NAVASOTA, Texas — Navasota Grimes County Chamber Executive Director Johnny McNally joined economic and community development representatives from across the nation to participate in the Texas Community Development Institute (CDI Texas) this past week. McNally was among those completing Year 3 of the three-year program 

The four-day course was held at the Lone Star College-System Offices and included just over 50 sessions facilitated by more than 30 practitioners on such topics as Developing a Workforce, Principles and Processes of Community Development, Identifying Stakeholders and Community Assessments. 

 “This program has been so valuable both in terms of excellent training material and the tremendous network of business associates with whom I have spent the past three years,” said Mr. McNally about the program. “This training has greatly enhanced my ability to do my job as Chamber Director and Economic Development Liaison for Grimes County.”

Instructors from across the country, each well known in their business and community development fields, facilitate the comprehensive program curriculum designed to meet the increasing challenges facing community developers in today's fast-paced society. The program is applicable for community leaders from towns and cities of all sizes. 

The purpose of CDI is to train community officials, volunteers and employees who work with city/state/county governments, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, utility companies and community social services in the techniques of modern leadership and management of community development efforts. Since the program's inception, thousands of community leaders from throughout the country have participated in the program.