The Extension Institute of Community Development provides educational programming to assist leaders, communities, and organizations realize their fullest potential. We work with communities to build the vitality that enhances their quality of life and enriches the lives of their residents. We educate in leadership development, organizational development, food systems, community economic development, local government education and much more. In short, the Community Development Institute plants and cultivates the seeds for thriving communities and organizations.
Community Development Programs
Working with community organizations, tribal partners and local governments to promote community food systems development
Collaborating with and providing resources for community leaders to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for Wisconsin residents
Coordinating and providing training and educational workshops for newly elected local government officials and those who continue to serve their communities
Helping people who want to provide leadership to bring about change in their organizations and community
Did You Know
Many people already know of our popular programs, but did you know that we also:
- provide access to facilities and technical assistance for aspiring food processors and other food & farm entrepreneurs
- educate about making your community aging friendly
- help expand the research and knowledge base for local government education
- create economic reports and regional economic profiles
- And much more! Check with your local office for more programs near you.
Community Development Updates
Community Development Publications
The Learning Store produces and distributes educational materials based on university research, extending knowledge to the statewide community.
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Find Your Local Office
Extension experts live and work in the communities they serve. Our team offers insight and solutions based on a deep understanding of local needs and priorities.
A Part of the Youth, Family & Community Development Program Area
Extension’s research and outreach improves the lives of Wisconsinites through action, education and community partnerships. We set rural and urban communities up to thrive by supporting their economic development and organizational and leadership development. We show individuals how to build financial capability and encourage them toward the most nourishing health habits.
Director – Community Development Institute
432 N Lake St Rm 627
Madison, WI 53706-1415