Paul Lachapelle, Associate Professor and Extension Community Development Specialist, Montana State University
Dan Clark, Director, Local Government Center, Montana State University
Blake Christensen, Associate Director, Local Government Center, Montana State University
Understanding Community Capacity Building.
With the recent centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914,
Cooperative Extension educators working through Land Grant Universities
have many years of experience to draw on. This session provides a
broad overview of the role of community development in Extension across
the US and outlines specific programming in Montana. Programs includes
content in local government research and technical assistance,
community foundation education, leadership development, and work with
tribal communities. Discussion will be oriented toward understanding
the role of Extension within the broader community development
Paul is the Montana State University Extension Community
Development Specialist. His general responsibilities involve providing
research, technical assistance and workshops on various community
development topics to strengthen the social, economic and environmental
well-being of communities across the state. Specifically, he works
toward providing resources and programs in many areas, including
community strategic visioning, leadership development, community tourism
Dan Clark joined the Local Government Center in April 2008.
Previously, he served as the Statewide Director for the Montana
Horizons program from 2006 to 2008. Dan also worked as a Montana State
University Extension faculty member in Teton County from 1997 to
2006. During this time, he served as Mayor of Choteau, Montana for four
years. He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University
of Arizona in Agricultural Education and taught high school
agriculture for three years before joining Extension.
As Associate Director of the Local Government Center, Blake provides
training, facilitation, and technical assistance to local governments
and organizations across the state of Montana. Previous to his current
position, Blake served as associate general legal counsel for a large
international maritime company, where he counseled executive leadership
on legal liability and business transactions. He earned his bachelor's
degree in political science from Brigham Young University and juris
doctor degree from William & Mary Law School.
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Quality in Business and Community Life – People in successful communities
believe that something worth doing is worth doing right.Facilities are built to last, and so are home
and other improvements.Newer brick
additions to schools are common, for example, and businesses are built or
expanded with attention to design and construction detail.
Seward: 1 being highest.
We have yet to see a yard, house, or
business that needs major attention to the yard or structural integrity.
2 The local High School and Middle
School have both been built fairly recent.They have also done a wonderful job keeping the landscaping, parking
lots, and sports fields well kept.
3 The downtown is composed of older
buildings, but have not seen any major damage or any lack of care.
1 If any new renovations are coming up,
involve the youth.They are the ones
whom will be there to take care of in the future.
Seward is a very nice and well-kept town.From my observations, they have planned and continue to plan for the
future by investing in quality structures or town attributions that will stand
solid for years to come.
Strong Presence of Traditional Institutions that are Integral to
Churches are often the strongest force in this
characteristic, but other types of community institutions such as newspapers
and radio stations, hospitals and schools also fill this role.Service clubs retain a strong influence in
social activities as well as in community improvement efforts.Holdrege has a strong presence of traditional
institutions in their community life.
Holdrege Rating: 1
List the evidence
that supports the rating of this characteristic
1.Holdrege has a great school system in which they
hold a lot of tradition and pride.They
also passed the bond for a new elementary school.
2.The Swedish Days happen every year and focus on
the Swedish heritage of the community.
3.Rotary Club has meetings every week to focus on
Holdrege as a whole
4.Holdrege puts out a daily newspaper.
5.There is a very strong Christian presence in the
community.There are many churches with
different denominations all located in Holdrege.
6.Chamber of Commerce is very active with the
Suggested Actions for Strong Presence of Traditional
1.Better involvement with youth in the
2.Better collaboration between service groups and