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CaRDI responds to community leadership needs by providing a diverse and integrated portfolio of training and educational opportunities for local government officials, community leaders and residents, and extension educators. The educational offerings are designed to promote informed decision-making, collaborative local and regional partnerships, and innovation. Challenges presented by changes in demographics, climate, energy development, land use and economic development do not typically recognize local boundaries. CaRDI’s training programs enhance the capacity of individuals and communities to address complex issues at a local and regional level.  There is an emphasis on applied research and analysis; collaboration with regional and state organizations and agencies; and peer-to-peer/community-to-community learning and the exchange of best practices.

Cornell Municipal Clerks Institute

CMCI is a premium educational opportunity that represents a collaboration of the City and Village Clerks, the Town Clerks Association of the State of New York, New York State Association of Clerks of County Legislative Boards and CaRDI. Learn more

Community Development Institute

This annual institute focuses on critical pieces of the community development process, and is designed for a diverse audience of local government and school officials, extension educators, practitioners, and other community leaders. Learn more

Local Agriculture & Land Use Leadership Institute

Working with American Farmland Trust, CaRDI and LEAD-NY are launching a new institute to develop an inspired network of New York leaders engaging local governments to support agriculture. By improving participants' leadership skills and knowledge, the institute will increase the effectiveness of local land use leaders in planning, farmland conservation, and agricultural economic development. Learn more

Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute

This institute enhances the knowledge, skills and abilities of county officials enabling them to engage in informed, constructive and civil discussions on the challenges they face as public servants.  The institute is a partnership between the New York State Association of Counties and CaRDI. Learn more


The Cornell Farmworker Program Summer Internship Program

An opportunity for Cornell students to conduct research and educational outreach to address the needs of farmworkers in New York State. Learn more

The CALS New York State Internship Program

This collaboration of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and CaRDI connects businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies with exceptional and motivated students seeking career opportunities and a chance to get to know and contribute to community. Learn more

Rust 2 Green Summer Internship Program

The Rust to Green New York Action Research Initiative is an emerging network of Cornell educators, researchers and students–from a myriad of fields and disciplines– working together and in collaboration with a wide range of community partners to identify and design innovative strategies and solutions addressing the unique problems and needs of New York’s Rust Belt cities. Since 2010, over 40 students have participated as summer R2G Civic Research Fellows working on community engaged projects through R2G's university-community partnership in Utica, NY. Information on upcoming fellowship opportunities will be forthcoming.