Community Development

Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential. The Community Development Educator provides a variety of education programs and resources to community organizations, local government officials, and businesses to address local issues:

  • Leadership and organizational development
  • Strategic planning
  • Community economic development
  • Local government education
  • Natural resources education

Backed by University of Wisconsin research, UW-Extension educators work with local governments, civic organizations, businesses and community leaders to help people identify critical local concerns, set goals and work on solutions.

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Katie Livernash
Community Development Educator
Portage County UW-Extension
1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481-2947
Phone: 715.346.1319

UW-Extension’s Regional Natural Resources Program
The University of Wisconsin-Extension, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other agencies and organizations, supports a Regional Natural Resources Program.  This program includes a network of educators located throughout Wisconsin, with expertise in water resources, forestry, citizen engagement, process facilitation, and design and delivery of natural resource outreach materials.

To access this network in Portage County, contact:
Kris Tiles
Located at the Marathon County Extension office
Phone:  (715) 261.1254

For more information about the program, visit:
For more information on forestry programs in Wisconsin, visit: