Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development
Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark Unit
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
provides leadership in participatory community and organizational planning;
marketing concepts and research; team building and collaboration; and
leadership development. She also provides technical assistance and facilitation
services. Her curriculum offerings
include leadership academies; vision to action sessions; community matters/design
studios; survey development and analysis; creating entrepreneurial communities;
and looking at consumers from a generational perspective.
a bachelor of arts degree in communications and humanities from Augustana
College, Rock Island IL and M.A. in business administration and marketing from St. Ambrose University, Davenport IA. Garner comes to Extension with 25 years of
experience in marketing, public relations, and business development. She
is the Community Development Educator for University of Illinois Extension,
serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark counties.
In addition to
providing programming, Garner also works cooperatively with community
organizations. She serves on the
Quad Cities Workforce Development Board, the Upper Mississippi
River Conference Planning Committee, the Illinois Small Business Development Center
Advisory Board, the La Esperanza Latino Community Network, the Quad Cities Alliance for Refugees and Immigrants Information Clearinghouse Committee, the Mercer County Human Services Council, the United Way of the
Quad Cities Marketing Committee, and PR Network of the Quad
Cities. Included among her awards and
recognitions are the 2005 Davey Award for "The Ambulance" television spot for a
regional blood center; Staff of the Year Award and Presidential Citation from
Palmer Chiropractic College; and top fundraising volunteer for US Marine Corps
Toys for Tots campaign.
include Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development Professionals,
American Marketing Association, and Community Development Society. She received professional
finance certification in economic development from the National Development Council, and professional community and economic developer certification through the Community Development Council.
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