Helena is brought to the World Community Development Conference

The World Community Development Conference was held in Dundee, Scotland June 23-26, 2019. Executive Director, Micky Zurcher, attended the conference and was also a conference presenter.

Dundee welcomed over 400 delegates from 38 countries. The city of Dundee was perfectly placed to host a global conference for community development. The city is rich with social change, community activism, and community arts. Built on a strong industrial past of jute, jam and journalism, the city is transforming into a thriving, sparkling hub, renowned globally for gaming, cultural and academic innovation and as a UNESCO City of Design.

From soulful thinking and community development came the conference theme titled People, Place and Power: The Soul of Community Development. On Wednesday, June 26th, the conference sub-theme was reimagining community development. Zurcher, along with Huston Gibson from Kansas State University, presented on their project: Building Beyond the Façade – Layering Downtown Spillover Investment, not making the trip was co-author Tash Wisemiller from the Montana Department of Commerce. Zurcher and Gibson presented their work to a room filled with 24 delegates. After their presentation, delegates asked insightful questions and were genuinely intrigued by the façade programs in the Montana communities of Helena, Kalispell, and Anaconda. A robust discussion resulted, proving a worthwhile experience for the presenters.

The conference began with an International Reception on Sunday evening. The following three days were filled with networking, plenary discussion, breakout sessions, dancing, and traditional Scottish music. Photos shares are the work of Alistair Kerr Photography, alistairkerr.com.

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