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.
Building a stronger Wisconsin through programs and initiatives that connect, cultivate, and amplify the effectiveness of leaders to address complex community and organizational challenges
Providing research and educational programming on integrating food production, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal to improve community health and well-being.”
Providing applied research, educational programs, and assistance to individuals, local governments, and community organizations
Providing local elected officials with up-to-date information on their crucial governing issues, from elections and budgeting to open meetings and open records
Did You Know
Many people already know of our popular programs, but did you know that we also:
- provide access to facilities and technical assistance for aspiring food processors and other food & farm entrepreneurs
- educate about making your community aging friendly
- help expand the research and knowledge base for local government education
- create economic reports and regional economic profiles
- And much more! Check with your local office for more programs near you.
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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.
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.
Director – Community Development Institute
300 Taconite Street, Suite 118
Hurley, WI 54534