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Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Civic Engagement
    Educational cohorts, consultations and materials help local leaders engage citizens in decisions, design successful community meetings, and understand and grow social capital.
  • Leadership
    Leadership education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.


Community Economics

  • 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.

Applied Research

Making a difference in communities

Studies suggest Extension's leadership and civic engagement programs strengthen participant leadership skills and create stronger communities. More

Community features

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

Asking Questions with Intention

Tips for asking better questions--because better questions help communities create better solutions. More

A Profile of Second Homeowners in Central and West Central Minnesota

A look at the social and economic impacts of second homeowners on the communities near their second homes. More

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