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 2015 Advanced Year Work in Heber Springs, AR 

The Center for Community and Economic Development worked with U of A Cooperative Extension and Dr. Mark Peterson in Heber Springs, AR during the CDI 2015 Advanced Year class. Heber Springs was selected as the Advanced Year Kick Start Community for the 2015 Institute.

During CDI 2015, a group of professional community and economic professionals and CDI graduates assessed the city through an online assessment, research-based assessment, driving tour, and speaking community leaders and citizens during the week of CDI 2015. Our work in Heber Springs outside of the CDI Advanced Year class’s work has thus far included one community forum in October. Moving forward, Heber Springs will continue to hold community meetings and construct a core leadership group whose goal will be to identify priority areas for the city and ultimately develop a strategic action plan.

Read the report prepared by the Advanced Year Class here: Advanced Year Report