We help communities choose their future — with information that helps them make critical decisions. Together we can plan how to create research that answers your key questions or design community workshops that bring valuable information to your local discussions. Learn more about options for your community below.
Research for communities
Extension's connecting businesses and community program mobilizes towns to ask businesses what they need to thrive.
As your community invests in its local economy, are you fully aware of how specific industries, businesses or public finance decisions affect jobs and revenue? An economic impact analysis (EIA) will help you understand how your local economy works.
Do businesses in your community know what their customers want? Extension provides market area profiles that help local stores know and grow their retail base.
Do you know what businesses attract shoppers to — and away from — your town? Extension creates customized research reports that help you understand your community's retail strengths, gaps and opportunities.
Is your community interested in exploring its potential for tourism development? Our tourism assessment program helps you identify your community's tourism assets and explore ways to diversify your local economy through tourism.
How well do you know the visitors coming to your town? Extension offers research services to help your community understand and collect data on tourists.
We have done extensive studies on community-focused topics. Explore our research and learn about local economies, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, local foods, developing tourism and more.
How do local industries affect your economy? How would growth or loss in one industry impact jobs and revenue in other businesses? Our Futures Workshop stimulate informed local conversations about the local economy, ultimately leading communities to think about ways they can support the business community.
Do you know the public value of your organization? Extension offers a workshop that gives you the opportunity and tools to develop a public value strategy for your program.
Is the frontline staff in your community maximizing its customer service skills? Our At Your Service workshop builds the skills and knowledge needed by customer service staff to provide a quality experience while recognizing the significant role culture plays in the service encounter.
Local conversations and events can help small towns create a community-wide vision that attracts new residents.