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Community and Economic Development

Our Community and Economic Development efforts seek to empower communities to achieve their goals through education and technical assistance. With a focus on agriculture and economics in urban and rural communities, the primary aim of this program is to address community development and revitalization, local economic development, and small business development.

Our Community and Economic Development Staff is available to assist with further information regarding Extension programs and events, including Office Hour Live.

CED Times Newsletter:
Winter 2022 (PDF)

High School Equivalency Program (PDF)

Office Hour Live, Every Thursday 2 pm via Teams, Register

CED Videos:
Synergy Show: March 3, 2021
Introduction to USDA Farm Service Agency with Darren Metzger.

Synergy Show: February 23, 2021
Introduction to Extension CED with Anthony Barwick, Amber Twitty, and Ashley Shearer.

Creating Pathways to Success

Ready, Set, Grow Business Development Series
Designed for aspiring start-up, small business, beginning farmer and agribusiness entrepreneurs who are seeking the basics of creating, launching and operating their own business community strategies for promotion and branding.

Build Your Brand
Works with Ready, Set, Grow! to assist business owners in learning and implementing vital marketing and branding strategies; addresses agritourism topics and community strategies for promotion and branding.

Fresh Start-Record Sealing Clinics / High School Equivalency Preparation
Offers impactful opportunities for people seeking to overcome barriers in order to enter the workforce. Record Sealing Clinics are held in partnership with local legal officials in determining eligibility/next steps in sealing their public record. The HSE Prep program is a free service offering tutoring and preparation for completion of the Ohio School Equivalency exams.

A Step-Up Workforce Training Program
Co-partners with local businesses and organizations to provide job-training skills, including necessary certifications, to prepare participants for employment. The program offers supportive classroom and hands-on training in the trades, soft skills, agriculture, and other opportunities.

Disaster Preparedness
Seeks to improve the delivery of both information and services to residents affected by disasters and reduce the impact of disasters by providing education and technical assistance.