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"Extension operates as an efficient, effective and integrated organization"

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That is goal #3 from the Extension strategic plan. Collaboration is key to reaching this goal. Collaboration itself is not the goal of our programming but instead a vehicle to reach program success. In other words, address as a program the issues outlined in your program business plan--then form collaborations necessary to accomplish your program goals.

I work diligently to position our Center as a good collaborator. This summer, I have directly worked on collaborations with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, the Minnesota Corn Growers, and Association of Minnesota Counties. There are scores of other collaborations that we all cultivate. Collaborations with external groups are essential and are most successful when all are clear of each other's roles.

Collaborations within CFANS Extension and with other Extension centers can also be a powerful way to reach programming outcomes.

-Mike Schmitt

PS: Program Conference offers valuable networking opportunities. I hope you will find the agenda worthwhile and you participate.

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