The Community Development Institute (CDI) is a partnership between Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.

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Mission and Function
The mission of CDI is to strengthen the community development environment for practitioners in New Jersey through:

  • Education and Training
  • Policy Forums and Symposiums
  • Applied Research
  • Technical Assistance
  • Internships, Mentoring, and Job Placement

November 2005
Forging Capacity
Our newsletter for community development practitioners features capacity building tools, techniques and knowledge on a variety of topics of interest to those in the community development field.

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Articles on eminent domain, conflict resolution, community planning, child protection initiatives and more
View Spring 2005 Edition

June 23, 2005
2005 Summer Institute on Community-Based Planning: Working though the Challenges
The Community Development Institute, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association co-sponsored the 2005 Summer Institute on Community-Based Planning.

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October 29, 2004
View Results from Community-based Planning: Mobilizing for Neighborhood Change Conference

> View the webcast of keynote speaker, Ken Reardon, national community planning expert
> See photos from the conference
> Read the program agenda

October 21, 2003
View the results for The New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Conference.

May 16, 2003
View highlights of CDI's “Abbott Schools Construction as a Catalyst for Community Development” symposium.

January 23, 2003
Inventory of Community Development Training Programs
New Publication!!!

Find resources to meet your needs for education and training.

August 2002
Roundtable on “Using Property Acquisition/Disposition as a Strategic Asset”

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CDI serves community development practitioners working in local governments, nonprofit community-based organizations, and public housing authorities and community leaders and residents seeking to improve their neighborhoods. Established within the Center for Urban Policy Research at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, CDI builds upon the academic programs, research centers and institutes of the Bloustein School and Rutgers University. CDI is guided by an advisory board comprised of experts from nonprofit grassroots and intermediary organizations, local and state government, public housing authorities, academe, and banking.

The institute provides practitioners with "one-stop shopping" allowing them to enroll in courses, receive a certification in community development, and/or participate in important discussions about the best practices and lessons learned in rebuilding distressed communities. CDI programs emphasize real-world training, while providing participants with a sound academic foundation in the community development field. Participants acquire knowledge and skills that facilitate their mobility between the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, promoting the rapid exchange of new ideas and practices. CDI serves as a rallying point to advocate a strong community development vision. The offerings of the CDI are sensitive to issues of culture, gender, and community that influence effective community-building efforts.