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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Advancing Employment and Income Opportunities

OSU Extension is a leader in community development education and an unbiased partner as strategies are implemented to achieve community and organizational goals.

Our community development professionals enhance the well-being of communities and neighborhoods via interactive and collaborative partnerships with local businesses and organizations, community leaders and local officials.

OSU Extension applies cutting-edge research, knowledge and innovations to improve local businesses and the communities they serve. Our economic, small business and job development programs are tailored to local community needs in every county, whether metropolitan, rural or a combination.

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Why Community Development in Lorain County?

OSU Extension brings staff and resources to Lorain County that can help individuals, businesses and other organizations with: 

  • Training as a board member or elected official
  • Public education about local government and civic involvement 
  • Group facilitation to improve team culture or resolve interpersonal conflicts 
  • Assistance preparing for and obtaining grant funding
  • Unbiased research, studies, or reports 
  • Certified Strengths Finder analysis

Learn more about our ongoing projects on our Community Initiatives page. 

Kyle White with Brutus Buckeye StatueHere in Lorain County, Kyle White, Community Development Educator, MBA brings over 30 years of experience in Higher Ed, Sales and Marketing, and Consulting.
She is a certified Strengths Finders Coach through Gallup. She specializes in facilitating groups, needs assessments, team building, coaching, and research.
During her career in business, she earned numerous awards and offers a high level of commitment and creativity.

In her words, she “builds things”. Strong culture, cohesive teams, research based strategies, and creative solutions.
She is a partner working closely with others in the community to identify, link resources, and resolve the most pressing needs in the county.
What is your need?  Community Development is here for YOU!


Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.