Impact – Training

Community Development Institute (CDI)

The Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas is a national leader in community and economic development. CDI’s track record includes thousands of trained community leaders and over 800 graduates of the three year program. Our impact area includes most of the Mid-South and is shown below.

 

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30th Annual Community Development Institute (CDI)

CDI 2016 marked our 30th Annual CDI were over 120 diverse community leaders gathered to celebrate and grow. The highlights of the week were opening remarks by Governor Asa Hutchinson, a special luncheon to commemorate the 30th Annual Institute and keynote speakers, Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute and Ted Abernathy of Economic Leadership LLC. The week was closed by awarding the Friend to Community Development Award to the Newport Economic Development Commission (NEDC), received by Director Jon Chadwell. Followed by Ivy Owen, Executive Director of the Fort Chafee Redevelopment Authority, receiving the Bill Miller Award in recognition for his longstanding leadership and support of CDI.

For more information about CDI, visit uca.edu/cdi.

For pictures of the Institute, including participants who graduated, please visit: facebook.com/CDI.UCA/photos

 

Community Development Basics

Community Development Basics was created in partnership with UCA’s PhD Leadership and Master of Science in Community and Economic Development programs. This event shared the basics of community and economic development with a cross section of UCA students and community members. The Center plans to host additional training events for these groups in the future.

 

Empower Your Small Town

In partnership with the Crossett Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, our team held Empower Your Small Town in Crossett, Arkansas. This event targeted southeast Arkansas community leaders and shared community and economic development topics similar to past regional trainings, such as: “Economic Development 101 & Community Branding and Marketing,” “Role of the Local Official in Economic Development,” “Site Selection, Preparing the Product, and Working with AEDC,” “The Community’s Role in Retaining and Growing Small Businesses in a Challenging Economy,” “Fueling Local Economic Change through Youth Entrepreneurship,” and an interactive activity called “Using What You Have.”

Southwest Arkansas Economic Development Boot Camp

The Southwest Arkansas Boot Camp was held in Magnolia and attended by 55 community leaders from 39 different communities. The event was funded by a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF).  Speakers included, Jon Chadwell with the Newport Economic Commission, Steve Jones with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Jeff Amerine with Startup Junkie Consulting, and Teresa Cheeks Wilson and Kathy Moore Cowan with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch, covering topics such as “Economic Development 101 & Community Branding and Marketing,” “Site Selection, Preparing the Product, and Working with AEDC,” “The Community’s Role in Retaining and Growing Small Businesses in a Challenging Economy,” and participants also took part in an interactive activity titled “Using What You Have.”

 

Saving Your Small Town – Independence CountyUsing What You Have SYST (7)

Over 40 community leaders from multiple cities in and around Independence County attended “Saving Your Small Town: Home Grown Community and Economic Development,” a community and economic development training event hosted by our team at the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) and our friends at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, on November 12 at Lyon College. “Saving Your Small Town: Home Grown Community and Economic Development” was created through a medley of elements from our own premiere community and economic development training program, the Community Development Institute (CDI), and the St. Louis Fed’s program of the same name.

 

Western Arkansas Economic Development Boot Camp
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The Western Arkansas Economic Development Boot Camp for community leaders in Western Arkansas was held at the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center. The Boot Camp, modeled after our premiere community and economic

development training program the Community Development Institute (CDI), was created as an initiative to support the Center’s Rural Community and Economic Development Grant awarded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, as a part of their Moving the Needle Strategic Plan 2.0. The Center will offer training events and technical assistance across the state throughout the next three years.

Over 40 community leaders from 17 different communities in western Arkansas attended the Western Arkansas Economic Development Boot Camp. At this free event, attendees learned about community marketing, business recruitment, and site selection strategies from leaders in community and economic development throughout the state. The event was held in partnership with the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District, the Fort Smith River Valley Alliance, and the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority.