When asked the question: what is community development, we begin with who. Community development organizations play a vital role in managing the development of a community in order to protect the quality of life for its residents, promote a stable economic base, and ensure safe construction, all in balance with the constraints of the community’s environment and resources. If this sounds like a complex and challenging (but critical) task, that’s because it is! It takes a special combination of knowledge, skills, and dedication to plan and support community development and revitalization efforts.
Community development directors are responsible for overseeing and coordinating programs that improve the quality of life for residents and create a thriving community. Much of their work involves organizing and improving housing and housing opportunities, especially for people of limited means.
Some of the specific responsibilities of a community development director may include:
Regardless of the strategic focus, community development directors work to engage residents and community stakeholders in the decision-making process. This may involve outreach efforts, public meetings, and other forms of community involvement. They are also responsible for securing and managing grants from federal, state, or private sources to fund community development projects. They have a big responsibility and oversee programs and activities with lots of moving parts.
Community development organizations use a variety of data sources in their day-to-day work, depending on the specific focus of their role and the needs of their community.
Some examples of the types of data that community development directors and their support staff use include:
To collect and use the many types of data needed in community development, community developers often have to use various software systems on a daily basis. The specific software systems that they use will depend on the needs of their community and the focus of their work.
Here are some examples:
ePropertyPlus is designed to support community revitalization. When we envision our ideal users, we tend to think of community development directors and the various tasks and responsibilities they are tackling on a daily basis. ePropertyPlus manages the lifecycle of property and projects in an intuitive, flexible, GIS-based data management system.
For community development departments seeking a single system that does most of what they need, ePropertyPlus can be ideal. For larger departments that can afford to maintain multiple systems, ePropertyPlus provides a value-add option that extends the utility of other software systems, such as GIS, an asset management system, or a CRM.