Urban West Region

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The Urban West Region of University of Missouri Extension incorporates Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties, and has served our communities for over 100 years. Focusing on each Missourian through educational research based programming, our goal is to broaden our reach creating sustainability within our communities for another 100 years.

MU faculty, staff and elected council members who live in our community, work with neighbors to identify local interests and issues and then offer relevant programming and resources to meet the unique needs of our community.

Our job is to partner with communities to find solutions with credible, science-based information that will help you:

  • Grow safe and healthy food
  • Build and grow profitable businesses
  • Improve health and relationships
  • Increase agricultural production
  • Update professional training in business, health and safety
  • Engage youth as valued, contributing citizens

Explore the MU Extension website to discover how MU Extension can enhance your life.



Please visit the county pages for county-specific faculty and staff, events, courses and more.

Clay County is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 221,939, making it the fifth-most populous county in Missouri.

Area: 409 mi2

Pop: 249,949 (2019)

Congressional district: 6th

County seat: Liberty

County Council

As of the 2010 census, the population of Jackson County was 674,158. The estimated population in 2019 is 703,011 making it the second-most populous county in the state.

Area: 616 mi2

Pop: 703,011 (2019)

Congressional district: 5th

County seat: Independence

County Council

Platte County is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 89,322.

Area: 427 mi2

Pop: 104,418 (2019)

Congressional district: 6th

County seat: Platte City

County Council

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Urban West highlights

Upcoming Events for the Urban West Region

Check out our calendar for an at-a-glance view of upcoming events in the Urban West Region. Choose your perspective (day, week, month) or print a detailed agenda to get a list of program activities. This calendar is new (July 2024) and faculty/staff are adding new entries regularly. Stay tuned!

Dear Council members and stakeholders of Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties,

MU Extension appreciates your dedication to serving our community through the University of Missouri Extension programs. The Urban West regional team would like your input, which is invaluable in shaping our programs and initiatives to meet the needs of our region better. Please take a few moments to complete the survey linked below to share your thoughts, ideas, and feedback.

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Community Health

University of Missouri Extension has placed Community Health as a high priority for our educational efforts. We are proud to provide a comprehensive mix of resources that support the health and wellness of Missourians to help them be healthy, happy and productive people.

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Show Me MO Success

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