Every four years in Kentucky, County Extension offices prepare a plan of work that begins with gathering information from community members as well as secondary data to inform the plan. In 2018, to standardize counties plan of work process, a committee of Extension personnel and community members developed the community needs assessment process to formalize that data gathering portion. The Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky led the process of training agents on gathering data, collected and analyzed data and completed 120 county reports and a statewide report. More than 38,000 people completed the community survey. More than 500 interviews and focus groups were conducted. This information is being used to develop local plans of work in KY counties as well as regional and statewide initiatives to make a positive impact in the lives of Kentuckians. Join us to learn about the process and lessons learned from CEDIK's Director, Dr. Alison Davis.