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Strategic Plan 2010

Over the last 100 years, UT Extension has helped Tennesseans solve problems and implement changing technologies to improve the quality of life in all ninety-five counties. As we celebrated this rich heritage and looked back on our accomplishments, it seemed an appropriate time to take an active role in planning our future. In spring 2010, Extension launched a strategic planning effort to map the future for the next ten years. The planning process was guided by a diverse leadership team representing a cross section of employees from across the state and was instrumental in collecting and analyzing data to form the 2010-2020 UT Extension Strategic Plan. As a part of the process, we sought opinions from many Tennesseans, including employees, decision makers, clientele, partners, and volunteers. Ten area meetings involving approximately 1,000 people were held across the state. In addition, 2,000 Tennesseans provided their insights regarding Extension’s future through an online survey. The goal was to give everyone a voice. The results of these meetings and surveys shaped the goals contained in this strategic plan that will serve as a map for the future. Beginning with the November 2010 Extension Professional Development Conference and continuing through the next ten years, we will use the following goals as our guide to move UT Extension forward:

“Enduring great organizations are characterized by a fundamental duality. On the one hand, they have a set of timeless core values and core reason for being that remain constant over long periods of time. On the other hand, they have a relentless drive for change and progress…”

– Jim Collins
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