Community Capacity Development Office

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The Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) is an office of the United States Department of Justice and a component of the Office of Justice Programs. Its mission is to work within local communities to reduce crime in and improve the quality of life.

The office oversees the Weed and Seed program, which works to reduce drug abuse, violent crime and gang activity in high-risk neighborhoods. There are over 300 Weed and Seed locations across the country.

The CCDO is headed by Dennis E. Greenhouse, formerly County Executive of New Castle County, Delaware.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC)[1] is an officially designated Weed and Seed technical assistance provider in areas of economic development and neighborhood restoration. Through a grant from the Department of Justice, IEDC helps Weed & Seed communities initiate efforts to bring in new investment and economic opportunities to their neighborhoods. IEDC’s assistance is at no cost to the community.

For a sample agenda of an IEDC Weed and Seed Site, please see: http://www.iedconline.org/Downloads/IEDC_Weed_Seed_Sample_Agenda.pdf

Due to lack of federal funding, the Community Capacity Development Office closed June 5, 2011.

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