Community Development encompasses the development of "quality of life" for City of Biddeford residents. It may include:
Downtown programs that improve the look and self image of a community
Implementation of social service programs
Long range planning
Public facility improvements
Redevelopment of vacant lots into pocket parks
Revitalization of neighborhoods
Projects can be as small as a corner park or as big as a city wide work force training program.
Working With Economic Development
Community Development works in conjunction with Economic Development. Economic Development may at times focus on the larger picture of business attraction and retention, city economic climate, long range economic planning and partnerships with financial institutions and regional economic development projects.
The People's Perspective
Community Development brings "the people's perspective" to the table to enhance development at the grassroots level as well as the community as a whole. This is why it is said that Community Development builds community "one step at a time".