Extension community development (CD) became part of the work of the Cooperative Extension Service in the mid-1950s, but the seeds of the CD program were planted with the release of the Country Life Commission in 1909. This article traces a brief history of Extension CD, along with the current priorities of this program area. Key issues that the Extension system and the CD program must address in the years ahead are discussed, as well.
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Beaulieu, L. J., & Cordes, S. (2014). Extension Community Development: Building Strong, Vibrant Communities. The Journal of Extension, 52(5), Article 23. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.52.05.23