Community Development Institute (CDI)

The mission of CDI is to empower people with the knowledge and skills necessary to proactively improve the physical and human resources of their communities, thereby increasing the quality of life for all citizens.

CDI can effectively and positively impact economic and social development by building the capacity of individuals and communities through practical, interactive, and comprehensive training designed to meet the needs of economic and community development professional working in a fast paced environment.

The program consists of three, four-day training sessions which can be completed in subsequent years at the same site location or by fast tracking to multiple sites within the CDI network in a single year or more. Participants are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to community and economic development. In addition to learning from successful practitioners, CDI also offers valuable networking and peer‐to‐peer learning opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

Participants include community and economic development practitioners, city, county and state officials and community volunteers, non-profit staff and board members, chamber staff, private industry, municipal districts, and academics, all of whom find the institute to be a valuable learning tool for the development of individual and community leadership skills. Attendees will expand their ability to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration, and respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.

CDI Across the Nation

CDI is a national network of training sites endorsed by the Community Development Council (CDC), a nationally-recognized, non-profit organization with the mission of advancing the practice and profession of community development.

 

CDI California

Co-Directors: Sal Rana and Ismael Herrera
California State University, Fresno
5245 N. Backer Ave. M/S PB5
Fresno, CA 93740
Email: srana@csufresno.edu or isherrera@csufresno.edu
Phone: 559.278.8019 or 559.278.0519

2018 Training Dates:
May 21-24
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA

CDI Central

Director: Amy Whitehead
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Brewer-Hegeman 102
Conway, AR  72035
Email: amyw@uca.edu
Phone: 501.852.2930

2018 Training Dates:
July 30-August 3
University of Central Arkansas (UCA)
Conway, AR

2018 PCED Exam Dates:
March 12
University of Central Arkansas (UCA)
Conway, AR

August 3
University of Central Arkansas (UCA)
Conway, AR

CDI Midwest

Co-Directors: Christopher Merrett, Ph.D. and Sandy Wittig, MBA
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
Phone: 309.298.2281
Email: info@midwestcdi.org

2018 Training Dates:
August 6-9
Western Illinois University
Moline, IL

2018 PCED Exam Date:
August 9
Western Illinois University

CDI Northwest

Director: Jerry Miller
Idaho Commerce
700 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702
Email: jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov
Phone: 208.287.0780

2018 Training Dates:
July 9-13
Riverside Hotel
Boise, ID

2018 PCED Exam Date:
July 13
Riverside Hotel
Boise, ID

CDI Southeast

Director: E.E. (Skip) Campbell, Ph.D.
Gadsden Center, University of Alabama
P.O. Box 1280
Gadsden, Alabama 35902
Email:eecampbell@ccs.ua.eduu
Phone:256.546.2886

2018 Training Dates
November 12-16
Gadsden Center, The University of Alabama
Gadsen, AL

CDI Texas

Director: Kay Fitzsimons
Lone Star College
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX  77381
Email: kay.l.fitzsimons@lonestar.edu
Phone: 832.813.6623

2018 Training Dates:
March 5-8
Lone Star College-System Office
The Woodlands, TX

2018 PCED Exam Date:
March 8 (10 a.m. CST)
Lone Star College-System Office
The Woodlands, TX