New online resources from UW Extension focus on community development, leadership

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Duane Williams

Two new online learning activities free from University of Wyoming Extension are now available online for Wyoming community leaders and anyone interested in working to improve their communities.

“Clues to Successful Community Development” focuses on core characteristics researchers have identified in thriving rural communities. Access it at

“Community Development: What’s HOPE Got to do With It” explores the concept of hope and how it is reflected in successful leaders. Access it at

Each self-paced program provides information, interactive elements and practical research and advice and can be completed in about 30-60 minutes.

Duane Williams, University of Wyoming Extension community development educator, said participants will take away tangible skills they can use in their communities.

He said, “Knowing how your community measures up on factors for success can be helpful in guiding future actions and investment. Successful community development is not magic or accidental but rather the accumulation of hard work and sound investments.”

Other free courses from UW Extension include “Wyoming Tax Facts” and “Personal Financial Literacy: Understanding and Avoiding Credit Pitfalls.” Go to and click the Extension Online Courses button.