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  • Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities

    A conference about attracting business to your downtown held in a new beautiful, thriving downtown each year with conference sessions held directly in the local businesses that help communities thrive.

  • New County Commissioner Training

    Teaches county commissioner roles and responsibilities and the structure of county government; Explore the basics of county finance; Learn best practices for leading and participating in public meetings; Network with other elected officials.

  • Michigan FoodCorps

    Making schools healthier places for kids to eat, learn and grow.

  • Real Colors Personality Instrument

    A user-friendly, practical way for participants to better understand their own personalities and the most important traits. Participants learn skills that allow them to better communicate their thoughts and ideas to clients, friends and family.

  • Understanding Tourism for Michigan Communities

    Our program is a great way for organizations, groups and individuals to learn more about what tourism can offer their community, and how to build up and maintain a sustainable, growing tourism industry.

  • First Impressions: Assessing Your Community for Tourism

    A comprehensive community assessment conducted by unannounced visitors in a host community Overall, FIT helps communities learn about their strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of first-time visitors.

  • Current Issues Affecting Michigan Local Governments Webinar Series

    A free bi-monthly webinar series covering issues affecting local governments in Michigan.

  • Facilitative Leadership

    The three-day Facilitative Leadership workshop helps build the capacity of groups or organizations to use the collective talents of its members to coordinate actions, strengthen relationships, and enable the group to meet its goals.

  • Advanced Facilitative Leadership

    Advanced Facilitative Leadership is an experiential workshop focused on deepening and enhancing facilitation skills targeted at those who facilitate groups around “high-heat” issues. Completion of Facilitative Leadership is a pre-requisite for attending.

  • Communicating Through Conflict

    Communicating through Conflict workshops include relevant framework and discussion that provide participants with tools and techniques to manage conflict situations more effectively.

  • Center for Local Government Finance & Policy

    We help Michigan “thrive local” by working with communities using data and tools that support efficient delivery of the critical public services that safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Michigan residents.

  • Farm & Farmers Markets

    MSU Extension assists farms and farmers markets’ efforts by bringing together partners, identifying successful market models, establishing rules and regulations, identifying and training managers and helping recruit vendors.

  • Civic Engagement

    Through its public policy education and leadership trainings, MSU Extension informs residents about public policy issues and processes, develop leadership capacity in communities and strengthen community capacity to solve complex problems.

  • Government

    Through education of newly elected and incumbent officials, MSU Extension helps ground Michigan’s 1,858 municipalities and 12 federally recognized tribal nations with trusted information that helps in sound governance.

  • Leadership

    MSU Extension strengthens the leadership skills of individuals and organizations so they can participate fully in our democracy. MSU Extension offers several classroom-based leadership development training programs and educational resources.

  • Business Development

    MSU Extension and the MSU Product Center—Food Ag Bio focus on assisting entrepreneurs who develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses.

  • Michigan MarketMaker

    Connecting willing markets and quality sources of food from farm and fisheries to fork.

  • Livable Communities

    MSU Extension fosters livable communities through programming that reflects a sense of place, which is the visual, emotional, memorable and satisfaction of any community. Extension aligns communities with 21st-century global awareness and standards.

  • Conflict, Collaboration & Consensus in Natural Resource Issues

    Conflict, Collaboration & Consensus in Natural Resource Issues news, programming and other resources from MSU Extension.

  • Understanding Community Food Systems in Michigan

    Learn how community food systems can help your local economy.

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