Recognizing that new approaches to rural economic development are essential to ensure a strong economic future, the University of Missouri, through its Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program (ExCEED), partners with rural communities to identify and implement new strategies for community economic development. ExCEED uses an engagement and collaborative learning model to re-energize local communities and regions to build and further develop sustainable economies based on strengths and assets identified locally. ExCEED currently works with Missouri citizens in 11 regional projects to identify challenges in today's economy, and reach goals set by the community:
University of Missouri Extension and the ExCEED program are dedicated to assisting Missouri citizen face the ongoing challenges brought on by difficult economic situations. Through intensive, long-term partnerships University of Missouri Extension faculty help regional groups develop new strategies for economic development that focus on the assets and talents within the region. Through this place-based approach to economic development, rather than traditional "attraction" approach, the region defines its future and creates a more stable economic future. Extension focuses on development of entrepreneurship and local business development, youth engagement, leadership and community development.
Through knowledgeable and dedicated Extension faculty, ExCEED and University of Missouri Extension works to promote expanding economic development, create processes through which communities can access the University's resources to assist their local economies, as well as provide entrepreneurial education, research and assessment services to Missouri citizens. As the state continues to grow, the need to address growing economic climates remains a necessary service that University of Missouri Extension is pleased to provide.
The FY 2009 ExCEED ANNUAL Report, available for download as PDF can be found HERE.