Leadership and Civic Engagement


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Improving the Local Community Business Climate

NDSU Extension in business development targets both new and experienced entrepreneurs and helps equip them to adapt to rapidly changing business environments, tune into customer needs and take advantage of emerging opportunities. The NDSU Center for Community Vitality is the front foor to the university, connecting business and entrepreneurs to research and technology.


  • Manufacturing Engineering - technical assistance for existing manufacturing, energy and other businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Specialty crop/vegetable marketing and production- educational programs on alternative high-value crops. New crop production and marketing information, and connections with industry
  • Agribusiness enterprise development - resources for entrepreneurs and snall and medium sized ag-related businesses
  • Business retention and expansion - in-depth planning process used to assist communities in their efforts to help existing businesses
  • Customer service - meeting the needs of customers in private and public settings
  • Agritourism - connecting farm and ranch operations to alternative enterprises through tourism
  • Niche agricultural marketing - building innovative relationships between North Fakota farmers and consumers
  • Youth entrepreneurship - entrepreneurial train-the-trainer credit class for adult leaders and teachers of grades three through seven
  • E-commerce - electronic commerce for small business

 NDSU Related Centers and Resources

Value-added Food Processing Center
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Quention Burdick Center for Cooperatives
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Research and Technology Park
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Building Community-Based Infrastructure and Organizations

These programs and resources assist local groups develop community strategies to create their future. Programs focus on asset-based planning and building collaborations to meet community needs such as land use, housing and health care.


  • Disaster education - information on how to prepare and recover from natural and man-made disasters
  • Strategic visioning and planning - helping communities and organizations chart their future
  • Land-use planning - managing growth through citizen collaboration
  • Facilitator training - improving meeting-management skills
  • Rural recreation - helping rural communtieis expand their recreation resources

NDSU Related Centers and Resources

N.D. State Date Center
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Group Decision Making Center
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Sustainable Ag Reserarch & Education
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Enhancing Civic Engagement

The center identifies the capacity of citizens and communities and then helps build the abilities of local leaders. Programs in civic engagement connect citizens with their communities, enhance individual leadership skills and develop a well-informed, skilled cadre of leaders who create thriving communities.


  • Leadership training for local officials - improving North Dakota leaders' effectiveness to build community sustainability
  • Leadership development through project management - short course to equip emerging community leaders with individual leadership skills.
  • Rural Leadership North Dakota - in-depth two-year leader training to prepare and develop effective leaders to strengthen rural communities
  • Horizons - community leadership and planning program to reduce poverty in small rural communities

NDSU Related Centers and Resources

Center for Heritage Renewal
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Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
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