You have arrived at the Initiative for the Future of
Rural Oklahoma (IFRO) web site at
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Initiative is a new
outreach effort to develop community-level and county-level leadership
training programs that will directly benefit Oklahomans living in rural
To read more about the program's philosophy and goals,
please read the message
from the Associate Dean.
- The Goals of the Program
- Enhance and develop the effectiveness of community
leaders and Extension Educators to identify and address critical
issues confronting the community and county, especially those
relating to leadership and community economic development.
Demonstrate to the community/county the full range of
assistance available from OCES through Oklahoma State University,
the land-grant university of Oklahoma.
Provide a long-term commitment to selected communities in
order to aid implementation of development efforts.
Document impacts of the pilot projects with thorough
Set the stage for an ongoing program.
How to Use This Site:
This web site has been created to keep you informed
about the IFRO grant program, help you create an effective proposal for
your community, and provide a virtual community where your questions can
be answered and you can share ideas with leaders in other communities.
At present, there are a number of resources and links
already on the web site. Areas of interest include an electronic version of the Request for
Proposals document that you can use to submit a proposal for your
community, and a list of the members of the Initiative task force.
Additionally, there are a number of
links to useful
resources you may find helpful as you prepare your proposal, as well
as a collection of program evaluation
resources that will become important as you plan how to evaluate the
success of your community's project.
As a companion to the Initiative, this web site will be
active for at least the next three years. So you can expect to see
enhancements in the coming weeks and months, including information on
other communities' projects, announcements, more resources, and
opportunities for you to interact with Extension professionals and
others involved in the program.