The Alabama Community Development Institute (CDI) was approved by the Community Development Council (CDC) in February, 2007. Curriculum for years one and two (2008 and 2009) were held at the Houston Cole Library. The Alabama CDI has temporarily discontinued any course offerings until the economic outlook improves.
Individuals that are interested in "fast-tracking" the completion of training can attend CDIs in the other states that offer the CDI experience. Currently, the Community Development Council (CDC) has approved Community Development Institutes in six regions of the nation: Arkansas, Texas, West Virginia, Illinois, Idaho, and Alabama. The CDC is currently entertaining proposals from New England and the West Coast, which will complete the regions targeted by the CDC in terms of national coverage. Even though our program here is titled the Alabama CDI, our service area includes the states of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama.
The CDI is committed to the non-exclusive training of individuals in the fields of community and economic development. The participants come from a wide range of occupations and interests, from elected officials to volunteers at non-profit organizations.
The institute training takes place one week per year for three years. At the end of the three-year training cycle, an individual may qualify to sit for the Professional Community and Economic Developer Certification exam.
Each year the participants that successfully complete the training will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or they may apply their Institute training to a formal degree program that we hope to have running as part of the Master's in Public Administration (MPA) program within the next two years.
We look forward to continuing this valuable program in the future.
R. Lawson Veasey, Executive Director
Alabama Community Development Institute
Belinda K. Blackburn, Director
Office of Continuing Education