ExCEEDing expectations, building community resilience
MU Extension's Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program is a nationally recognized, multidisciplinary program focused on partnership with communities and regional collaboration across the state of Missouri to revitalize and grow the local economy through innovative engagement techniques designed to jump-start community development.
Throughout the engagement process, ExCEED uses a grass-roots community engagement model to work with community members — citizens, business owners and community leaders — to discover the community’s shared vision for its economic future. With respect for local context, ExCEED infuses concepts of economic sustainability and resilience into each community-based strategic visioning session and all action-planning workshops. Participants of ExCEED workshops invest quality time into the long-term planning process; after all, project implementation takes place by community,for community while ExCEED remains dedicated to providing auxiliary support, tracking progress and celebrating transformative change triggered by local constituents.