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Community Development

UI Extension community development programs foster sustainable economic and social relationships to improve the quality of life for Idaho citizens.

Leadership to Make a Difference Institute

The Leadership to Make a Difference Institute (LMDI) is a collaboration between UI Extension and the Spirit Center at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. LMDI follows an “immersion” model. It brings community members together for two full days of training. Training can be adjusted to fit the needs of communities. LMDI training is designed to develop people's confidence in their own leadership abilities and their courage to take action about community issues.

Ready, Set, Grow Your Business

This free workshop series is offered throughout the year for current and potential business owners. Topics include building your business, managing your financials, creating an effective elevator pitch and using social media. UI Extension partners with local business support agencies such as the North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston and Nez Perce Tribal Economic Development for this program.

Community Coaching for Grassroots Action

Community Coaching for Grassroots Action (CCGA) is designed to help communities build leadership capacity among their residents. By taking a “guide on the side” approach, CCGA supports community members as they:

  • Create a vision
  • Build consensus
  • Identify strategies
  • Develop the community support needed for progress toward prosperity.


For more information contact

Kathee Tifft

Extension Educator and County Chair — Community Development, Family & Consumer Sciences

Nez Perce County



University of Idaho Extension, Nez Perce County

Physical Address:
1239 Idaho St
Lewiston, ID 83501

Mailing Address:
1239 Idaho St
Lewiston, ID 83501

Phone: 208-799-3096



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