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Nevada's rural communities are under constant economic pressures. Just a few of the challenges are business retention and expansion, tourism development, in- and out-migration and diversification of income sources. Community Extension faculty bring in university resources to help local communities address economic and development problems. They work in tandem with the University's Center for Economic Development and Small Business Development Center on a variety of issues including economic expansion, water allocations and small business development.

Community Development Programs

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Capacity Building for Healthy Communities

Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission to have a positive impact on communities. Strategic thinking, visioning, action planning, and board development are capacity building activities.

Engaged Leadership Program

Washoe County, Nevada, needed advanced training and skill building for the county’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) members to help them to participate effectively in local government issues that impact their communities. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension developed and implemented an Engaged Leadership program to assist chairpersons and CAB members in their efforts to create and sustain effective boards.

FIND Project

Lander County’s Future Industrial Needs Discovery (FIND) Project is a comprehensive business matching and sustainable development tool. It is a unique combination of processes that has brought together major stakeholders with community input to visualize and plan northern Lander County’s economic future.

Lincoln County Community Development

Lincoln County, Nevada, has seen little change in population, economy and lifestyle in the last 35 years, but now faces 2400 percent rate of growth, which is unprecedented in the United States. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is designing community development programming to help the decision-makers and residents of Lincoln County address changes resulting from such rapid population growth.

Nevada border cities enhance their economies and provide jobs

The Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona, area (including Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley and Golden Valley) is considered one of the fastest growing rural regions in the nation, with an 85 percent population increase between 1990 and 2004. Managing population growth and diversifying the economic base are the primary goals for the region and community leaders from both cities and surrounding communities requested that University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) provide leadership and technical assistance programming. A pilot program, the Community Business Matching (CBM) model, was implemented in response to the closure of the Mohave Generating Station, a major employer with over $20 million payroll. The CBM program further assisted with developing an overall economic development strategy to mitigate regional job losses, taking into account community "desires" and business "wants."

Risk Management

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.

Small business development in rural Nevada

While small business development courses have been offered in Nevada’s urban and metropolitan areas (Washoe and Clark counties) for some time, the need for economic development in rural counties is even more critical. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offered business planning classes to existing and potential small-scale entrepreneurs through a series of interactive video and face-to-face classes.

Stronger Economies Together

Stronger Economies Together (SET) is an exciting collaboration launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development along with the nation’s Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) and their land-grant university partners. The Stronger Economies Together Program (SET) is a strategic planning program designed to help communities in rural America to work together on a regional basis to develop strategic economic development plans based on current and emerging economic strengths in each region.

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, may be relatively small, but could have a big impact on Nevada’s economy and natural resources, especially when the necessary pieces and experts come together to do the work and research. Nevada is poised to become a national leader in this industry, and Cooperative Extension is conducting research in the field and helping to bring together the necessary expertise. Unmanned Aircraft Systems have been a significant part of modern military field operations for several years, but recent technological advances are increasing interest in their use for other purposes, such as wildfire hazard assessments, wildfire suppression logistics conducted in real time, wildlife habitat surveys, mineral exploration surveys, vegetation assessments and detailed environmental mapping.