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CDA Explores

Join us for this premier event to be held Sept. 26 & 27, 2016 at the Elms Resort and Spa, Excelsior Springs, Mo. In this two-day educational training, you will learn how the arts and culture can be an addition and diversification of traditional community and economic development practices and how the arts can favorably impact local and regional economies.

Engage in experiential learning with leading edge thinkers providing practical application on topics such as:

  • Strategies for economic development in the 21st century as applied to rural communities and small towns.
  • Why diversify the economic stream?
  • How the arts are a valid strategy for boosting and diversifying the economy in small towns and rural communities.

Also you will learn how:

  • One small mining town in Arizona built on their assets and developed a multi-pronged approach to community and economic development with the arts, culture and the environment central to their mission. And,
  • One Missouri community followed a process to develop a cultural heritage tourism product that could lead to a new creative industry in their community.

This educational training is presented by University of Missouri Extension’s Community Development Program, Community Arts Program, and ExCEED Program.

CDA Explores will run simultaneous to the five-day Community Development Academy (CDA) course being held at the Elms in Excelsior Springs. CDA is an intensive, experiential course offered by the MU Extension Community Development Program. Participants at CDA Explores will share the Monday night meal with CDA participants. This will allow for exceptional networking opportunities.

For more information on CDA Explores – Arts & Economic Development, contact Lee Ann Woolery or Sharon Gulick at For more information on CDA courses, visit theCommunity Development Academy web page.

Registration fee: $149 per person (includes meals and materials, but does not include lodging).

Cancellations and written requests for refunds must be received by Sept. 18, 2016. Send your request


Monday, Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Elms Resort & Spa
401 Regent St.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

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