Main Street Texarkana E.D. Completes Community Development Institute


Ina McDowell, Executive Director, Main Street Texarkana has recently completed Year 1 of the 31st Annual Community Development Institute(CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas on August 4, 2017.

CDI trains community leaders and economic development professionals on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities.  This is achieved by developing the ability of participants to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders, and bring communities, organizations and businesses together to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.

The complete institute experience is a three year program, with one week 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.

UCA is the birthplace for the Community Development Institute, which started in 1987 in partnership with Entergy, Southwestern Bell, and ARKLA.  Since that time, CDIs have been established in Texas, Idaho, Alabama and Illinois, and a national governing and certification body, the Community Development Council, has been created.  More information about CDI can be found at

Main Street Texarkana is a nationally accredited organization of Main Street America under the National Main Street Center.  Main Street Texarkana serves and receives accreditations by the requirements of both Main Street Texas, and Main Street Arkansas.  For more information visit, or call 903-792-7191.

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