Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
University of Illinois Extension
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Kenneth G. Larimore is a Community and Economic Development Extension Educator serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties. Originally from Urbana, he has a B.S. degree in agricultural economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and an MBA degree from Eastern Illinois University. He has many years of experience working with community improvement education on programs such as TIF Areas, Enterprise Zones, Local Government Officials and financing.
The highly successful local program he has developed provides education focused on sustainable economic growth, job creation, community leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce development. Another focus is on a variety of international outreach programs including trade, cultural awareness and diversity.
Larimore presently serves on the Statewide International Extension Committee. His MBA thesis was field research on the "Privatization of Hungary" as they moved to a market-based economy. His extensive world travel includes many areas of Asia, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Mexico.
He is active on the Extension Community and Economic Development Team, board member of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission, board member of the International Extension Committee, board member of the East Central Illinois Development Corporation, Vice President of the Southeastern Alliance of Illinois, member of IL-ACDEP (the Illinois Association of Community Development Extension Professionals) and Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International.
Larimore was honored with the 2010 Outstanding Leadership in Economic Development Award by the East Central Illinois Development Corporation. ECIDC covers an 11-county region. He is President of the Southeastern Illinois Alliance. SAIL represents a nine-county region with the goal of member education. The South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission awarded him the 2010 Essential Piece Award for the five-county region. On May 5, 2011, Newton Lodge 216 awarded Larimore the Community Builders Award for his "dedication and service to the people of Newton and Jasper County."