Training Opportunities

The Center for Community and Economic Development offers several forms of training:

Community Development Institute Central

CDI Central, established in 1987, trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. The complete CDI experience is a three year training program, with one week of training per year. Participants move through the program curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.

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Training Events

The Center hosts regional training events across Arkansas throughout the year, through funding from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Theses events feature a variety of training sessions based on the region’s needs, such as: economic development, community development, placemaking, regionalism, diversity and communication, workforce development, marketing/branding, leadership, interactive activities, and much more. Many times these trainings are free of charge and are provided through grant funding from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. If you are interested in hosting a regional training event in your area, please contact us at

To find upcoming event, please visit our Events page.


Additional Training Opportunities

Additional training opportunities are offered on the campus of UCA throughout the year. The Center will also work with communities or organizations to develop customized training programs.

Example training topics include:

  • Business Retention and Expansion Program Development
  • Community and Economic Development 101
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Community Marketing
  • Community Assessment and Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Infrastructure
  • Leadership
  • Quality of Life and Place
  • Workforce Development

Contact us to develop customized training for your community or organization. Please see the Events page for details about our events and other conferences and events throughout Central Arkansas.