The Midwest CDI is part of a national network of training sites. The first CDI was launched in Arkansas in 1987. There are currently three other sites across the U.S.: Central CDI, Northwest CDI, and Texas CDI. The Community Development Council, a national non-profit organization, oversees the CDIs and also administers the Professional Community and Economic Developer certification. For more information about the CDC, visit their website


The core curriculum is the same at all CDI sites. It is possible for an individual to take Year One in one location, Year Two in another, and Year Three at a third site, and still be prepared for the PCED exam. Sometimes called “fast-tracking,” this allows an individual to complete the training and qualify for the PCED certification exam sooner.

CDI Central 

August 3-7, 2020

Managing Director: Shelby Fiegel
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Brewer-Hegeman 102
Conway, AR  72035
Email: sfiegel@uca.edu
Phone: 501.450.5269

2020 PCED Exam Dates:
March 18
University of Central Arkansas (UCA)
Conway, AR

August 7
University of Central Arkansas (UCA)
Conway, AR

CDI Northwest

July 13-17, 2020

Director: Jerry Miller
Idaho Commerce
700 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702
Email: jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov

Phone: (208) 287-0780

2020 PCED Exam Date:
July 17
Riverside Hotel
Boise, ID

CDI Texas
March 2-5, 2020

Director: Kay Fitzsimons
Lone Star College
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX  77381
Email: kay.l.fitzsimons@lonestar.edu
Phone: 832.813.6623

Lone Star Community Building
Lone Star College-System Office
The Woodlands, TX

2020 PCED Exam Dates:
March 6 (10 a.m. CST)
Lone Star College-System Office
The Woodlands, TX

CDI Southeast
November 4-7, 2019

Director: E.E. (Skip) Campbell, Ph.D.
Gadsden Center, University of Alabama
121 North 1st Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
Phone:  (256) 546-2886