Good News through Community Economic Development

Coming soon, a book by David E. Kresta, PhD.

Follow Jesus on to your community’s Main Street and learn how to bring healing, resilience, and equity to your local economy.

Get a sneak peek of the Introduction to “Jesus on Main Street” here.

What is Community Economic Development?

Community Economic Development (CED) is an effort to increase community capacity for sustained economic activity that addresses people- and place-based inequality. CED is place-based, focusing on local control of economic processes and structures, leading to increased autonomy, resilience, strengthened social fabric, and healthy, thriving communities for all. CED pays particular attention to low-income and other marginalized groups, recognizing that long-term change will require systemic changes to our political economy. 

To further whet your appetite, here are the chapters that you’ll see in “Jesus on Main Street”:

Foreword by Paul Metzger, PhD


Part One: Community Economic Development Overview

Chapter 1: What is Community Economic Development?

Chapter 2: The CED Ecosystem and the Role of Local Churches

Part Two: The Community Economic Development Toolkit

Chapter 3: Microbusinesses

Chapter 4: Makerspaces and the Maker Movement

Chapter 5: Business Incubators and Entrepreneurs

Chapter 6: Cooperatives and Community-rooted Economics

Chapter 7: Workforce Development

Chapter 8: Commercial District Revitalization

Chapter 9: Good Jobs Focus

Chapter 10: Locality Development: Housing and Land Use

Chapter 11: Anchor Institutions

Chapter 12: Accountable Development

Part Three: Community Economic Development Process

Chapter 13: Assessment and Implementation Process

Chapter 14: Context-sensitive CED

Chapter 15: Financing CED

Appendix: Reimagining Religious Spaces

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