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OSU Extension

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Community Development programs focused on four areas:

Economic Development

  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Local Foods
  • Retail Market Analysis

Leadership Development


Community Planning

  • Local Government Toolbox 
  • Sustainable Development & Entrepreneurship

Organizational Capacity Building

  • Community Assessment
  • Strategic Planning

CD Values

  • Education as a means to help people identify assets, capacities, needs, resources, and solutions
  • Civic involvement (or participation) to improve the quality of community/neighborhood life
  • Internal and external collaborations and partnerships
  • The uniqueness of individuals and communities/neighborhoods
  • The applied and theoretical dimensions of community development
  • The development of viable communities through the wise use of natural, economic, social, and human resources
  • Information and knowledge as a basis for decisions