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 Employees
  • City Planners
  • Chamber Directors
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Nonprofit Leaders
  • Bankers
  • Energy Providers
  • Sate Government Employees
  • …anyone interested in bettering their community!

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 speakers consist 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. We strive to ensure that all of our programming has some level of direct engagement and interactivity. 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 HERE.

When and where is the next CDI?

The next institute will be July 29th – August 2nd, 2024 in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, on the UCA campus in Conway, Arkansas.

We also have sister sites across the United States. You can find more information on those sites here:

How do I register for CDI?

Register online or by calling 501-450-3460