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Leadership & 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 education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.
  • Designing Community Meetings – Training and facilitation creates community meetings where everyone is heard and better decisions get made.

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.
  • Public Finance – Workshops and online resources engage community groups in conversation about public value, public finance and land economics.
  • 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.

Tourism

  • Community Tourism Development – Assisting Minnesota communities that seek to promote local economic growth through tourism.
  • Customer Service Education – Workshops and training for trainers help businesses and governments provide customer service to customers from many cultures.
  • Festival & Event Management – Training for event managers makes festivals and events successful and fun.
  • Research Services – Custom research services and packaged research opportunities for organizations and communities.

Signature Initiatives

See also: Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

In cohort groups that meet over time, or one-time workshops, important leadership concepts are applied to current leadership challenges, producing positive results.

Education

Programs

  • NELD builds leaders in Cooperative Extension at all levels to provide them with the vision, courage and tools to lead in a changing world. For more information, visit: NELD
  • The Bush Fellowship Program helps individuals increase their capacity for leadership while working with others to solve tough problems in their communities. Extension encourages community leaders to apply.

Consultation

  • Engaging citizens in decisions – Civic Engagement consultation helps local leaders think through ways to involve the public in local decisions, and designs meetings that effectively bring public input to group decisions.

Materials

Research

Education

  • Committees that Work workshops and guidebook examine the traps that can plague committees and the creative solutions for avoiding those pitfalls.
  • Designing community meetings – facilitation training helps those who lead meetings use processes that result in more effective, collaborative sessions.

Consultation

Materials

Assessment and Education

  • Understanding social capital workshops help participants understand the role of social capital in communities and how it can be leveraged to solve problems.
  • Social capital assessments, conducted with volunteers, help communities understand and strengthen the ties between people and organizations that hold them together.

Consultation

  • Civic Engagement consulting help leaders build bridges between the public and communities.

Education

Materials

Applied Research

Education

Consultation

Materials

  • Community Tourism Development – Assisting Minnesota communities that seek to promote local economic growth through tourism.
  • Customer Service Education – Workshops and training for trainers help businesses and governments provide customer service to customers from many cultures.
  • Festival & Event Management – Training for event managers makes festivals and events successful and fun.
  • Research Services – Custom research services and packaged research opportunities for organizations and communities.
  • Market Area Profile – Research reports provide a breadth of information about the customers and market potential for local tourism economies.
  • Understanding Economic Change – Economic Impact Analysis reports help tourism businesses and economies examine the effects of tourism activities and economic changes.
  • Tourism Research – Research reports developed for the tourism industry are available free or for a nominal fee.

Education and Consultation

  • Public Finance workshops and consultations help local governments and other tax-funded organizations determine the best ways to invest that money for the public good.

Education

Education

  • e-Marketing: Practical and Useful Research - These on-line guides introduce businesses and communities to evidence-based information about their e-marketing options.
  • e-Marketing – The Internet can bring new visitors, residents, workers and entrepreneurs to town. It can give new life to existing businesses by expanding markets. It can put your community on the map and create new connections in and among communities.
Creating stronger communities

Creating stronger communities

Communities in Greater Minnesota rely on Extension to discover strengths and realize potential. More

Research

Research and evaluation publications from the Center for Community Vitality

Read about Brain gain in rural Minnesota


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