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County Extension Provides Measurable Benefit to Community

The 2017 Extension reporting year is quickly coming to an end. As we collect our impact data for the current year, I want to reflect on the 2016 program year.

The fundamental objective of Extension is to strengthen communities, sustain agriculture and natural resources, promote healthy families and individuals, and enhance personal and community quality of life. This is accomplished through research-based educational programming from the University of Florida.

2016 Impact Summary:

  • The Hillsborough County Extension Service provided more than 230,000 educational contacts, engaging county residents to improve their lives and communities through research based educational programming from the University of Florida for individuals, families, businesses, and organizations.
  • The application of practices or recommendations learned provided an estimated economic value of $7,645,925 to participants in 2016.
  • Professional certifications earned through the Extension Service provided an estimated economic value of $7,843,296 to participants in 2016.
  • As a result of knowledge gained through Extension’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping program, residents estimated their water savings at 22,779,304 gallons and financial savings of $784,743
  • Extension Service’s 4-H youth and Master Gardener volunteers contributed service hours valued at $792,736 to educate and improve the lives of Hillsborough County residents.

The final return on investment analysis show that for every $1 of County investment, Hillsborough County Extension provided $14.50 in additional funding and economic benefits to program participants.