Downtown Community Development

What is community development?

The United Nations defines community development as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.” It is a broad term given to the practices of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens, and professionals to improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient local communities.

What is the Downtown Community Development Committee (DCDC)?

The concept of the DCDC came from The City’s Safety Charter as an initiative to bring stakeholders, businesses and the Downtown Business Association (DBA) together to develop a strategy to respond to social issues downtown, engage key stakeholders to resolve issues, enhance relationships among businesses, social agencies, residents and the general public, and map resources to assist in resolving issues.

The group has open meetings monthly at the Downtown Business Association. Their mission is “to collectively move forward toward developing and implementing strategies for downtown safety, wellbeing, and community building.” Participants value healthy civil discourse—engagement in conversation intended to enhance understanding. They recognize that the future of a community is a choice, and they choose to serve the downtown community with the goal of prosperity for all.