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The mission of CDI is to empower people with the knowledge and skills necessary to proactively improve the physical and human resources of their communities, thereby increasing the quality of life for all citizens.
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The CDI program consists of three, four-day training sessions which can be completed in subsequent years at the same site location or by fast tracking to multiple sites within the CDI network in a single year or more.
Learn more about the Community Development Council here!
The focus of year one is on the foundations of community development and includes group simulations providing participants with a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of a community development approach.
Community Asset Mapping and Assessments
Community and Economic Development Practice
Community Strategic Visioning and Planning
Identifying and Developing Stakeholders and Volunteers
Understanding Community Economies
The emphasis of year two is placed on the “nuts and bolts'' of implementing economic development strategies, including business attraction, expansion and retention, and entrepreneurship. Overview of commercial and industrial development projects and group simulations are learning tools for this course.
Building Entrepreneurial Communities
Business Attraction and Site Selection Process
Business Retention and Expansion
Community and Economic Development Finance
Quality of Place
The focus of year three is on implementing the knowledge gained in previous years plus acquiring skills in leadership, marketing and organizing the community development effort.
Community Leadership Development
Marketing Your Community
Measuring Community Progress
Workforce Planning and Development
*To register for Year Two, participants must have attended Year 1. To register for Year Three, participants must have attended Years 1 and 2.
Participants who complete 3 years of training may elect to pursue Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification.