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Margaret Larson
County Extension Director
University of Illinois Extension
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006

Public Value Statements

Public Value Statements

"In Cooperative Extension we can readily provide evidence of our programs’ private value to program participants, but we also create public value when our programs benefit others in the community.  While direct beneficiaries of Extension programs have always been a source of crucial political support for Extension, demonstrating our public value can be the key to shoring up support from the rest of the population.  Fiscal pressures on state and county governments make the need to demonstrate our public value increasingly urgent.  More than that, by understanding and substantiating the public benefits our programs provide, we can be confident that Extension, as a publicly funded organization, is doing what it is truly meant to do."

Laura Kalambokidis, PhD

Minnesota State Economist

Professor of Applied Economics

Public Value Statements have developed by Educators serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties and are shared on this site.  These statements do not represent all programming but demonstrate how Extension's work benefits local communities.

You can access the Public Value Statements that are reflective of our work by clicking the link below:

Public Value Statements

Public Value Statement - Energy and Environmental Stewardship

Public Value Statement - Horticulture and Energy and Environmental Stewardship

Public Value Statement - Local Foods and Small Farms

Public Value Statement - Nutrition and Wellness

Public Value Statement - 4-H Youth Development