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Welcome to the North Dakota Horizons Website!

When it comes to creating a thriving community, it is the community members themselves who are the key to success.  The Horizons program is about the changes a community can make to move from poverty to hope, from population and economic decline to prosperity.  The Horizons 18-month project is for rural communities of fewer than 5,000 with poverty rates of at least 10%.

Horizons has been implemented in 46 communities across North Dakota from 2003-2010 thanks to funding from the Northwest Area Foundation and support from the North Dakota State University Extension Service.  These communities continue to receive coaching support from the North Dakota State University Extension Service even after the program has concluded.  Involvement in Horizons is available to all community members and focuses on practical strategies and tools, provides locally-delivered training, and emphasizes skill building to strengthen community leadership systems.  Experience has shown that small communities can thrive if they have a strong leadership system.


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