Community Development Course

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May 6-7, 2015 | Ball State Indianapolis Center
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The Community Development Course (CDC)is a must attend for all community and economic developers! It is an intense, hands-on, unique educational experience designed to immerse you in a mix of theoretical and practical applications applied to real life situations.     

This course covers trends and new approaches in economic development, including:

  • Understanding GIS
  • The role of planning in community development
  • Managing volunteers
  • Group facilitation
  • Community development career management

*Course agenda may be subject to change.

Mentors with more than 75 collective years of experience use real-life case studies to facilitate small group learning.  You will interact with community development professionals from across the state and gain new strategies for dealing with community challenges.  


“I found the Building Better Communities program full of helpful information, extremely worthwhile for future growth. The course was well led, with the right mix of knowledgeable facilitators, good mix of information, and still flexible to meet the needs of the participants.”

"This program brought together a dynamic group of community advocates and gives you the opportunity to learn from individuals across the state dealing with similar issues.  It’s a great resource and networking opportunity.”

"This course not only offered tools to assess my community and organization but also myself professionally. We were presented with the tools to use for continuous improvement of all aspects in addition the group activities and networking opportunities were very valuable.”  


  • full or part-time community development professionals with public, civic, or private development agencies
  • experienced professionals seeking to update and expand their knowledge and skills  
  • government officials, community volunteers, and other community leaders    
  • professionals from the fields of planning, housing, community foundations, utilities, social services, and economic development    
  • anyone looking to learn more about community development  

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Building Better Communities
Carmichael Hall (CA), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-2773
Fax: 765-285-4989
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