OSU Urban Engagement

Extension’s strategic approach to Ohio’s urban influence and urban-suburban-rural interdependencies.

Strengthening Connections Along the Urban-Rural Continuum, Strengthens Ohio
With a presence in all Ohio communities, OSU Extension continues to advance engagement with rural, suburban, and urban Ohioans. Shifts in demographic characteristics and community conditions requires unique strategies to bring people and ideas together in ways that are relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally.

Ohio’s Distinct Urban Influence
With 11.8 million residents, Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the nation. More than 50% of Ohio residents live in 10 of the 88 counties. Ohio has six cities with populations of more than 100,000. Only 12 other states have more cities of this size. What to know more about urban influence?

OSU Extension – Perfect Match for the City
As a Land-Grant, Urban Serving, Carnegie Engaged University, Ohio State addresses Ohio’s urban influence and connections along the urban-rural continuum. 

For more information on OSU Extension in the City, watch this short video or view this two-page overview.


  1. OSU Extension Annual Urban Summit

    Aug 17, 2021

    Kick-Off to Urban October on Friday, October 1 in Toledo

    Celebrating Ohio Cities Where We Live, Work, Play, Learn, and Serve

    OSU Extension is joining the global community to celebrate Urban October and is planning several events in Ohio. Join your Ohio Extension colleagues for this kick-off event.

  2. Mark Your Calendars for Urban October 2021

    May 26, 2021

    Join OSU Extension as we engage with Ohio communities and join the global community, campus, and community partners in a series of activities, events, and discussions during the month of October. A kickoff event will be held during the OSU Extension Annual Urban Summit on October 1 in Toledo. More information will be coming soon!

  3. NUEL National Urban Extension Summit

    Mar 10, 2021

    You are invited to attend the National Urban Extension Leaders Virtual National Urban Extension Summit, which is being held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, and Thursday, May 20, 2021. Participation is free and open to all interested Extension professionals. Follow this link to learn more.