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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.

Issue:

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) has worked with the Washoe County Department of Community Development’s Citizen Improvement Process for several years. The need for this program arose based on evaluation results of programs. In particular, there was a need for 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.

What Has Been Done:

UNCE developed and implemented an Engaged Leadership program to assist chairpersons and CAB members in their efforts to create and sustain effective boards. This program is a custom-designed, five-session training and support to provide members with relevant information, hands-on practice, homework assignments and personal coaching. This program, certified as part of a university professional development course, also included mentoring and coaching.

The program continues to expand. In 2004, Washoe County agreed to offer the training to all Washoe County Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions, so that now the program is offered to 17 boards in Washoe County. The revised program began in February 2005. The program also expanded in 2005 to include Carson City Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions. Starting in 2006, UNCE is partnering with the Nevada Rural Development Council to expand the Engaged Leadership Program to rural communities across the state.

Impact:

In 2004, 2005 and 2006 pre- and post-tests, respondents continued to experience the following gains from participating in the "Engaged Leadership Program":

  • more confidence in chairing or planning a meeting
  • facilitating
  • giving speeches or presentations
  • making decisions in a group
  • engaging in dialogue or discussions
  • working through group conflict
  • being a leader and
  • feeling their participation is effective.

Qualitative data from the program in 2006 this year included such comments as: 1) This program has taught me to be more of a facilitator as opposed to being mostly a participant. It also taught me how to be more objective. 2) It has given me concrete ideas for running a meeting, ideas for working on conflicts within a group, how to get a group to collaborate. 3) This training was excellent for giving me the tools to: run an effective meeting, making a meeting fun, setting goals that are real and achievable, and most important, how to maintain an open mind and stay as impartial as possible.

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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.