The ICI Academy offers a variety of training options including online and in-person courses of various lengths. Each session is grounded in research, relevant to policy, and proven through practice. Using hands-on educational experiences, the Indiana Communities Institute aims to help community leaders address modern planning and development challenges in pursuit of building stronger, more sustainable neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, and regions. 

Browse our workshops and courses below. Check back often for updates or sign up for our e-newsletter.


Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities. 

  • May 13 - 17, 2024 | Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, IN | Five-Day Course: Monday, 9:00 am – Friday, 11:30 am | $745 (scholarships available) Early Bird until April 12, 2023, after $795  Register Now


Economic and demographic shifts continually and increasingly test communities of all sizes. To remain relevant and to thrive, community leaders must tackle challenges and pursue opportunities in a comprehensive and creative way. These ongoing changes and the need for new approaches demonstrate the value of community development. It is necessary for community leadership, both official and unofficial, to undertake the training required to build capacity and help pursue strategies that put people and places first.

Experts with decades of community development experience lead participants through seven core sessions over 2.5 days with exercises and conversations facilitated throughout. This training is designed for elected officials, community leaders, engaged citizens, and anyone who is passionate about where they live and dedicated to making it even better. 

  • October 25-27, 2023 | In-Person Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie, Indiana | 2.5 Day Course:
    | $495 | Registration Closed



Every community has a story. Why it matters and how it’s told relates to concepts such as engagement, pride, and place attachment. A good story is authentic and integrated—it impacts residents and influences visitors. What is your community’s story? Consider the possibilities during this 0.5 day workshop. 

  •  TBA| Location TBD | $150 


In consultation with partner state associations of regional councils and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Indiana Communities Institute has developed a series of courses aimed at furthering regional leadership skills within the fields of community and economic development. Participants who complete each course will earn a Regional Leader Certificate

These courses range in length (from one hour to multiple days) and in delivery format (online, in-person, or blended). Some trainings are customized based on policies and programs in the participating state. Others are available to all regardless of geography. Funding from EDA makes each course possible for free or at a deeply discounted, at-cost rate. Any associated travel is the responsibility of each participant. 

The workshops listed below are only available to members of EDA-affiliated organizations. Participation is contingent upon meeting this requirement, which will be confirmed. Workshops are listed first by format (online or in-person) and then chronologically. Participants must register separately for each workshop.

Online Offerings
In-Person Offerings

Browse our calendar of events for a list of all upcoming offerings by the Indiana Communities Institute. 

ICI Event Calendar


For inquiries about our services and events, including the ICI Academy, please contact us