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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