What is a Community Development Corporation?

While the State of Minnesota has a legal definition, we are particularly fond of the way the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) describes a Community Development Corporation (or CDC):


What is Community Development?

Community development is a process through which community stakeholders come together to vision, plan, and implement a more prosperous future.


What is a community development corporation?

Known as CDCs, these nonprofit, community-based organizations aggregate resources, ideas, and actors with the shared goal of improving the future of a place to the benefit of the people who live there. They are most commonly located in low-income, under-served neighborhoods that have experienced a significant lack of investment. Traditional activities include real estate development, business and economic development, and community organizing.


Map of Redesign’s services in Greater Longfellow, courtesy of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA).

Redesign as a CDC

Redesign, Inc. works to improve the future of the five neighborhoods of Greater Longfellow (Seward, Longfellow, Cooper, Howe, and Hiawatha) through three primary areas of service:

  • Small Business Growth
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Development