Registration Information

Registration for CDI 2021 Year 1 is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for Year 1, please contact Emily Cooper-Yates at

Follow this link to register for CDI 2021.

CDI 2021 will be hosted August 2 – August 6, 2021 on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. Participants for CDI 2020, please check your email for 2021 registration details specific to you.

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, August 2 and will end at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 6, 2021.  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 Due to the cancellation of CDI 2020, we will not offer an early bird registration for CDI 2021.
Regular $600 June 15, 2021
Late $650 Start of CDI 2020
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.


Cost for attending the Institute covers the entire week of institute sessions, materials, refreshments, and special events.

Final payments are requested by July 16, 2021, unless prior arrangements are made. 

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 16, 2021 you will receive a full refund to CDI 2021. Cancellations after July 16, 2021 will only receive a 50% refund. If you have any questions, please call 501-450-3118.


We have two options for lodging in Conway, AR.

To reserve your room for CDI at the Hilton Garden Inn, call (501) 329-1444 or click here for online booking. To qualify for the special group rate of $104, you must reserve your room by July 11, 2021.

To reserve your room for CDI at the Home2 Suites by Hilton, call (501) 504-2602 or click here for online booking. To qualify for the special group rate of $99, you must reserve your room by July 2, 2021.

PCED Test:

The next PCED exam will be held on March 18, 2021 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at UCA. The test lasts approximately two hours.

The Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) test will be offered again in August 2021. Testing fee is $225, with checks payable on-site to the Community Development Council. Advance authorization and pre-registration for the test are required 45 days in advance. Pre-register to take the PCED exam at The PCED is optional and is not required for CDI attendance.