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Family Economics & Community Resiliency

Communities are defined in many different ways by the diverse people who belong to them. Here at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, we work with communities of all kinds and configurations, providing training, resources and facilitation to help individuals, groups and municipalities identify the issues that are most important to them, to envision potential strategies and solutions, and to organize and take action for change.

Community & Economic Vitality (CEV) programs help build the capacity of individuals, families, local leaders, and communities to direct their own futures as they negotiate changes in economic structures, demographics, communication technologies and other challenges and opportunities that affect communities as well as help people incorporate sound financial management strategies in their daily lives, discover new economic opportunities, develop successful agricultural and non-agricultural enterprises, take advantage of new and consumer-driven markets, and understand the implication of public policy on these and other related activities.

Family Economics & Resource Management: Educational programs that deal with personal financial and household management can empower individuals and families to realize increased prosperity, self-sufficiency and sustainability. Programs offered deal with such topics as budgeting, savings plans, stretching resources, using credit wisely, consumer rights, home organization, and identity theft prevention.

Healthy Home Environments: Environmental stewardship begins at home. We offer workshops and guidance on home energy conservation, improving indoor air quality, lead abatement and other home environment issues, like home safety, water conservation and on-site waste management systems.

Cornell Cooperative Extension and Regional Economic Development:

The 2019 Columbia-Greene Interagency Yellow Pages Directory of Programs and Services   lists many of the agencies, groups and organizations that participated in this year’s half day professional development, outreach and networking event as well as some from those have participated in the past.  


Theresa Mayhew
Resource Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences
(518) 828-3346 ext. 217

Last updated December 4, 2019