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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Balch Springs Economic Development Department Attends National Institute

Community Development Institue (CDI) March 2019

Economic and community development representatives from across the nation participated in the Texas Community Development Institute (CDI Texas) from March 4-7. Among those completing Year 2 was Linda Highwood and completing Year 3 of the three-year program was Chris Dyser and Effie Donaldson

The four-day course was held at the Lone Star College-System Offices and included just over 50 sessions facilitated by more than 30 practitioners on such topics as Developing a Workforce, Principles and Processes of Community Development, Identifying Stakeholders and Community Assessments.

Instructors from across the country, each well known in their business and community development fields, facilitate the comprehensive program curriculum designed to meet the increasing challenges facing community developers in today's fast-paced society. The program is applicable for community leaders from towns and cities of all sizes.

The purpose of CDI is to train community officials, volunteers and employees who work with city/state/county governments, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, utility companies and community social services in the techniques of modern leadership and management of community development efforts. Since the program's inception, thousands of community leaders from throughout the country have participated in the program.

Lone Star College, Entergy Texas, Inc., and the Community Development Council are supporting organizations of CDI Texas.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit

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