Community and Economic Vitality

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s community and economic vitality programs build the capacity of New York State communities to engage in and direct their own futures. Associations partner with campus faculty and staff, local officials, not-for-profits, colleges, planners, policymakers, and community leaders.

Research-based education is aimed at empowering individuals and communities to make sound decisions.

Visit or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for information on specific programs in your county or region.


CaRDI is a group of research and outreach faculty and professionals at Cornell seeking to strengthen the capacity, resiliency and sustainability of communities in New York State.

Cornell Cooperative Extension programs target the nearly 40,000 service members and military families in New York State, building upon the work of CCE Jefferson County,  other county associations, and extension faculty members at Cornell University.

NY EDEN links extension educators, emergency managers, and community officials to enhance resilience and reduce the impact of disasters in New York communities.

Engaged Learning+ Research is an interdisciplinary, university-wide center committed to service-learning, community based research, and public scholarship. 
Extension Associate Spotlight
Mary Jo Dudley
Director of Cornell Farmworker Program. Her research examines motivation for farmworker migration, access and use of services, employment, and future goals.
Local Impact
Farmland Protection Plan Updated
Facilitated agricultural sector focus groups formed the foundation of a farmer-directed update of Tompkins County's 15-year-old Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. Six general areas of concern, which informed the development of the draft plan's goals, strategies, and action steps, were identified.