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Natural resource management and land use planning decisions impact the quality of Indiana’s environment. Purdue Extension’s new Conservation through Community Leadership program guides community groups, boards, and commissions through facilitated action planning sessions to support locally-driven natural resource management strategies and policy. Community groups participating in the program identify issues of concern and a program track of either land use planning at a watershed scale or invasive species management. This Indiana-based curriculum and companion training program combines best practices in leadership training with a community development framework.
The Digital Ready Communities program empowers communities to increase civic engagement, trust, and local government responsiveness by leveraging digital platforms. A team of Purdue specialists and educators guides the community in forming a digital asset group (DAG), inventory digital assets, and draft a community-wide digital engagement plan. Deliverables include the formation of the DAG, DAG’s operational agreement and a community-wide digital engagement plan. The program lasts 6-9 months.
The Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces program addresses public spaces and their role in enhancing the quality of place by helping regions, communities and neighborhoods plan and prepare for a sustainable future. Our Indiana-based curriculum is designed for use by decision-makers and local leaders who are involved in the services, programs or management of public spaces. The Enhancing program provides a framework for taking a holistic and participatory approach to collecting data on community assets and using that data to design a high-quality action plan that guides generating a positive and sustainable impact on public spaces.
In Indiana, community leaders make decisions about public spaces such as parks, trails, farmers markets, schools, and Main Streets every day that affect the health and wellness of the community. Using Purdue Extension’s Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces: Creating Healthy Communities program, facilitators coach communities through development of a high quality action plan for their public spaces. The plan can guide decisions and better position communities to take advantage of opportunities to promote healthy eating and active living.