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An Introduction to

Community Development

2nd Edition


This is the companion website for An Introduction to Community Development, edited by Rhonda Phillips and Robert H. Pittman.

Beginning with the foundations of community development, An Introduction to Community Development offers a comprehensive and practical approach to planning for communities. Road-tested in the authors’ own teaching, and through the training they provide for practicing planners, it enables students to begin making connections between academic study and practical know-how from both private and public sector contexts.

In addition to the range of reading materials and learning tools you’ll find in the book – including chapter outlines, keywords, and skills-based exercises at the end of each chapter –you’ll find these additional resources on this website:

Instructors and lecturers:

  • Instructor’s Guide
  • Sample Syllabus
  • Chapter Summaries and Outlines
  • Multiple-Choice, True/False, and Short-Answer Test Questions
  • Additional Case Study Resources
  • PowerPoint Lecture Slides


  • Recommended resources and links

An Introduction to Community Development shows how planners can utilize local economic interests and integrate finance and marketing considerations into their strategy. Most importantly, the book is strongly focused on outcomes, encouraging students to ask: what is best practice when it comes to planning for communities, and how do we accurately measure the results of planning practice?