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Please see my attached example

I have an output that requires multiple records to be displayed for several activities.  However, I was wondering if I can list all my activities in one record as my attached example shows.

Is there a way to do this in SQL without having multiple records in first example?
Sample.xlsx
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SELECT STUFF(
             (SELECT ',' + Activity
              FROM Table_Name
              FOR XML PATH (''))
             , 1, 1, '')

you'll need to add require group by clauses and edit the table name.

note that this is specifically complicated in sql server as opposed for example to mysql where you can do this using group_concat in a simple select expression
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If my table is called table1,  can you write an example using the fields in the attached document?
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try this, and bare with me by trying to debug minor typos : i do not have an ms sql server around and hardly ever used one for years.

assuming you have several agencies, i added a where clause in the subquery.
this requires to rename the table in the subquery, which is why it is a little more complex than the example

i used max(FacilityName) and not facilityName because sql server returns an error if you don't use an aggregate with a group by

SELECT Agency,max(FacilityName),
        STUFF((    SELECT ',' + Activity AS [text()]
                          FROM table1 as sub
                         WHERE table1.Agency = sub.Agency
                         FOR XML PATH('')
                     ), 1, 1, '' ) AS [Activities]
FROM  table1
group by Agency
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Is it possible to select distinct activity in the code you had above?
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i think both distinct or add it to the group by should work but i'm unsure. please post results if you give it a try
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Code used

SELECT [Committee Name],max(FacilityName),
        STUFF((    SELECT ',' + Activity AS [text()]
                          FROM frmUnregisteredEvent as sub
                         WHERE frmUnregisteredEvent.[Committee Name] = sub.[Committee Name]
                         FOR XML PATH('')
                     ), 1, 1, '' ) AS [Activities]
FROM  frmUnregisteredEvent
group by [Committee Name]



attached output
Book1.xlsx
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Notice column 3 has some duplicate activities.
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i think i misunderstood previously : what you want is to prevent having things like "a,b,b,c" in that column.

you can use "select distinct ',' + Activity ... FOR XML PATH" in the inner query. afaik, it should provide the desired results.
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