Advanced Year

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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 a community 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.

Registration cost: $600

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Information for Prospective Communities

CDI is now accepting applications for one community to work with the Advanced Year class. The experience offers a community a fresh look at its assets and opportunities, plus the benefit of feedback from trained community and economic developers. While in the community, these professionals will provide an outsider’s perspective on the community, and work with community leaders to develop action steps to address key issues identified by the community.  This experience is a unique opportunity to kickstart community and economic development in your community. The Advanced Year class will work directly with the local leadership of the selected community on August 4, 2015, with additional follow-up available from CDI and U of A Cooperative Extension staff.

Interested in applying? View the criteria for eligible communities. Communities with CDI alumni are strongly encouraged to complete this application.

Any interested community should complete the application by May 1. For questions or assistance completing this application, email or call 501.450.5269.

Nominate your community for this exciting opportunity.


CDI 2015 Schedule-Draft- Please note this is a draft and subject to change.

CDI 2014 Advance Year Work in Paris, AR 

The Center for Community and Economic Development continues its work with UA Cooperative Extension and Dr. Mark Peterson in Paris, AR. Paris was selected as the Advanced Year 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. Currently, the action groups are moving 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.