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    Leadership education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.

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  • Business Retention & Expansion
    Community-based research creates a community-driven plan to support local business.
  • Understanding Economic Change
    Workshops and research reports using IMPLAN data help decision-makers respond to changes in economies.
  • Retail Analysis and Development
    Local retail sector data and community discussions help businesses know and grow their retail customer base. Find information about market area profiles, retail trade analysis, downtown market analysis and e-Marketing.

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Leadership makes a difference

"I will become more involved in my community. No more staying behind the scenes." More

Community features

Articles from the Center for Community Vitality's Vital Connections newsletter.

The future of rural grocery stores

Like most American institutions, the rural grocery store is facing change. More

Choosing how to lead

As graduates of Extension's leadership programs step up to lead in their communities, they are also choosing how they will lead. More

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