Advanced Year

Applications for the 2016 Advanced Year community will be available in spring 2016.

The Advanced Year class of the Community Development Institute (CDI) focuses on the application of community and economic development principles in a real-world setting, with the Advanced Year Class of CDI 2015 working with Heber Springs August 3-6.


Information for Prospective Participants

CDI is now accepting registrations for the Advanced Year class. The class is open to any graduate of the Community Development Institute. Scholarships are available for Advanced Year students. Please e-mail Amy Whitehead at if you would like more information or have any questions.

Registration cost: $550

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CDI 2014 Advanced Year Work in Paris, AR 

The Center for Community and Economic Development worked with U of A Cooperative Extension and Dr. Mark Peterson in Paris, AR during the CDI 2014 Advanced Year class. Paris was selected as the Advanced Year Kick Start Community for the 2014 Institute.

Our work in Paris has included three community forums, one held in September, October, and November. At these forums, the community identified core values and a vision for the group’s efforts; community action groups were organized; and the community action groups worked through the Breakthrough Solutions Action Process. These action groups are continuing to move forward to improve community education, community branding, and quality of life efforts.

Read the report prepared by the Advanced Year Class for leaders in Paris.

Our work in Paris culminated with the creation of the Paris Action Plan, a five year strategic plan for the city of Paris developed by the Center, Dr. Mark Peterson, and PACK (Paris Area Community Kick-Start). On May 30, Paris will unveil the strategic plan to the Paris community – this is the end result of all the hard work the class did to kick-start the community’s development process!

Read the Paris Action Plan here.

Watch the “Paris Action Plan Video” by clicking below:

Paris Eiffel Tower Park Video