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 Cornell champions research, curricula and co-curricular activities that are identified, designed and implemented with partner communities; contributes to solutions that overcome some of the world’s biggest challenges;  prepares students to become global citizens leading social change; and inspires a new generation of teaching and research at Cornell and beyond. 
Extension Associate Spotlight
Headshot of Keith Tidball
Keith Tidball
Assistant director of Cornell Cooperative Extension for Environment and Natural Resources and director of the New York State Extension Disaster Education Network