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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.

Issue:

Government and non-profit organizations need to expand their capacity to create safe and productive communities. The government and non-profit sectors face challenges in addressing new critical issues, developing effective policies, adapting communications strategies, improving volunteer recruitment, using technology effectively, collaborating with community partners, and managing resources efficiently. Capacity building strengthens an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission, develops goals, achieve measurable and sustainable results, and have a positive impact on places where people live, work, play, and learn (https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/capacity-building/what-capacity-building, 2014). Governmental and local non-profit organizations contacted Jill Baker-Tingey to assist them in creating a framework to respond to organizational and community changes and emerging opportunities.

What Has Been Done:

Jill Baker-Tingey has facilitated strategic thinking, action planning processes and listening sessions to inform community assessments for Indian Health Services Southern Bands Health Center in Elko, Nevada, the unincorporated town of Jackpot, the City of Elko Police Department, Churchill County Museum Board of Directors, the City of Carlin and the Nevada Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee. Strategic thinking, action planning and community listening sessions help determine actions the community can take to better meet the needs of the community and develop strategies for community improvement and economic development.

Impact:

The Elko Indian Health Services Southern Bands Health Center has updated its three-year plan, identifying new priorities and funding sources to provide additional services to tribal community members. I have agreed to facilitate additional meetings with the planning group to help them refine their mission and vision, prioritize their top strategic issues and to identify short-term goals and benchmarks for each issue.

Initial steps of the community assessment process has been outlined for the town of Jackpot and individuals and groups needed to participate in listening sessions have been identified. This process began in December 2015 and will continue into 2016. Due to improved accountability and management practices, the Elko City Council approved the bid to build a new police station.

The Churchill County Museum Association Board of Trustees created action steps and has begun addressing several issues. Follow up discussions with executive director indicated that individual board members understood their role and were working within the parameters of the by-laws and developed a newsletter and fundraising plan.


Partners: Northeastern Nevada Regional Development Authority, Elko Indian Health Services Southern Bands Health Center, Town of Jackpot, City of Elko Police Department, Churchill County Museum, City of Carlin and Nevada Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee.

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.

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.

University Center for Economic Development

Sam Cordes, Emeritus Professor from Purdue University, presented his keys to future success for rural development at the Building a Stronger Nevada Economic development Workshop. Tom Harris discusses these keys to rural economic development with Sam Cordes in the accompanying podcast. You can make comments on this podcast in the comment section if you like.

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.