Research Handbook on Community Development
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Research Handbook on Community Development

Edited by Rhonda Phillips, Eric Trevan and Patsy Kraeger

This timely Research Handbook offers new ways in which to navigate the diverse terrain of community development research. Chapters unpack the foundations and history of community development research and also look to its future, exploring innovative frameworks for conceptualizing community development. Comprehensive and unequivocally progressive, this is key reading for social and public policy researchers in need of an understanding of the current trends in community development research, as well as practitioners and policymakers working on urban, rural and regional development.
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Chapter 15: Building a healthy community: the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition

Patsy Kraeger


The Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition (CGIC) is a multi-sector and multi-actor community coalition (which includes public, nonprofit and private companies as well as community members and advocates) model for a comprehensive, coordinated approach for community development addressing overall health and well-being while leveraging resources for community initiatives. The CGIC evolved from a community stakeholder initiative interested in community into a stand-alone nonprofit organization responsible for housing the indicator data from the original studies to incorporating expanded data and other initiatives to promote community health, well-being, economic opportunity and quality of life. This chapter examines how theories of participatory community development as a process, action and outcome apply to the CGIC. Background on the City of Savannah and Chatham County (hereafter, “Savannah-Chatham”) is provided for rich context about the area from a geographical, historical and economic context. Finally, the chapter concludes with a section on best practices.

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