Community Development

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The Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED) is a program area within University of Wisconsin-Extension that provides issue-based organizational and community educational programming, using research-based tools and methods for capacity building toward transformative community change.

What CNRED Does

CNRED Architecture Thumbnail UWEXCommunity Leadership and Organizational Development

To support comprehensive community and neighborhood land use and revitalization plans and provide referrals to local business and entrepreneurship programs.


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To provide educational programs in energy/sustainability management and land use. Land use planning education programs include: neighborhood/community revitalization issue education and policy education.


4-H Hopscotch Thumbnail UWEXEconomic Development

To enhance local economic programs and initiatives in: entrepreneurship & local business development, workforce development, poverty eradication, and improving community/county quality of life.


Current Issue Areas

  • Urban agriculture and nutrition/community food system development
  • Active communities: bicycle friendly communities
  • Community economic development

Who We Are

County-based CNRED Educators partner with citizens county-wide, as well as county, state, federal, and tribal government administrators and public officials; community and civic organizations/public agencies and volunteers; business/entrepreneurs; and industry. Backed by University of Wisconsin research, the Milwaukee County CNRED Educator is an UW faculty member, jointly supported by Milwaukee County government. CNRED Educators work in partnership with Milwaukee County citizens based on Milwaukee County community-identified goals and priorities.

CNRED serves Milwaukee County and is open to regional engagement with civic/community/public stakeholders across southeast Wisconsin. We partner with and provide support to all Milwaukee County municipal departments and agencies.

Milwaukee County CNRED Educator


The Milwaukee County UW-Extension CNRED Program is led by faculty member and CNRED Educator, Dr. Angie Allen. Angie Allen, PhD is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and has been both a local and national community program coordinator and community educator in city and neighborhood planning, digital media arts, and education. Education has been central to Angie’s sustained community development, emphasizing resident engagement and capacity building, as well as community-institutional partnerships. The CNRED Educator role brings her 20 years of experience full circle, and provides the right environment to support transformative community change.

Angela Allen
CNRED Educator/Faculty

Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
9501 W Watertown Plank Rd
Wauwatosa WI 53226
Office: (414)256-4630
Cell: (313)318-8245

Milwaukee County Community Diversity Outreach Intern


Eleanore Kukla is the 2015 SAAIP Intern working on community outreach, social media, and marketing materials for UW-Extension Milwaukee County. Eleanore is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health studying Community and Behavioral Health Promotion and will graduate with a Master of Public Health in May 2016.

Eleanore Kukla
Community Diversity Outreach Intern
UW-Extension Milwaukee County
Office: (414)256-4623

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