UTIA Family, please refer to utk.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates and student information. For UTIA-specific resources, including event information and county office status, please visit utia.tennessee.edu/coronavirus .

Community Economic Development

University of Tennessee Extension’s Community Economic Development Team assists Tennesseans and their communities in areas such as small business transition and growth, entrepreneurial training, workforce development, and technology transfer.
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Digital divide is defined as the gap between underserved communities that have poor or limited internet access and the communities that have relatively better access to broadband internet (25 megabits per second download/3 megabits per second upload speeds).

Impacts of the digital divide have been broadly highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn about the digital divide index in your county and across Tennessee.

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Infrastructure upgrades mandated by federal and state water regulations protect the environment and public health. They also may pose an economic burden for local governments and communities. Our team is developing a framework to determine the ability of communities to pay for these improvements.

Learn how this research will help Tennessee communities.

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Navigating the new challenges of COVID-19 is a daunting task for businesses, families, and Tennessee’s direct farm marketers, and value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and agritourism operators are no exception. We have developed a listing of resources to support farmers who are making critical decisions and business adjustments during this time.

Find useful resources from our Center for Profitable Agriculture


Explore our catalog of educational materials.


See how your local Extension agent can provide solutions for your life.