Extension Professional Staff
Extension State Specialist, Community and Economic Development
Office of Extension and Outreach
549 Bevier Hall
905 S. Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
Expert in: Demographics, geographic information systems, participatory planning, land-use planning, economic analyses, survey research
Zach Kennedy provides program leadership and support in community leadership development, participatory community planning, organizational development, and community economic development. He has been an Extension employee since 2009. His previous role within Illinois Extension was as an Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development in Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties. He has particular interests in helping local governments and non-profit organizations build their capacity to engage in data driven decision making and planning.
Kennedy is a native of Champaign-Urbana and holds two degrees from the University of Illinois including a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, and his research interests are small-town planning and sustainable development.
He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Illinois Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (IL-ACDEP).
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