Masks are required as the campus is at red status.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete CDI?

The complete CDI experience is a three year training program, with one week of training per year.


Who would benefit from attending CDI?

•Elected Officials

•City Planners

•Chamber Directors

•Economic Development Professionals

•Nonprofit Leaders

CDI is relevant for both new and seasoned professionals because it focuses on best practices and current trends. Anyone in a position of leadership in a community, including government, education, business, faith-based programs, and other areas, will benefit from the insights and knowledge gained at CDI and from the networking opportunities fostered through the CDI experience.


Who are the CDI instructors?

The institute’s faculty consists of development professionals from the corporate, academic, non-profit, and government sectors from Arkansas and the mid-south.


What do you learn at CDI?

Curriculum is delivered through various formats including a combination of lecture, small group discussions, simulations, and individual projects. The focus is on real world application and strategies that can immediately be put to use in a community or organizational setting. View the curriculum for each year of the program.


When and where is the next CDI?

The next institute will be August 2 – 6, 2021 in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, on the UCA campus in Conway, Arkansas.


How do I register for CDI?

Register online or by calling 501-450-3460.