Civic Engagement as a Business Imperative in Community Development

May 9, 2012

We have been working on our approach to creating a vibrant community life in our Arizona communities for almost 20 years now. Throughout the journey, we have been committed to partnering with our residents and stakeholders to improve how we build a community of purpose and value.

Today, we are more confident than ever in our model. Our residents continually tell us that living in a DMB community is like nothing they’ve ever experienced. They often share stories of how much they appreciate the authentic a care and concern residents have for one another in their community. They boast of the culture of respect and meaningful opportunities to become involved and how they feel safe and secure in the arms friends and neighbors. These stories always make me proud. After all, this is what a vibrant community life looks like.

I was equally proud when Arizona Town Hall invited me to co-author a chapter for the background report for their 100th Town Hall on Civic Engagement. They were interested in learning how civic engagement can play a significant role in the fostering and development of communities. They suggested we were the exemplar for this form of development in Arizona. I was honored by the invitation and privileged to highlight our approach.

And so our story goes . . . All great communities are defined by their extraordinary settings – distinct neighborhoods that complement the natural and cultural beauty of the land – and by the people who live in and care for these special places. In our communities, we know that our success in creating sustainable, legacy communities will only be achieved by cultivating an environment that not only looks spectacular, but also lives well. We have never been clearer that living well means being engaged in community.

For the full report, click here.

David O'Donoghue

Todd Hornback serves as Executive Director of Community Life for DMB Associates, Inc., leading all operational and programmatic engagement in the Verrado and Marley Park communities. Todd serves on the boards of Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, West Valley Arts Council, Surprise Sundancers, and ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Human Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Education; he also competes as a triathlete.

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