Community Development Institute

Troy University’s Community Development Institute scheduled for October 12 – 15, 2015 has been cancelled. For information, please contact Dr. Gregory Jones at or 334-241-9597.

The Southeast Community Development Institute (CDI) is designed to train those engaged, or wishing to engage, in community development. Techniques taught are beneficial to all in the community and revolve around management, leadership and basic community development principles (which include economic, workforce and leadership development).

Who should attend?

Community officials and volunteers associated with city, county, and state government, chambers of commerce, private and public sector economic development organizations, utility companies, main street organizations, workforce development professionals and financial institutions will find the institute a valuable learning tool for the development of individual and community leadership skills.

View 2015 Brochure


Year One
  • Community Development Values and Principles
  • Community Assessment
  • Introduction to Economic Development
  • Community Branding
  • Community Simulation Game
  • Strategic Visioning and Planning
  • Diversity and Multicultural Communication
  • Asset-based Community Development
  • Tax Incentives
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Identifying and Working with Stakeholders
  • Workforce Planning and Development
  • Data-based Decisions
Year Two
  • Business Retention and Expansion (BRE)
  • Building Entrepreneurial Communities
  • Community and Economic Development Finance
  • The Business Site Selection Process
  • Global Trends and Impacts on Rural Regions
  • Community Asset Mapping
  • Encouraging Community Participation
  • Trends and Issues in Public Safety
Year Three
  • Economic Modeling
  • Workforce Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Working with the Media
  • Managing Change
  • Ethics in Community Development
  • Community Healthcare
  • Tourism
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Best Practices Project

National CDI Network

National CDI Network - The Community Development Council (CDC) is a national nonprofit organization with the mission of improving professional training and practice in community development. The CDC oversees a national network of Community Development Institutes, including sites in Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, and Texas. For more information about the CDC and CDI site locations visit

Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) - Enhance your career by becoming a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). CDI helps prepare you for this nationally-recognized certification offered through the Community Development Council (CDC). In order to earn the PCED certification, you must first qualify to take the examination through a point process earned through job experience and relevant education and training. More information is available at

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2015 Southeast CDI

Presented by:
Troy University
October 12-15, 2015

Troy University
231 Montgomery Street
Montgomery, AL


Hampton Inn
100 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
0.3 Miles from Troy University Montgomery Campus
Click here to register for the institute rate of $94/night (use Code: CDI)
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Embassy Suites
300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
0.2 Miles from Troy University Montgomery Campus
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Double Tree by Hilton
120 Madison Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104
0.3 Miles from Troy University Montgomery Campus
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Renaissance by Marriott Hotel
Montgomery, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
0.3 Miles from Troy University Montgomery Campus
Website Link 334-481-5144

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Registration for Years 1, 2, and 3 is $600 before August 31, 2015 and $650 after. Registration fees cover training/instruction, participant materials, breakfast and refreshment breaks. Accommodations and all other meals are the responsibility of the participant. Register online at by September 30, 2015. 

Register Online
Register by Phone: 334-983-0005

Deadline for registration is April 3, 2014 and no refunds and/or substitutions after April 10, 2015 will be allowed. Attendance is mandatory to receive certification and registration is not complete until payment is received.

Attendance at all sessions is required to earn full credit. If a participant misses more than 10 percent of the course sessions, credit for course completion will not be given. Completion of CDI earns one PCED certification or re-certification point.

For More Information contact Courtney Taylor at or 334-670-3524.

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