Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development program helps communities resolve locally determined problems with objective information and educational assistance.

Community & Economic Development Defined

Community Development is a term that can refer to comprehensive strategies or small projects. Because the use of the term community development is used in such a wide range of situations, the idea of community development can be misunderstood. In a similar way, Economic Development is a subject that can be misunderstood and one that people know very little about.

What is Community Development?

From a community perspective, community development includes nearly every type of purposeful community change. Creating purposeful change (development) of aspects of economy, health, physical infrastructure, governance, social needs, or other aspects of living addressed at a collective (community) scale- are expressions of community development.

Additional Information

Community Needs Assessment

2022 LaRue County Report

First Impressions

2022 LaRue County Report

Community Resources


2023 Extension Expo

- LaRue County High School Gymnasium

A community event designed for businesses and organizations to share information on the goods and services they provide to LaRue County.

2023 Farmers Market Planning Meeting

- LaRue County Extension Service

This will be an informational Farmers Market meeting to discuss plans for the 2023 market. A required voucher training will he held immediately following the meeting for those interested in accepting vouchers at the market.

Backyard Poultry Series

- LaRue County Extension Service

This is a four part backyard poultry series for anyone with an interest.

2023 Hager-McDowell 4-H Scholarship Deadline

The deadline for the 2023 Hager-McDowell 4-H Scholarship application is March 31st. Return applications to the Extension Office by 4:30pm.

LaRue County Cattlemen's Association

- LaRue County Extension Service

The LC Cattlemen's meet at the Extension Office every second Tuesday at 7pm.

2023 Homemaker Scholarship

LaRue County Extension Service

The LaRue County Homemakers offer a $400 scholarship annually. Return applications to the Extension Office by April 14, 2023.

4-H Speech & Demonstration Contest

- LaRue County Extension Service

County speech & demonstration contest. Call the Extension Office for a time slot, 270-358-3401.

2023 LaRue County Cattlemen's Scholarship

LaRue County Extension Service

The LaRue County Cattlemen's Association will offer two $500 college scholarships to pursue a higher education degree to a county resident that is a member of the Kentucky Junior Cattlemen's Association or the LaRue County Cattlemen's Association. Application deadline is April 21, 2023.

Cooking through the Calendar

- LaRue County Extension Service

This is a monthly recipe demonstration with food sampling!

Sheep & Goat Meeting

- LaRue County Extension Service

Dr. Jessie Lay will be discussing vaccine protocols with small ruminants.

Who is Involved in Community & Economic Development Locally?

Community scale changes benefit from representation from the community scale systems. Do you know which people in your community have roles to play in community & economic development (CED)? It is important to understand that CED is a shared effort among several stakeholders, and Extension can play an vital role. Here are just a few who may be in your community:

  • Local government
  • Civic groups
  • Local business or Chamber of Commerce
  • Economic development/banking or foundations   
  • Religious institutions
  • Education systems (from primary and secondary to university/formal and informal)
  • Health (can include public/private)
  • Recreation

Development initiatives that impact everyone in a community are supported more broadly and more sustainably when the members of the community are represented and engaged in the process. While it is nearly impossible to have every person involved in every decision, it is generally true that people like to be involved in decisions that impact them. Thus, development initiatives should utilize processes that promote broad participation and strive for justice, equity, and sustainability.

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Contact Information

807 Old Elizabethtown Rd P.O. Box 210 Hodgenville, KY 42748-0210

(270) 358-3401