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.
It begins with a few simple steps
Here is how we help communities like yours
Customized Planning Process
From non-profit planning to multi-jurisdiction hazard mitigation, Extension staff facilitate strategic meetings and plans.
Community Food Systems
Develop a network of locally sourced food solutions for residents and growers.
Making sure you have the tools and resources that you need
Community Broadband Development
Programming and planning resources to ensure families and businesses have fast, reliable connectivity.
Just as water, sewer, and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community.
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