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Arkansas Leaders Consortium 2024

When: April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:University of Central McCastlain Hall Ballroom

What:The University of Central Arkansas CDI Alumni Network in partnership with LeadARLeadership ArkansasArkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives, and the Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development (representing the Delta Leadership Institute) are hosting the Arkansas Leaders Consortium. This event will serve as a unique opportunity for alumni and members of these organizations (and friends) to gather in one place to learn from one another and connect. This will be the third convening of alumni and members of these programs and organizations in one place!


Arkansas Community Development Society Conference 2024

When: April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: University of Central Arkansas Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

What: Join ACDS as they discuss key ingredients for creating a successful community, with emphasis on natural disaster preparedness, retail, and workforce development. Share ideas and be inspired as we recognize innovative and exceptional accomplishments of communities and individuals during our ACDS Community Development Awards program. You will not want to miss the opportunity to network with community development influencers from across Arkansas and share success stories and resources to help your community flourish.


SEDC 2024 Meet the Consultants

When: April 30 – May 1

Where: The Intercontinental Atlanta Buckhead (3315 Peach tree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30326-1007)

What: To promote new economic development and to discuss future-focused strategies to accelerate progress in the American south. The Summit’s agenda will feature globally active site selectors and the council’s expert members.


 Arkansas Rural Development Conference

When: May 21 – 23

Where: Oaklawn Event Center in Hot Springs

What: The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission are dedicated to enhancing economic development throughout the state; together, we are providing participants with the latest information and resources they need to strengthen their communities. Our three-day conference draws more than 650 attendees, including mayors, county judges, legislators, state and federal officials, and community leaders. During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the many programs and services available through AEDC that assist rural communities and their leaders with development, planning and revitalization efforts. Our conference hosts a variety of breakout sessions and panels, legislative committee meetings, two luncheons as well as dinners and events!


38th Annual Community Development Institute (CDI)



When: July 29 – August 2

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.