Community & Economic Development

Education can empower comunities to realize increased prosperity, self-sufficiency, and sustainability.  Cornell Cooperative Extension’s community and economic vitality programs build the capacity of communities to direct their own futures while building from their assets.

Current staff have worked on farm market grants and production of 30,000 copies of a farm market brochure “Pick Niagara Agri-tourism and Farm Markets” listing 112 farm markets in Niagara County (the second edition of the map for 2013 is now available).

  • The Niagara County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, with representation by Cooperative Extension, completed a Farmland Protection Plan in 1999. They are considering an update. Cooperative Extension has co-sponsored a number of seminars on farmland protection in cooperation with the Western New York Land Conservancy (WNYLC) and the American farmland Trust (AFT).
  • Currently, a seminar on biofuels is being planned.

Do you have suggestions on educational needs in community and economic development that Extension might be a resource for? Feel free to contact:

Cathy Lovejoy Maloney, JD
Executive Director
CCE, Niagara County
716-433-8839 x234