Batesville Area Chamber President/CEO Graduates from Community Development Institute

Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO,  was among the 32 individuals who were awarded graduation certificates  during the 27th Annual Community Development Institute –  Central (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas on August 2, 2013.   Johnson completed all three years of the institute’s program of study.

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, West Virginia,  Idaho and Illinois, and a national governing and certification body,  the Community Development Council, has been created.  More information  about CDI can be found at

About the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce:

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business  in Independence County, providing advocacy, promotion and resources  for chamber members. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce sets the  standard for excellence in member service, community collaboration,  business growth and achieving a high quality of life in the Batesville  area.