2023 Year Two ParticipantsMidwest CDI

2024 Midwest CDI Conference August 12-15, 2024

The Midwest Community Development Institute (Midwest CDI) provides top-notch training to those who are actively engaged in building a vibrant and better community. Participants include development professionals, community leaders, public officials, and entrepreneurs.

We strive to make the training fun, interactive, and practical so that it can be immediately applied in their own communities. In addition to learning new skills, CDI helps participants to build relationships and develop a network of allies, resulting in an on-going source of support throughout their careers.

Participating in CDI and meeting additional criteria also provides an opportunity to add to your credentials. You can earn certification as a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) from the Community Development Council, (CDC) a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to promote the advancement of standards of competence for community development professionals through accreditation of community development educational programs and professional certification. The CDC is governed by a Board of Directors that includes representatives from the CDI regions located throughout the country, as well as private and public sectors.

Thank you to this year’s conference sponsors!

Midwest CDI Testimonials

Midwest CDI Staff

Christopher Merrett, Ph.D.
CDI Co-Director
(309) 298-2281
CD-Merrett@wiu.edu

Sandy WittigMBA
CDI Co-Director
(309) 298-2637
SK-Wittig@wiu.edu

Erin Wherley
Program Assistant
(309) 298-2304
EC-Wherley@wiu.edu

Anne Silvis
Class Director – Year 1

Courtney Yockey
Class Director – Year 2

Brian Moody
Class Director – Year 3

Eric R. Larson
Advanced Director