Community Development Partnership 26th Annual Meeting

community development partnershipCDP to mark achievements and share plans for the future at 26th Annual Meeting

Eastham, MA – The Community Development Partnership (CDP) announces the celebration of their 26th Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 13th and invites you to join them.  The Meeting will take place at Wellfleet Preservation Hall – 335 Main Street in Wellfleet.

The Annual Meeting is a time to acknowledge the organization’s achievements and important community partners, as well as to present plans for the future. Specifically the CDP will introduce clients to share their stories of how the programs and services of the CDP made a difference in their lives. Two members of the community will be honored with the Annual Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service and Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.  And new Advisory Council members will be announced.

“The 2017 Annual Meeting marks the beginning of a celebration of the CDP’s 25th year of creating opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape,” said CDP Executive Director, Jay Coburn. “We are eager to honor our awardees, celebrate our past accomplishments and share our exciting plans for the future.”

The 13th Annual Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service will be presented this year to Wellfleet Preservation Hall. Their mission says it all, “to create and nurture community connections”. For the past six years, Wellfleet Preservation hall has done just that, becoming an integral part of the community. The Hall is a constant hub of activities, with a little something for everyone. Visual, musical or performance art; film, literature, circus arts or yoga, they celebrate and invite programs and exhibits that invigorate and energize. Each year they host over 700 events. A big component of their success is their focus on collaboration to produce programming. According to Hall Executive Director, Janet Lesniak, “In a few short years Wellfleet Preservation Hall has come to life, engaging the community in its success and promoting a lively vibrancy in the center of downtown.”  

Coburn said, “Preservation Hall is the perfect example of a group of citizens coming together to save an historic structure in a village center, build community in the process and create an economic engine that attracts business in downtown Wellfleet year round.”

The organization’s 4th Annual Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship will be presented to Lower Cape business owner, Laura Davis of Cosmos Catering in Provincetown. 

Cosmos Catering has been in business for 15 years. During that time, they have become a vital part of the community. Cosmos is focused on hiring local, community minded employees. They’re committed to the environment, using environmentally friendly products and recycling and composting as much as possible. And they are committed to supporting local community organizations through resources, time and talent. To launch her business, owner Laura Davis worked with staff at the CDP’s former Provincetown Business Development Center. “The staff helped in so many ways. I am not sure I would have been able to get the company up and running without their help,” said Davis. And over the years, as her business grew, she and her staff have honed business skills by participating in CDP business workshops and trainings. “My business partner, Nancy, myself and our team are grateful for the CDP green certification program and their overall support for small business on the Outer Cape.”

Added Coburn, “Cosmos Catering is a business that the CDP is so proud to have helped grown into the successful enterprise it is today. They will be catering the Annual Meeting which is yet another example of their giving back to the community that is so supportive of their business.”

The event is generously sponsored by Kerry Insurance Agency and Seamen’s Bank. To purchase tickets go or call Josie at (508) 240-7873 x22.  Tickets are $25. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.


The Community Development Partnership supports an array of programs that strengthen our Lower Cape community, providing greater opportunities for all who live here to thrive.

Our work starts with creating affordable homes—so essential to a healthy economy, but a real challenge in communities like ours where seasonal and vacation dynamics drive the market beyond the reach of many who live and work locally all year round.

We also work to launch entrepreneurs and strengthen local businesses. We believe a vibrant future depends on sustaining traditional industries and inspiring new ones—especially when they’re based on renewable natural resources such as fishing, farming, art and hospitality.

In all that we do, we aim to protect the natural environment around us—preserving the character and sustaining the future of this special place we call home.

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