Shelby Fiegel

The University of Central Arkansas has named Shelby Fiegel director for the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED). She was formerly the managing director for CCED.

Fiegel will oversee the Community Development Institute (CDI), development of training and technical assistance programs for Arkansas communities and the development of external partnerships that will further the university’s outreach and engagement goals.

“I am excited to start this new journey as the UCA Center for Community and Economic Development director,” said Fiegel. “I look forward to growing our connections across the state to provide high-quality training and technical assistance to Arkansas communities. With the support of our stakeholders and partners, our staff will continue to make communities stronger and more economically viable.”

Fiegel has extensive experience in community and economic development work in Arkansas. She is a 2016 graduate of CDI and is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED), designated by the Community Development Council. She has completed the Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course and is a 2017 graduate of the Conway Area Leadership Institute. She is also designated as a Strategic Doing and Poverty Simulation facilitator.

She is the vice president of membership and marketing for the Arkansas Community Development Society and UCA Staff Senate secretary and is a member of Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives and the Public Relations Society of America and its Arkansas chapter. Fiegel serves on the Conway Historic District Commission and is an Arkansas Municipal League City & Town magazine contributor.

“I am delighted to work with Shelby in her new role. She has been a strong advocate for community development and an asset to our team for over five years,” said Shaneil Ealy, associate vice president of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. “Shelby has the knowledge, passion, credentials and respect in her field, and I know she will work hard to ensure that UCA remains a key source for community and economic development training in the state.”

For more information about CCED, visit uca.edu/cced. For more information about CDI, visit uca.edu/cdi.

About CCED
The Center for Community and Economic Development’s mission is to have a positive impact on communities by equipping leaders with economic tools and resources, building consensus to achieve community goals and bringing UCA resources and communities together. CCED envisions communities across Arkansas and the country with robust economies, a flourishing quality of life and diverse and engaged citizen leaders. CCED provides customized training and technical assistance to communities and their leaders and is part of UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement.

About CDI
The Community Development Institute, established in 1987 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, trains community and economic development professionals from Arkansas and surrounding states. The complete CDI experience is a three-year training program, with five days 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.