The Center for Community and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin Extension, creates, applies and transfers multidisciplinary knowledge to help people understand community change and identify opportunities.


The Center for Community and Economic Development is the CNRED outreach unit providing community and economic development information and assistance to individuals, local governments and community organizations.  The Center supports Cooperative Extension in all Wisconsin tribes and counties to support work with local businesses, communities and organizations.  Program areas include the Community Preparedness; Asset-based Sustainable Development; Geospatial Regional Economics; Community Demographic and Market Analysis; Business District Market Analysis; Tourism Business Development; Entrepreneurship Development; and Rural Urban Business Market Assessment.  Located in Madison, The UW-Extension Center is comprised of faculty and staff with affiliations at UW-Superior, UW-Madison and UW-Extension.

An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.


The UW-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development was established in July 1990. Professor Ron Shaffer served as the founding director of the center.

Past and Present CCED Directors: