Community Viability

Engaging with Communities

Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists in community viability work with Extension agents, campus-based faculty, organizational partners, communities, and individuals to further opportunity and build capacity in five program areas:   

Examples of our work include training county elected officials, educating entrepreneurs, facilitating collaborative projects, supporting the growth of community food systems and local economies, enhancing agent skills and community capacity in facilitation and leadership, conducting problem-driven research, and creating publications and tools that address critical community needs.

Do you have a question about Community Viability?

Perhaps one of the Community Viability specialists below can help you. Contact a Community Viability specialist or direct a question to them using our Ask an Expert system. 

 

Brian Calhoun

Brian Calhoun, Ph.D.
Associate Director Community Viability

(540) 231-1247
dcalhoun@vt.edu

Eric Bendfeldt

Eric Bendfeldt
Extension Specialist, Community Viability
Community Food Systems and Enterprises

(540) 432-6029
ebendfel@vt.edu

Jonah Fogel

Jonah Fogel, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist, Community Viability
Community Planning

(804) 527-4234
jfogel@vt.edu

Scott Tate

Scott Tate
Extension Specialist, Community Viability
Community Enterprise and Resiliency

(540) 231-9423
atate1@vt.edu

Crystal Tyler-Mackey

Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist, Community Viability
Emerging Community Issues

(804) 524-5494
cmtyler@vt.edu

Martha Walker

Martha Walker, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist, Community Viability
Civic Leadership and Engagement

(434) 766-6761
walker53@vt.edu