The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) is a part of the University of Central Arkansas’ Outreach and Community Engagement Division. CCED manages the Community Development Institute Central, supports Arkansas communities and community developers, and helps represent the university in its community engagement efforts.
The Community Development Institute Central (CDI), established in 1987 at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), in Conway, Arkansas, trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. The complete CDI experience is a three year training program, with one week of training per year. Participants move through the program curriculum in cohorts, and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development. CDI is relevant for both new and seasoned professionals because it focuses on best practices and current trends.