Community Development

Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential. UW-Extension Community Development Educators help Wisconsin residents, organizations and communities deal with their own unique challenges by providing a variety of education programs, research, and resources to address local issues. Backed by University of Wisconsin research, Community Development Educators work with local government, civic organizations, businesses and community leaders to enhance local decision-making and help communities respond to new challenges and opportunities. These priorities change as local needs change.  Our mission is to strengthen people’s ability to identify and solve community problems through education, citizen participation, group process, and unbiased information – allowing residents to make informed decisions, resulting in better communities.

Our specialists in the Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) work together with our educators and partners to create, apply and transfer multidisciplinary knowledge to help people understand community change and identify opportunities.  The CCED is also home to the the UWEX Broadband and E-Commerce Education Center and the EDA University Center.