Colorado State University’s Denver County Extension office is transforming the urban Extension landscape through a deliberate shift from traditional Extension programming toward a more project-based approach. In collaboration with the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research, Denver County Extension developed the hot shot model to conduct applied research and special projects via project-based Extension in Denver, innovating how Extension operates and is viewed in urban communities. This approach couples staffing flexibility with expanded subject matter expertise, allowing local Extension to respond nimbly to stakeholder priorities while brokering the research and educational expertise of the university with the community.
Collins, Rusty and Brad Gaolach, 2018: Hot Shots and Project-Based Extension: Setting a National Model by Reinventing Extension in Urban Areas. In Journal of Extension, 56(5), Sept issue.