Community Development Concepts, Inc. (CDCI) is a full service firm that offers creative solutions to a broad spectrum of community and economic development challenges facing communities, Federal, state and local government, nonprofit and faith based organizations and the development community. CDCI also provides wholesale supplies and has an independent security company as a part of its full service approach.
Integrating economic, social and environmental objectives, CDCI, utilizes state of the techniques and best practices to effect successful and measurable outcomes that enhance opportunities for community revitalization and enterprises that are financially sustainable.
Area of expertise include strategic Planning and interventions, business and real estate development and finance, risk management analysis, organization and human capital development, CRA analysis, grant acquisition and management, faith-based development and community relations strategies.
Mission and Expertise
CDCI, is lead by its founder, Russell D. Simmons, a thirty year veteran of housing and real estate development, minority business development, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) banking and community development together with long-time business associate and partner, Roy O. Priest, a nationally acclaimed community economic development (CED) advocate, industry spokesmen, public policy strategist, planning and program development innovator.
Their combined experience represents more than 60 years of dedication, innovation and local expertise in successful implementation of community and economic development at the national, state and local levels. Both Simmons and Priest have been recognized for award-winning programs and initiatives in affordable housing, business development and community investment strategies.
Simmons and Priest are guided by and enduring commitment to community revitalization and empowerment, building wealth and improving the quality of life for residents of disinvested communities nationwide. Their success is rooted in a deep understanding of how communities work and how to work with communities.