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From Zombies & Vacants to Sustainable Housing: Building Resilient Communities

2019 CaRDI Community Development Institute
October 23 - 24, 401 Warren Hall, Cornell University

CaRDI's annual Community Development Institute focuses on critical pieces of the community development process, and is designed for a diverse audience of local community leaders, extension educators, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers at multiple levels. Each year we highlight a different theme, bringing presenters and discussants together from across New York State to share the latest research, innovative approaches, policy recommendations, and practical perspectives. 

Sessions will explore the connections between Housing and:

  • Spatial Inequality
  • Economic Development
  • Community Health & Well-Being
  • Community Crime and Safety
  • Climate Change & Resiliency
  • More...

View the agenda here.

This year we are honored to be partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Rust2Green, and Cornell University's Office of Engagement Initiatives.

2019 CDI Sponsor Logos

Event registration

Online registration is now open. The registration fee for the 2019 CDI is $125.  Please contact if you have any questions.

Hotel Rooms

We have a block of rooms at The Hotel Ithaca (222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, New York 14850).  To book at the conference rate ($139/night), call (607) 272-1000 and provide the group name (Community Development Institute).  The group rate is only guaranteed for reservations made by Sunday, September 22.  Requests for the conference rate after September 22 will be honored based on availability.  Reservations may be canceled with no penalty up to 48 hours prior to the arrival date.

Other nearby hotel options:

  • Best Western University Inn: (607) 272-6100
  • Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons: (607) 272-2222
  • Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca: (607) 277-8900

Travel to Ithaca

Travel by Air - Our local airport is the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, located four miles from the Cornell campus.  The next closest airports are the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport (35 miles) and the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (60 miles).

Travel by Bus -  The following companies provide bus service between New York City and Ithaca: 

Travel by Car - The street address for Warren Hall is 137 Reservoir Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850. (map)  For information on campus parking, please visit the Cornell Transportation Services website.