Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in Community Viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:
Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.
Both Virginia Cooperative Extension and the national Cooperative Extension System have a long history of engaging agents and specialists with a focus on community development. In 2005 and 2006, Extension Specialists in Community Viability were placed in each of the Commonwealth’s six extension districts. While no longer district based, Extension Specialists in Community Viability continue to function as state-wide team in developing research-based programming that responds to local needs while drawing from the knowledge and resources of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and other institutions and organizations.
We invite you to explore our web-site and contact one of our specialists to discuss ways in which we might help in building strong and sustainable Virginia communities.