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ERIC Number: EJ905441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
A Time of Opportunity: Energy, Extension, and Economic Development
Franklin, Nancy; Humphrey, Jordan; Roth, Greg W.; Jackson, Daney G.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v14 n3 p13-46 2010
If adversity brings opportunity, great opportunity may now be on the doorstep. The dual forces of an economy transitioning from an industrial focus to an innovation imperative, and a global financial downturn of massive proportions are leaving families, organizations,and communities scrambling for relief, solutions, and hope. Meanwhile, a long-time community presence, Cooperative Extension, is finding itself increasingly marginalized as its agricultural roots and stakeholders constitute a diminishing influence within the university, the economy, and the political landscape. In the midst of this pressure for communities and Extension organizations to reinvent themselves, concerns about global warming, national security, and rising energy prices are pushing energy issues to center stage. The emergent possibility is for Cooperative Extension to play a catalytic economic development role in communities interested in taking advantage of energy opportunities by leveraging its ubiquitous community presence, and linking communities to the extensive energy expertise of universities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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