Planning is the key to realizing community goals.
At Illinois Extension, we know that transformational leaders embrace change and drive critical conversations. Community needs can evolve quickly, and you want someone you can trust to help you assess your community's needs and consider all options. Illinois Extension is your partner every step of your journey. With the right information and committed partners at the table, your community can thrive. Connect with one of our community development specialists. Watch an informative webinar. Schedule a one-on-one meeting or invite Extension to your next community meeting.
Here's how we help communities like yours.
Explore economic development practices that will stimulate a growth mindset.
Build new community collaborations that support families, businesses, and organizations.
Plan for the future by taking stock of what you have and what you need.
Customized Planning Process
Community Food Systems
Community Broadband Development
Community Survey Tool
These resources guide community leaders through the planning, evaluation, and implementation process.
- Building Local and Regional Food Systems, SARE
- Downtown and Business District Market Analysis Toolbox
- Investing in Rural Recovery: Survey of Rural Development Stakeholders, released October 2021, conducted by the Regional Rural Development Center
- Planning for a Purpose