The Community Development Institute (better known as CDI) has been the go-to resource for community and economic development training in the Mid-South since 1987. At CDI, community leaders learn the skills and strategies they need to make an immediate, positive impact on their community. On the CDI podcast, we are expanding our reach by connecting with community leaders and citizens to explore a broad range of community and economic development topics and engage in real conversations with leaders across the state of Arkansas and beyond.
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin
Join us on for episode 58 of the CDI Podcast as our CCED 2022 spring intern Dalton Thompson and UCA student Gabrielle Harvey speak with Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin! Lt. Governor Griffin shares his background, vision, and scope of work. Learn more by listening to his story on the CDI Podcast.
Robert Furrey of Baptist Health Medical Center - Conway
Health is a critical component of a strong community and economic development ecosystem. On this week's CDI Podcast, we deep dive into why creating healthy communities is important with Robert Furrey, Associate Vice President of Hospital Operations at Baptist Health Medical Center - Conway. Robert also shares his thoughts on HOW we can support our citizens on their health journey.
Zachary Mannheimer of Atlas Community Studios and Alquist 3D
On the latest episode of the #CDIPodcast, we are joined by Zachary Mannheimer of Atlas Community Studios and Alquist 3D to learn about his career, a holistic approach to community and economic development, and the future of affordable housing development with 3D printed homes.
Fun Fact: Zachary is a certified Arkansas Traveler through the State of Arkansas!
Greta Hacker of the University of Central Arkansas
Why should community leaders focus on mental health as an important economic issue? According to a study published by PharmacoEconomics, latest estimates show that the incremental economic burden of adults with major depressive disorders (MDD) was $326 billion in 2018, 38 percent higher than in 2010. On this week's CDI Podcast, we explore why supporting mental health should be a crucial piece of every leader's community and economic development plans.
Alison Wish of the Arkansas Coding Academy
Since its inception in 2016, the Arkansas Coding Academy (ARCA) has provided information technology training to individuals looking to learn new technical skills. On this week's CDI Podcast episode, ARCA Director Alison Wish shares how ARCA supports its students and the workforce demands in our state in a unique way.
Dr. Ryan Watley of Go Forward Pine Bluff
On this episode of the CDI Podcast, we're joined by Dr. Ryan Watley, CEO of Go Forward Pine Bluff, to learn about their progress on community and economic development initiatives in Pine Bluff including their downtown streetscape and upcoming 6th Avenue Project.
Another great podcast! I’m so excited to hear the CDI podcast every week! I nominate Mayor Trae Reed and more of Ryan Biles for future episodes. They’ve done a lot for my community and would love to hear more from them
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I love hearing from a variety of community and economic development experts. The topics are relevant for our local community leaders, and I like that the episodes are short and easy to digest!