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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Thrivers & Strugglers: A Growing Economic Divide

Thrivers & Strugglers: A Growing Economic Divide will explore the demographics of wealth based on research conducted by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, help participants understand poverty in Arkansas, and share promising practices that address poverty at the local level. The event’s goal is to bring together the UCA community, community leaders from across the state, non-profit leaders, and citizens who want to be a part of the fight against poverty.

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When: March 28, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with an optional session lasting until 4:30 p.m.

Where: University of Central Arkansas, Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

Registration: Registration cost is $10 and includes a buffet lunch.



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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