The classic models of economic development are insufficient for meeting the needs of everyday people and their communities. For too long, economic development has overlooked the entrepreneurial ecosystem necessary for community enterprise to thrive and “scale local” in a global economy.
How do we do community economic development?
Our new Community Economic Development (CED) programming is an umbrella of our specialty programs across several domains. Directed by Cooperative Extension Professor Keith Taylor in collaboration with our UCCE County Advisors, we coordinate UCANR’s CED education and research programming from local, regional, state, national, and international levels.
Our “Scaling Local” approach is intended to engage with economic development professionals, policymakers, public entrepreneurs, small and medium businesses, and alternative enterprise. We do this through our civic partnerships under CA FWD’s California Stewardship Network, an alliance of regional leaders who are committed to improving government and creating inclusive, sustainable growth for all. UCANR has a special focus on working landscapes Our engagement seeks to educate and empower our stakeholders through
- Demystifying (via case studies of success in other regions)
- Providing “institutional” literacy in governance, finance, and scale strategies
- Empowering actors with concrete strategies and connections to key actors in these arenas.
- Linking government, non-profits and private entrepreneurs
We will launch this series via
- Social media platforms
- In-person workshops, facilitations, and trainings.
Join us as we develop this CED programming, and we put communities back in the driver’s seat to determine their own future.