33rd Annual Community Development Institute (CDI)


When: July 29-August 2, 2019

Where: University of Central Arkansas’ Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

What: The Community Development Institute (CDI) began at the University of Central Arkansas in 1987, with the goal of equipping community leaders and economic development professionals with the tools and strategies they needed to create vibrant, successful communities. 30 years later, CDI is still the go-to resource for training.

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ACDS 2018 Conference: Storyboarding Your Community’s Future

When: October 17

Where: University of Central Arkansas Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

2018 Keynote Speakers:

Whitney Kimball Coe, National Rural Assembly and Rural Strategies, TN

Rural Strategies strives to create better opportunities for small towns and rural communities by building coalitions, developing partnerships, leading public information campaigns, and advancing strategies that strengthen connections between rural and urban places.

David Leckey and Patricia Hart of Community Heart & Soul, VT

Community Heart & Soul is a catalyst for positive change that provides a roadmap for small cities and towns to build a brighter future based on what matters most everyone.

Special Guest:

Ken Hubbell of Ken Hubbell & Associates will storyboard the conference sessions.

Early Bird Registration is $95!

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The registration price will increase to $120 beginning October 3. Hotel discount rate is available for registrants.

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Leading For Change

When: Saturday, November 3

Where: University of Central Arkansas Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

What: UCA’s Center for Community and Economic Development will present Leading For Change to UCA students, faculty, and staff members, local community partners, elected officials, and community leaders across the state. Leading For Change is a free, one day community and economic development training event. Participants will explore topics such as: social justice, leadership, community development, community resilience and sustainability, and participate in an interactive session utilizing data.

Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

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