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Extension helps Community Turn Ideas into Actions

Georgia Stuart-Simmons, a community development specialist for MU Extension, offers some steps that have helped groups move from idea to action.

A common challenge for community groups is turning ideas into action.

“I recently met with a group in a small town that had a lot of good ideas about ways to improve their community,” said Georgia Stuart-Simmons, a University of Missouri Extension community development specialist. “One of the questions I received from them was, ‘How do we make these ideas really happen?’

“People will discuss good ideas around the coffee table or in committee meetings, but they never implement those ideas because after all the talk there’s no action,” she said.

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