Rip Van Winkle Bridge spanning the Hudson River, connects Columbia and Greene Counties.

Rip Van Winkle Bridge spanning the Hudson River, connects Columbia and Greene Counties.

Welcome to our community!

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.

The Balance Sheet is a quarterly newsletter produced by Cornell Cooperative Extension's Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) Program Work Team to keep consumers informed of timely family economics and resource management topics. The Summer 2017 edition contains articles on Fighting Climate Change with Your Car, College Freshman Finances 101, Safety Tips for Second-Hand Shopping for Children, Financial Safety on Vacation, Low-Cost Fun in the Sun Day-Tripping Ideas and Keeping your Cool in the Summer. 

Healthy Home Environments: Environmental stewardship begins at home. We offer workshops and trainings on home energy conservation in partnership with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority. We provide guidance on 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:
2015 Columbia-Greene Interagency Yellow Pages

The 2015 Columbia-Greene Interagency Yellow Pages Directory of Programs and Services lists nearly every agency, group and organization that participated in the 2015 Interagency Awareness Day as well as entries from some that weren’t able to take part in the half-day professional development, outreach and networking event.


Theresa Mayhew
Resource Educator, Community and Economic Vitality
(518) 828-3346 ext. 204

Last updated November 1, 2017