The Community Development Ecosystem: The Next Generation
This chapter focuses on how core competencies and comparative advantages will help community development organizations thrive in the community development ecosystem of tomorrow. The chapter discusses the results of a survey conducted of CEOs about their current and future strategies. A number of external factors are driving the changes in the community development ecosystem including reduction in public subsidies, restrictive capital markets, shifts in government support, and the entrance of a wide range of new organizations to community development. To succeed in the community development ecosystem, community development organizations will need to act more as a facilitator or “quarterback” (Erickson et al. 2012), expand the target customer/client base and geographic footprint, develop new skills and expertise, and pursue new sources of capital.
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