Extension resources are shrinking, yet community leadership needs are great, and, the consequences of neglecting them are dire. It is difficult to respond to all the requests that are made of Extension faculty and even more difficult to decide which of the communities will benefit the most from programming. This article illuminates these issues by examining contributions from related research. First, a link is forged between community capital theory and community survival indicators. Next, 111 signs are provided that identify community viability. Finally, a guide is proposed for use in Extension to help determine where to concentrate scant resources.
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Fritz, S. M., Boren, A. E., Trudeau, D., & Wheeler, D. W. (2007). Low Resources in a High Stakes Game: Identifying Viable Rural Community Partners. The Journal of Extension, 45(4), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss4/12