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Kick Start Your Community - Apply Today

by Mark Peterson - May 5, 2017

If your community needs a fresh start to come together and move forward, you are in luck.

Now through May 12, applications are being taken for the next Kick Start community initiative. 

Kick Start is a free community-building, action-planning process provided through a partnership between the Community Development Institute at the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Kick Start is a great way to bring people together, interact with a variety of community and economic development resources throughout the state, and set community goals based on what citizens want and need. It is an eight-month process, starting in August and ending in approximately April/May.

A team of CDI graduates spend a day conducting an online assessment of the community, and a second day in the community interacting with citizens and community leaders, culminating with a community meeting to address the most pressing issues and opportunities.

The team will use our Breakthrough Solutions Model, which has been successful in several other communities in Arkansas. The purpose of Breakthrough Solutions is to inspire and equip communities and regions to become vibrant, sustainable, and resilient in the 21st century economy.

Click here to view Community Criteria.

For more information, visit CDI or email Amy Whitehead ( or Shelby Fiegel (

Application Deadline is May 12, 2017!