University of Illinois Extension

Jenny Garner
County Director
Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark Unit
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987

Jenny Garner comes to Extension with 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and business development. She is the County Director for University of Illinois Extension, serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark counties. Prior to Extension, she served as Vice President and Director of Marketing and Development at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Garner received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and humanities from Augustana College, Rock Island IL and M.A. in business administration and marketing from St. Ambrose University, Davenport IA.

Garner serves on the Quad Cities Workforce Development Board, Upper Mississippi River Conference Planning Committee, Illinois Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, La Esperanza Latino Community Network, Quad Cities Alliance for Refugees and Immigrants Information Clearinghouse Committee, United Way of the Quad Cities Marketing Committee, and PR Network of the Quad Cities. Included among her awards and recognitions are the 2005 Davey Award for "The Ambulance" television spot for a regional blood center; Staff of the Year Award and Presidential Citation from Palmer Chiropractic College; and top fundraising volunteer for US Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.

Professional affiliations include Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Professionals, American Marketing Association, and Midwest Community Development Society. She received professional finance certification in economic development from the National Development Council, and professional community and economic developer certification through the Community Development Council.

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