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The Future Is Collaboration in Region 2, Janssen Says

5/6/2010

AMES, Iowa – The future for Iowa State University Extension’s Region 2 involves a lot of collaboration, according to Terry Janssen, regional extension education director.

The elected county extension councils are empowered in this region that covers Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Winnebago counties.

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“Extension councils are engaged and taking strong leadership on supervising staff,” Janssen said. “Now things are starting to roll for us in Region 2.”

Janssen is one of 20 regional extension education directors. The positions were created a year ago as part of ISU Extension’s restructuring plan to facilitate an issue-based approach to delivering ISU Extension programming and resources. Janssen works directly with county extension council members to meet their legal obligations as an elected body. Together they are identifying new ways to work across county borders, provide educational programming that addresses significant issues and evaluate the results of multi-county and regional efforts.

Janssen said the counties are conducting needs assessments so they can develop ISU Extension educational programs that meet the needs of local citizens.

“Several of our council members have made it known that they want to ‘think outside the box,’ and that is very positive,” Janssen said. “We’re focusing on some things we can do in economic development, as well as value-added agriculture and entrepreneurism.”

To learn more about ISU Extension programs, contact Janssen at 515-295-2469, or tjans@iastate.edu, or visit the ISU Extension website, www.extension.iastate.edu.

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Contacts :

Terry Janssen, Region 2 Extension Education Director, 515-295-2469, tjans@iastate.edu

Julie Hlas, Extension Communications and External Relations, 712-389-0129, hlas@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu

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