Community development programs

This is a list of the programs, events and activities that extension faculty conduct on an ongoing basis in the Northeast Region. Contact your local extension center to learn about currently offered programs in your area and to explore arranging a program for your group or community.

Building Stronger Nonprofit, Voluntary Organization: A Distance Learning Series — This series provides interactive, informative and educational approaches to improving the management, leadership and fundraising skills of key staff and volunteers. The following sessions are offered:

  • March — Board Development and Effectiveness
  • April — Program Planning and Evaluation
  • May — Fund-raising Basics
  • June — Successful Grant Proposals

This is a partnership with the St. Louis Area Nonprofit Services Consortium and the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Center at University of Missouri-St. Louis conducted via the MU Extension TCRC network. A similar face-to-face series or individual topic sessions for Nonprofit Organization are available on a community level basis. Community Foundation establishment or utilize existing ones to keep financial resources in the local community as wealth transfers among the generations is offered as well.

Care and Maintenance of On-Lot Sewage Treatment Systems — This workshop teaches how to reduce costs to homeowners, minimize self-contamination of home water supplies plus the surrounding watershed and reduce closing time on homes sales.

Community Revitalization and Sustainability — This is a community participatory process-training program. Extension specialists work with the community to enable residents to take charge and make decisions about their own communities. This, in turn, leads to enhanced community sustainability and improved environmental stewardship in both residential and commercial sections of the community. Learn more about the Community Revitalization and Sustainability program.

Considerations for Countryside Living — A workshop alerting the potential rural non-farm dweller to some extra duties they will encounter currently provided by the municipality in most incorporated areas and on a limited basis by homeowner associations in some rural settings.

Experience in Community Enterprise and Leadership (EXCEL) — Helps citizens increase their leadership abilities to address community issues and shape their future. As a community-based process, EXCEL offers a high degree of flexibility, local control and inclusiveness, and focuses on the future of community governance. Learn more about EXCEL.

Growth Management — These sessions discuss examples (models) of programs, methods, plans, ordinances, agreements/arrangements of successful growth planning that preserves small town life, countryside living and agricultural lands in Midwestern settings. We utilize University of Missouri Research Center data plus Confined Agricultural Feeding Operation (CAFO) and Community Water/Sewer issues in case studies and simulations. Community Toolbox skills introduced include economic base analysis, retail trade analysis, manufacturing sector bifurcation analysis, local government fiscal revenue analysis, and demographic composition (workforce skills versus employers needs) and change analysis.

HomeWorks — A program for first-time home buyers and other home owners about basic home repairs, maintenance and financial management necessary to successfully maintain a home and your housing investment. Learn more about the HomeWorks program.

Housing Situation Analysis — This involves identification of specific housing concerns of community residents, public/private partnerships to addressing "affordability" issues, funding available to municipalities and non-profit corporations for housing improvements. Tax credits for preserving and renovating existing structures and basic maintenance, problem prevention and energy saving workshops.

Leadership Development Via Community Action — This can be a series or a selection of individual sessions on topics such as citizen participation and community decision making, the social action process, inter- and intra-group relations, effective committees, making meetings worth one's time and community development project orientations. In the Community Development Project, each participant works via a sub-group to identify and address a local issue with support data, potential solutions, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria.

Missouri-wide Community Development Resources

Alianzas — Learn how to bridge cultural differences in your community

Community Development Academy — Explore ideas to empower your community

Community Policy Analysis Center — Find information to support local decision making

Fire and Rescue Training Institute

Food Circles Networking Project — Assure local food supplies

Law Enforcement Training Institute

Local Government CECH-UP — Teach young people about their community

Industrial Assessment Center — Saving energy in Missouri: manage energy costs of public buildings