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CDI Central in Louisiana

We are launching this new initiative in 2024!

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In partnership with Community Development Institute (CDI) Central at the University of Central Arkansas, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is hosting CDI in Bossier City in 2024.

This training, which will take place over the course of three weeks during 2024, builds the capacity of individuals and communities to positively impact economic and social development. Participants move through the program in a cohort and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development. Download our flyer to further explain the Institute HERE!

If you have an interest in making your community a better place to live, work, play and learn - we want YOU to experience CDI with us.

DIRECTORS: Jessica Hemingway, PCED, and Lisa Johnson, will co-direct the Louisiana site of CDI in 2024. Both have participated in three years of CDI Central as well as the advanced year course. Jessica has taken the test to certify as a Professional Community and Economic Developer, one of only 5 in Louisiana, and something attendees can do after completing the third round of training (Session III in Louisiana).

INSTRUCTORS: The institute's faculty consists of development professionals from the corporate, academic, non-profit, and government sectors from North Louisiana and the mid-South.

CURRICULUM: The curriculum is delivered through various formats including a combination of lecture, small group discussions, simulations, and individual projects. The focus is on active, rather than passive learning.

REGISTRATION: The 2024 class has already begun. Interested in participating in 2025? Feel free to email us at with a Letter of Intent on why you want to be included in our 2025 class.

Registration is $1,800 for the entire year - three sessions - of CDI.

DATES: The dates for the 2024 sessions are: February 20-23, June 3-7, September 30-October 4.
2025 dates coming soon!

PLACE: Thanks to our host sponsor - Louisiana Tech University - we will host all three sessions at the Louisiana Tech Academic Success Center building, 6220 E Texas Street, Building H of Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, LA 71111.

SPONSORS: We are currently looking for corporate sponsors to help us provide this training as well as donors to scholarship participants. Email Jessica for more information!

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Check out CDI Central HERE! Check out the Community Development Council HERE! Read more about the Professional Community and Economic Developer certification HERE!

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Presenting Sponsor: Louisiana Economic Development

Host Sponsor: Louisiana Tech

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

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