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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Regional Training

CCED hosts regional training events across Arkansas throughout the year that cover topics relevant to the community that we are working in. Theses events feature a variety of training sessions based on the region’s needs, such as economic development, community development, placemaking, diversity and communication, workforce development, marketing, leadership, and much more. 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.


Newtonia Go!

Newtonia Go! is a community and economic development simulation that allows participants to experience the development of a community from the ground up and some of the real-life challenges that community leaders and citizens face. If you are interested in hosting a Newtonia Go! simulation in your community, please contact Shelby Fiegel at

Participants in Newtonia Simulation

Poverty Simulation

UCA’s Division of Outreach & Community Engagement is equipped to provide your department or organization with skilled facilitation of a three-hour poverty simulation for 25-80 participants. Groups must be able to provide 25 volunteers to host the simulation.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)—an interactive, immersion experience— is owned by the Missouri Community Action Network. The simulation provides a glimpse into the structural barriers of poverty to transform participants’ perspectives about their own communities. These transformed perspectives inspire action toward positive community change. If you are interested in learning more about the Community Action Poverty Simulation or purchasing a CAPS kit license, please visit or

Use our Request Form to schedule your poverty simulation with UCA Outreach today!

Poverty Simulation debrief

Additional Training Opportunities

Additional training opportunities are offered on the campus of UCA throughout the year. The CCED 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 Arkansas.