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Tiffany Macke
Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
University of Illinois Extension
15493 N State Hwy 1
Marshall, IL 62441
Phone: 217-826-5422
FAX: 217-826-8631

Stacy Woodyard
County Extension Director
University of Illinois Extension
15493 N State Hwy 1
Marshall, IL 62441
Phone: 217-826-5422
FAX: 217-826-8631

Community and Economic Development

Community and Economic Development

Community Leadership Development

Communities face a host of issues that demand leadership in the midst of increasing complexity. Community organizations and political subdivisions such as cities, school districts, library boards, and counties struggle to find qualified residents to serve as council, board and commission members, and it is critical that leaders understand external forces that affect the community. These include the devolution of authority for action and service delivery to the community; the double bind created by trying to maintain quality and services with fewer resources; expectations for sharing power and responsibility; interdependence, diversity, collaboration, and communication; and displacement of the developmental paradigm with the globalization paradigm. Research indicates that building leadership capacity among community leaders and elected officials is critical to community viability and sustainability.

Statewide program examples:

Local Government Education (including Certified County Officials)

Leadership Education (including leadership academies and Illinois Leadership Conference)

Participatory Community Planning

Communities need assistance to identify strategies to address the rapidly changing social and economic landscape. Participatory planning empowers community members to take charge of their futures by analyzing and addressing quality of life and infrastructure issues. Research indicates that these community planning efforts are better when all sectors of the community are included and decision making is inclusive and broad-based.

Statewide program examples:

Community Matters (design studios)

Why Broadband? (eTeams)

Organizational Development

The quality of information available to community decision makers and public and private non-profit organizations has a significant effect on the vitality of communities. Increasing the capacity of local decision-makers through Extension programming will enhance community vitality and improve the quality of life in rural and urban areas. Addressing issues that are critical to organizational development occurs through various Extension programs, including facilitation, skills training, managing projects, and understanding data.

Statewide program example:

e Learning Modules

Community Economic Development

Illinois communities are struggling to create a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing global economy.

They must identify and implement new strategies to assure continued survival and prominence in the U.S. economy.

These strategies must be consistent with their vision for their future. Support for existing businesses, including agriculture, is important in linking community initiatives to economic development. Building a cadre of local officials who understand their role in economic development has also been emphasized as part of our programming.

Statewide program examples:

Data for Decision Makers (including Community Indicators)

Creating Entrepreneurial Communities

CED Statewide Initiatives 2011-2012 ~ Program Details

Local Government (Certified County Officials)

This program is designed to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of county officials. The CCO program recognizes officials who demonstrate professionalism and dedication to enhancing their knowledge through advanced education. The program is offered via telenets and conferences, and was developed by the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners (IACBMC) in partnership with University of Illinois Extension.

The program is endorsed by the Illinois Association of County Officials (IACO).

Leadership Education

Extension provides programming and instructional support for leadership educational opportunities including multi-session leadership academies and community-based programs and the annual Illinois leadership conference.

Topics typically addressed include strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, team building, conflict management, facilitation, and service learning. Programs target experienced and emerging community and organizational leaders, and those who aspire to leadership roles.

Community Matters (Design Studios)

This community planning program offers an opportunity for community leaders to work with faculty and students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning to address local issues and design a plan that fits locally defined objectives. Communities and neighborhoods apply for the program and must provide the local venue for the project. Local input to the plan is gathered during a one or two-day charette, which is facilitated by University of Illinois students, under the direction of Extension Educators.

Why Broadband? (eTeams)

Planning for market development and expansion of broadband services requires that communities orchestrate demand locally, and work with regional partners to define needs and identify the most effective deployment strategies. Extension Educators are working with regional eTeams to learn more about how to develop local demand and create regional strategies for broadband deployment.

eLearning Modules

This set of self-directed online learning modules is designed for Extension staff. Topics include introduction to applied research, beginning a project, logic model development, budget management, project management, data management, introduction to statistics and SPSS, Excel, Access, data visualization, acquiring and working with secondary data, primary data collection, and writing reports.

Data for Decision Makers (including Community Indicators)

These programs are designed for local government officials, business owners and managers, nonprofit managers, and project managers. The programs help local leaders find, understand and use secondary data to make decisions, using templates, organized secondary data, and a standard set of indicators for community profiles.

Creating Entrepreneurial Communities

These programs help entrepreneurs, local government officials, educators, economic development directors, and members of chambers of commerce and financial institutions develop a better understanding of economic development strategies and government policies that support entrepreneurs. Programs include workshops, helping plan entrepreneurship training programs for youth and adults, and helping to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs.

Collaborative Effort: Local Foods

The CED team engages in multiple collaborative efforts to support other Extension teams, bringing a community perspective to interdisciplinary programs. In support of local foods programming, CED Educators and Specialists help organize community participation, link to campus research projects, facilitate meetings, conduct surveys, assess economic implications, and help define community approaches to local foods initiatives.

CED Unit-Based Programming 2011-2012 ~ Program Snapshot

In addition to the statewide initiatives, CED Extension Educators provide a variety of programs within their assigned units. These will be delivered within the assigned unit only, although County Directors may ask the Regional Director about the availability of CED Extension Educators for particular programs.

Colors – Individuals, groups, organizations, schools, businesses, and governments develop a working understanding of different communication styles, temperaments, and how people think and process information.

Community Surveys – Community leaders work with Educators to design and implement a survey process to assess the community or organization.

Community Swap – Community members engage in structured reciprocal visits to identify high priority development initiatives and increase community involvement.

Customers First – This program is designed for groups, organizations, and businesses working directly with the public to develop employee skills in customer service.

Disaster Education – In this program, local government and community leaders study all aspects of the disaster cycle to increase their understanding and reduce their risk from disaster. Best practices in preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation are included.

Engaging Generations – Through this program, participants examine generational differences with the goal of improving workplace and interpersonal communication, and enhancing recruitment and retention.

Local Government, Tomorrow's Leaders: Understanding Illinois Local Government – High school students and teachers learn about Illinois local government, with the goal of encouraging youth to become involved in local government.

Retail and Small Business Series – Businesses and governments can choose from a menu of items to help them improve profitability and efficiency, increase walk- in business, and cluster business processes.

Small Business Education – Through this program, business owners and managers, entrepreneurs, local governments, and economic development professionals learn how to develop and use economic development tools.

Social Networking for Businesses – Owners and employees of small and mid-size businesses learn how to use social media to increase the profitability of their businesses.

U Facilitate – Members of groups, organizations, and businesses participate in this series to improve their skills in facilitating large and small groups.

Vision to Action: Take Charge Too – Communities, neighborhoods, and organizations wanting to make a positive change use a strategic planning based process that uses best practices for participatory community planning, developing a community action plan with future orientation, and teamwork for plan implementation.