Community Development


Community Development

The Extension Institute of Community Development provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.

Leadership Wisconsin

Leadership Wisconsin

Building a stronger Wisconsin through programs and initiatives that connect, cultivate, and amplify the effectiveness of leaders to address complex community and organizational challenges

 

Community Food Systems

Providing research and educational programming on integrating food production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal to improve community health and well-being.”

Center for Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development

Providing applied research, educational programs, and assistance to individuals, local governments, and community organizations

 

Local Government Education

Providing local elected officials with up-to-date information on their crucial governing issues, from elections and budgeting to open meetings and open records


 

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Community Development Publications

 

No-Box Thinking: navigating Change Resistance in Small Town America

The Learning Store produces and distributes educational materials based on university research, extending knowledge to the statewide community.

 

Featured Publication

No-Box Thinking offers a framework for understanding the automatic and powerful resistance to change those engaged in community development often face. This book details how to convert the powerful sources of community change resistance—identity, emotion, and social connections—into powerful forces for transformational change (105 pages; 2018).

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Connect with Your CountyFind Your Local Office

Cooperative Extension experts live and work in the communities they serve. Our team offers insight and solutions based on a deep understanding of local needs and priorities.

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A Part of the Youth, Family & Community Development Program Area

 

Cooperative Extension’s research and outreach improves the lives of Wisconsinites through action, education and community partnerships. We set rural and urban communities up to thrive by supporting their economic development and organizational and leadership development. We show individuals how to build financial capability and encourage them toward the most nourishing health habits.

 

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Director – Community Development Institute

Will Andresen

 

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300 Taconite Street, Suite 118
Hurley, WI 54534