Community Development & Engagement in a Nutshell

Comprehensive Community Development uses deep and abiding neighbor empowerment to harness local assets and collaborations to address a spectrum of inter-connected needs. The core values of comprehensive community development are: Abundant assets exist in every community and individual; everyone has gifts of the head (knowledge), heart (passion), and hands (skills) which can be deployed for community change; and identifying ways to contribute and commit those gifts to the community.

Jacobsville Join In, with assistance from Indiana Association for Community & Economic Development, utilizes a holistic approach to comprehensive community development with the 12 Principles of Healthy Neighborhoods:


Leadership, Vision, Collaboration


Services, Education, Culture


Safety, Environment, Housing


Business Diversity, Economy, Wealth Creation and Retention