Registration Information


CDI 2024 will be hosted July 29 – August 2, 2024 on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

Enrollment in each of the three concurrent sessions of the three-year program is limited. Prospective participants are encouraged to register as early as possible.  Attendees receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for each year’s attendance.

Please note that participants must move through the program sequentially. To attend Year 2, attendees must have attended Year 1, and to attend Year 3, attendees must have attended both Years 1 and 2. To attend the Advanced Year, participants must be CDI graduates.

You must attend all sessions of CDI to get credit. Any absences during the week of CDI must be approved by the Director on a case-by-case basis.

For questions please contact Shelby Fiegel at (501) 450-5269 or at

CDI Scholarships:

To view information about or to apply for a scholarship, see Scholarships.


CDI sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 29th and will end on Friday, August 2nd at 11:00 AM.  Only participants who attend all sessions will receive credit for the Institute.


CDI sessions are held at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, located at 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, Arkansas, 72035.


Registration Type Rate Deadline
Early-bird $550 December 14, 2023
Regular $600 July 2, 2024
Late $650 July 22, 2024
UCA Rate (available for any UCA student, staff, or faculty member) $300 (does not include tuition fees for 1 credit hour) Please contact CDI staff at for more information.
Scholarship $500 If your organization is interested in sponsoring a scholarship, we offer a special rate of $500 to support scholarships; contact Shelby Fiegel ( for more information

Cost for attending the Institute covers the entire week of Institute sessions, materials, breakfast, refreshments (afternoon snacks), and special events. Travel, lodging, and meals (lunch and dinner) should be coordinated separately by attendees.

Final payments are requested by Monday, July 8, 2024, unless prior arrangements are made. 

Registration will close Monday, July 22, 2024.

All registration fees can be paid by check, credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or Discover), or cash.

Send payments to:
UCA- Outreach & Community Engagement
Attn:  CDI Central
201 Donaghey Avenue, BHCC 102
Conway, Arkansas 72035

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

If you cancel before July 8, 2024 you will receive a full refund to CDI 2023. Cancellations between July 8 and July 22, 2024 will only receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be offered after July 22, 2024 except in cases of sickness or emergency. If you have any questions, please call 501-450-3118.


CDI participants can enjoy a variety of lodging options in the City of Conway! While there is not a required hotel for CDI participants, we have two conference hotel options offering special rates for our participants.

Courtyard by Marriott is offering a special $134 per night rate and you can book HERE.

Home2Suites by Hilton is offering a special $119 per night rate and you can book HERE.

We recommend booking lodging as soon as possible as our hotel blocks fill up fast!

Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) Exam:

The next PCED exams will be held October 12, 2023, March 21, 2024, and August 2, 2024.

All exam times are from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All exams will be held on UCA’s campus in Brewer Hegeman Conference Center Room 112/114.