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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dr, Nick Swartz Madison Center for Community Development

The Madison Center for Community Development (MCCD) is an applied research and community outreach center at James Madison University.  Founded in 2014, we provide services including technical assistance and training; organizational capacity and development; and research and analysis around economic, community, environmental, and social issues.  MCCD is housed within the School of Public and International Affairs and is a joint partnership with JMU's Offices of Research and Scholarship and Outreach and Engagement.   We are located in the newly renovated Ice House building in downtown Harrisonburg along with other offices such as JMU's Office of Outreach and Engagement, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Tech Council, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Entrepreneurship, among others.  Our location downtown provides community members easy access to the Center. 

MCCD builds upon the successful (and now former) Partners in Community Leadership Program, which began in 2008.  The Partners in Community Leadership Program and the Town of Elkton received an Achievement Award from the Virginia Municipal League in 2010 for our innovative and collaborative approach to solving local problems.   

We have received requests and worked with a number of local governments and nonprofits spread throughout the Shenandoah Valley and across Virginia.  Feel free to touch base should you have any questions or if you or your organization has an interest in working with the Madison Center for Community Development!  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Dr. Nicholas (Nick) J. Swartz