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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Rural Development Conference

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – Thursday May 16, 2019

Where: Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, AR

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CDI 2019: Downtown Comeback

AS SEEN ON HGTV’S HOMETOWN! Mallorie and Jim Rasberry and Josh Nowell believe it takes a town to save a town. They will share how community-wide preservation, promotion, and economic development efforts led to the revitalization of their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Let their story be the spark that energizes your own community’s comeback story! Mallorie, Jim, and Josh will be the CDI 2019 keynote speakers, but will also be joining us for a special after-hours community presentation. Details to register are below.

When: July 30, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., doors will open and appetizers will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: University of Central Arkansas, McCastlain Ballroom

Registration: Registration is $20 and includes appetizers before the event.