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The Community and Regional Development Institute

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cardi-largerThe BCTR and the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) have distinct and potentially complementary missions, approaches, and connections with communities and researchers. BCTR’s mission focuses on translational research that benefits human health and well-being across the lifespan while CaRDI’s work focuses on promoting community economic vitality. CaRDI is a multi-disciplinary social science institute, working as part of a collaborative national network of research and extension staff at land grant universities. CaRDI conducts applied research, provides training, publishes information, facilitates regional development initiatives, manages a student internship program, provides technical assistance, and supports communication and network development. CaRDI works to understand the determinants and consequences of societal development and to produce educational programs that address social problems while creating opportunities for improved well-being. CaRDI catalyzes and facilitates evidence-based dialogue on community and economic development issues at the local, state, and, to a lesser degree, national levels, with a primary focus on New York State. CaRDI works in partnership with Cornell faculty and staff, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s network of offices, and local, county, and state governments, governing agencies, professional associations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Based in the Department of Development Sociology in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CaRDI’s programs of applied research and outreach focus on three programming areas: Community and Economic Development; Agriculture and Food Systems Development; and Energy, Land Use, and the Environment.

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