Extension Professional Staff
Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark Unit
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Expert in: facilitation, community and organizational planning, development of marketing concepts and research, leadership programming, community-based collaborations
Jenny Garner comes to Extension with 30 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and business development. She is the County Director for University of Illinois Extension, serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark counties. Garner received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and humanities from Augustana College, Rock Island IL and M.A. in business administration and marketing from St. Ambrose University, Davenport IA.
Garner serves on the Quad Cities Workforce Development Youth Committee, Upper Mississippi River Conference Planning Committee, Project Now Head Start Advisory Committee, United Way of the Quad Cities Marketing Committee, Kewanee Lifeskills Re-entry Committee, Opportunities Quad Cities, and Quad Cities Open Network. Included among her awards and recognitions are the 2005 Davey Award for "The Ambulance" television spot for a regional blood center; Staff of the Year Award and Presidential Citation from Palmer Chiropractic College; and top fundraising volunteer for US Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.
Professional affiliations include Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Professionals, National Community and Economic Development Professionals, Epsilon Sigma Phi, American Marketing Association, and Midwest Community Development Society. She received professional finance certification in economic development from the National Development Council, and professional community and economic developer certification through the Community Development Council.