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 Central

Director: Shelby Fiegel
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Brewer-Hegeman 102
Conway, AR  72035
Email: sfiegel@uca.edu
Phone: 501.450.5269

2023 Training Dates:
July 31-August 4
Brewer Hegeman Conference Center
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR  72035

2023 PCED Exam Dates:
March 14 (1 p.m. CST)
Brewer Hegeman Conference Center
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR  72035

August 4 (1 p.m. CST)
Brewer Hegeman Conference Center
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR  72035
October 2023 (1 p.m. CST)
Brewer Hegeman Conference Center
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR  72035

 

 

 

CDI Mid-Atlantic

Director: Roger Hesketh
University of Delaware
Biden School of Public Policy & Administration
100 W. 10th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
Email: rogergh@udel.edu
Phone: 302.573.4422

2023 Training Dates:
July 24-27
Community Education Building
University of Delaware
1200 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE  19801

CDI Midwest

Co-Directors: Christopher Merrett and Sandy Wittig
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
Western Illinois University
518 Stipes Hall – 1 University Circle
Macomb, IL  61455
Phone: 309.298.2281
Email: info@midwestcdi.org

2023 Training Dates:
August 7-10
Abraham Lincoln Hotel
701 E. Adams Street
Springfield, IL  62701

2023 PCED Exam Dates:
February 23
Abraham Lincoln Hotel
701 E. Adams Street
Springfield, IL  62701

August 10
Abraham Lincoln Hotel
701 E. Adams Street
Springfield, IL  62701

CDI Northwest

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

2023 Training Dates:
July 10-14
The Riverside Hotel
2900 W. Chinden Boulevard
Garden City, ID  83714

2023 PCED Exam Dates:
July 14
The Riverside Hotel
2900 W. Chinden Boulevard
Garden City, ID  83714

CDI Southeast

Director: Mary Patterson, CPA, SHRM-CP
College of Continuing Studies
The University of Alabama
240 Paul W. Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Email: mpatterson@ccs.ua.edu
Phone:205.348.7049

2023 Training Dates:
June 12-15
Bryant Conference Center
The University of Alabama
240 Paul W. Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL  35487

 

 

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

2023 Training Dates:
March 6-9
Lone Star Community Building
Lone Star College-System Office The Woodlands
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX  77381

2023 PCED Exam Dates:
March 10 (10 a.m. CST)
Lone Star Community Building
Lone Star College-System Office The Woodlands
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX  77381