Looking for a New Perspective on Your Community? Try First Impressions.
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Looking for a New Perspective on Your Community? Try First Impressions.

By Mercedes Maness It’s a New Year, is your community looking for a new perspective? The First Impressions program is all about gaining a new viewpoint.   First Impressions Program understands the importance of fresh eyes on a project. First-time visitors are an underused resource in determining the strengths and weaknesses of a community. Trained … Continue reading

Recap of Fall 2017 Downtown Revitalization Convening in Harlan
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Recap of Fall 2017 Downtown Revitalization Convening in Harlan

By Shane Barton, Downtown Revitalization Coordinator On Thursday, December 7th in Harlan, KY, the CEDIK Promise Zone Downtown Revitalization project hosted our quarterly convening of downtown stakeholders engaged in downtown revitalization efforts funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.  These scheduled convenings provide a dedicated space and time for our downtown stakeholders and partner organizations to … Continue reading

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BIG Skies, BOLD Partnerships

Early in June, members of the CEDIK team presented on research and outreach outcomes at the joint conference of the Community Development Society, CDS, and the National Association for Community Development Extension Professionals, NACDEP.  The “BIG Skies, BOLD Partnerships; Moving Mountains Together” Conference united two community development associations to engage 300 participants to sharing, learning, … Continue reading

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Local Food and Creative Small Business Development Transforms the Bluegrass Region

By Jairus Rossi, Assistant Research Professor with CEDIK The local food scene in Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding areas is growing rapidly. It is not uncommon to see the names of farms and local products prominently displayed in food trucks, restaurants, and grocery stores. When researchers at CEDIK conducted a local food demand assessment in late … Continue reading

Emotional and functional benefits of wayfinding systems in your community
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Emotional and functional benefits of wayfinding systems in your community

Karen Fawcett, CEDIK Program Coordinator Wayfinding is the ability to orient oneself based on repeated cues from the physical environment such as physical landmarks or signage. It can benefit a community in many ways by strengthening community identity, providing direction through town and surrounding county, highlight interesting destinations, complement town profiles, and strategically improve livability.  … Continue reading

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Considering “Community Readiness” – Are You ready?

By Dan Kahl, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Leadership Development “Readiness” is a term often mentioned by community developers as a way to describe a community’s collective potential for development.  The concept of community readiness actually may have Kentucky roots. Edwards, Jumper-Thurman, Plested, Ottering, & Swanson (2000) credit the concept of community readiness to … Continue reading

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Convening: the art of bringing people together.

By Dan Kahl, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Leadership Development There is a level of attention to detail needed to bring people together effectively. As our communities become more and more fragmented, the practice of convening can become a powerful process for bringing people back together again. Convening can create “a spot at the … Continue reading