In this section of the site, we would like you to be more aware of various aspects of the Community Economic Development philosophies and strategies that we at CFDC are committed to.
As part of our mandate at Community Futures we collaborate with community partners on periodic strategic planning initiatives. Over the next 5 weeks we will be facilitating meetings throughout our service area – North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin. Individuals representing a cross-section of those living in our communities have been invited to participate. The purpose of these meetings will be to articulate and prioritize potential community economic development projects that will lead to jobs, growth and prosperity.
The key question will be: What project(s) would be a good fit for our region and, if realized, would lead to sustainable jobs, growth and prosperity?
The information gathered from these meetings establishes reference points and will help Community Futures, local municipalities, organizations and individuals become more aware of projects that have been identified as community priorities. More importantly, our aim is to help facilitate and partner with local community members in seeing priority projects come to fruition.
Participants will be informed of the outcomes of the meetings via the Regional Action Plan e-newsletter and will be provided with a link to the finished report.
Community members are being invited to one of the following 5 meetings:
Monday, November 18 from 8:00-9:30am
Limerick Community Centre (North Hastings)
Wednesday, November 20 from 8:00-9:30am
The Bridge Community Church, Birds Creek (North Hastings)
Whitney (South Algonquin)
Tweed (Central Hastings)
Madoc (Central Hastings)
These meetings are by invitation. If you have not received an invitation but feel that you would like to be a part of a meeting happening in your area please contact Community Futures at (613) 332-5564 or email@example.com
Muffins, Fresh Fruit and Refreshments will be provided.
Our meetings will be based upon an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. You can learn more about the ABCD approach below.
Traditional Approach vs Asset-Based Approach to Community Development
Traditionally, the first step in carrying out community improvement efforts has been to identify problems and needs that exist in the community. With an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach, the focus is on what assets the community does have, not on what it is lacking.
- Focuses on deficiencies and builds dependence
- Results in fragmented responses to local needs
- Residents have little voice in deciding how to address local concerns
- Focuses on effectiveness and identifies ways that people can give of their talents
- Seeks to empower people
Asset Based Community Development is:
Internally focused: Strategic planning or priority setting focuses on assets found within the community and does not rely upon the advice of outside experts or consultants.
Relationship Driven: Local people, informal organizations and institutions work hard to connect with one another in order to be sure they are working as a team, not against one another. This means good communication is key.
ABCD is based on the genuine belief that:
Every person has skills, gifts and talents important to a community; each time these abilities are used, the community is strengthened; strong communities are ones in which the capacities of local individuals are identified, valued and used and the development of the community should be built upon the talents and resources of its members.