Programs and Resources
Building Entrepreneurial Communities
Community and Economic Development (CED) programming helps community leaders, residents and their communities build capacity . . . to make timely and effective decisions, use information wisely, engage the entire community, and work together better.
We follow the Principles of Good Practice from the Community Development Society, as we develop and deliver programs across Illinois, to address current issues and community needs.
For more information about what Illinois Extension’s CED team can do, contact a team member in your area.
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RECENTLY RECORDED PROGRAMS
The new North Central Region Water Network report, led by the University of Illinois Extension's Tony Heath and Lisa Merrifield, details how communities and extension professionals can implement GI programs that incorporate both equity and GI goals.
Sustainable Communities connects Illinois communities to University of Illinois scholars and students, bringing the latest research findings to decision-makers, and helping researchers understand and address Illinois' most pressing sustainability challenges.
Leadership academies, webinars, and workshops are designed to strengthen the skills and increase the leadership capacity of elected and appointed officials. The webinar series offers timely information on topics that are important to community leaders, decision makers, agency staff, and government officials.
Communities can not only turn to state- and county-level data for decision-making; they can also learn from primary data collected right in their own community. This online tool provides information on how to survey your community, a repository of questionnaire templates that you can edit and modify to meet your needs, and information on where to find secondary data that could also help you think of additional questions to ask your community.
Illinois Extension helps counties and communities develop comprehensive economic development initiatives and engage in participatory planning processes.
Create Bridges is a two-year pilot program designed to strengthen the economy of a rural, economically distressed region by building capacity in the retail, accommodations, tourism and entertainment sectors.
Illinois Extension helps local officials and business leaders create economic development strategies and policies that support entrepreneurs and business development.