eXtension Names State and Local Value Enhancement Working Group

eXtension is pleased to announce the formation of a new working group focused on State and Local Value Enhancement. Members of this working group include eXtension staff and volunteers from state Cooperative Extension Systems across the country. The members of this working group will help to identify states and institutions where participation in eXtension can be enhanced and expanded and then assist local Institutional Teams in that process. In states where there is no Institutional Team, the Working Group will work to help develop a team and get it up and running in the state.

The SLVE Working Group’s first task is to conduct a series of listening sessions among Cooperative Extension workers nationwide. Eight sessions throughout April will bring together county secretaries/support staff, county agents/educators/program assistants, state/regional specialists/faculty, and administrators to answer questions related to technology, working differently, engagement with eXtension and related topics. From those listening sessions the Working Group will develop plans and resources to further broaden and enhance value of eXtension at the state and local level.

Members of the State and Local Value Enhancement Working Group include: Lela Vandenberg, Michigan State University; Jeff Hino, Oregon State University; Janet Hollingsworth & Keith Fielder, University of Georgia, and Stephen Judd, University of New Hampshire. Serving as co-chairs of the Working Group are Jerry Thomas, Ohio State University and Terry Meisenbach, eXtension.

For more information on the Institutional Team Advisory Committee, please contact Terry Meisenbach at tmeisenbach@extension.org or Jerry Thomas at jthomas@extension.org.