Needs Assessment Survey will be to gain understanding of the current capacity and needs of CDCs in the areas of planning, resource development, internal operations and governance, program delivery, and networking so that TACDC can develop programs, research, and initiatives to better support community development corporations in Texas.


The Community Development Leadership Strategic Planning Retreat involves hosting a two-day retreat for Executive Directors and key stakeholders to discuss the current state of the community development industry, assess the strengths and weaknesses of the industry, and to collectively create a vision of where the industry needs to go in order to meet the goal of nurturing strong organizations. The plan developed at the retreat will provide direction for TACDC to create programs and services to nurture strong community oriented organizations across the state that address issues of poverty and injustice in our neighborhoods.


For additional information on the CDSPP, please contact Matt Hull at matt@tacdc.org or 512.916.0508.


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