Community Planning, Resilience, and Sustainability

Programs designed to guide planning efforts that result in documents describing the mission, vision, goals, objectives, strategies and action plans developed through a participatory process. Planning processes range in scope and duration, from long-term strategic plans for an entire community to short-term plans for a project. Audiences include municipal staff, community leaders, organizations and interest groups, leaders in the arts community and artists, and the business community.

Example program topics: city, county, or regional planning; planning for community infrastructure, including broadband; disaster preparedness and recovery; arts and culture programs; community food systems


One Block at Time addresses flooding through green infrastructure projects at the city block scale that center on equitable, community-driven engagement and planning. The toolkit is organized based on project phases of background assessment, community visioning, and implementation. The online resources include process agendas, education and visualization resources, outcomes, lessons…


Community development is an essential component of county Extension education. To successfully incorporate community development into their programs, county agents and their supervisors need to recognize and define what is— and what is not—encompassed in community and economic development. This document provides a brief review.


The Economic Opportunity Mapping (EOM) Tool provides interactive online maps that allow users to visualize potential county-level economic opportunities for businesses in different industries across the United States. In addition to county summary statistics, the EOM tool provides a visual representation of results of a model producing expected industrial predicted…


This guide is written to help produce sustainable behavioral changes within communities.


This fact sheet describes what a sustainable business is and will help businesses develop a sustainability goal, understand the behavior changes necessary to meet that goal, provide techniques to achieve those behavior changes, and outline the implementation of a successful plan.


The Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing (BGGW) workshop is an award-winning two-day in-person training in which participants draft a proposal, give and receive feedback on each other’s proposal, search for funders, and learn the importance of building relationships with partners and funders. The BGGW workshop is an efficient, economical, evidence-based…


This publication will assist an agent with details of how to organize a host committee and design a public forum.


The Extension Community Assessment Focus Group Facilitation Guide is a tool for facilitating listening sessions with community members. Involving community members in a focus group is an effective way to engage people in discussion and the identification of community issues. This document provides guidance to Extension Agents to facilitate a…


As the old saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” For first time visitors, the way a community presents itself is of equal importance. The look and feel of the community experienced by a visitor will most likely influence how long they stay, if…