Community, Professional and Economic Development Competency Definition
picture of people votingAn employee with competencies in the Community, Professional and Economic Development (CPED) Subject Matter Expertise category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to CPED. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.


Community and Economic Development competency areas are:

  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Communities
  • Public Policy
  • Professional Development

picture of a courthouseTarget: All Employees
Content: The purpose of this course is to create a working knowledge of the responsibilities of county governments, county elected officials, and Quorum Court members. Participants will also learn about the county government budgeting process and become proficient in accessing and sharing UA-Cooperative Extension Service county government resources with county officials and community leaders.
Competency Category(s): Community and Economic Development
Format: Online
Date(s): July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Wayne Miller, wmiller@uada.edu, (501) 671-2085; Ellie Wheeler, ewheeler@uada.edu, (501) 671-2241

local government finance publication coverTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, State Faculty
Content: This course will provide participants with an understanding of some of the critical issues facing county governments and the resources available from Community, Professional & Economic Development (CPED) to assist county officials to address some of these issues. Participants will learn about the revenue and spending trends of their county and how counties can provide for needed infrastructure and services are given revenue constraints. Finally, the course provides guidance for developing your local government program using the resources and tools available from CPED.
Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise - CED
Format: Online
Dates: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Location: Learn
Contact: Wayne Miller, wmiller@uada.edu, (501) 671-2085; Ellie Wheeler, ewheeler@uada.edu, (501) 671-2241

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: 
Help your community keep jobs and $ in AR through selling to the government. Learn about the various government contracting tools from the Arkansas PTAC team so you may educate businesses in your county to seek out government work. In this online course, you will be taught what government contracting means & be shown a variety of online tools to show you how to search available government contracts (federal, state, local) in your county. You will learn how to search which companies are currently receiving federal and state awards in your county and we will provide you with tools to help you build the capacity of your county businesses so they may successfully bid on government contracts.
Competency Category(s): Community, Professional, and Economic Development

Format: Online
Date(s): September 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s):
Melanie Berman, msberman@uada.edu, (501) 671-2361Max Franks, mfranks@uada.edu, (501) 650-6180;  Debra Garcia, dgarcia@uada.edu; Tim Hicks, thicks@uada.edu, (501) 671-2227; Lynnette Rancifer, lrancifer@uada.edu, 501-671-2390

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: On April 8, 2024, nearly 2/3 of Arkansas will be within the path of totality for the Total Solar Eclipse. This event will bring thousands of visitors to Arkansas to experience the phenomenon. Groups and communities across Arkansas will be planning events focusing on this historic astronomical occurrence. The economic impact from the 2017 eclipse was massive but Arkansas is in a position to exceed those numbers since The Natural State is centrally located and our “darkness” time will be nearly twice that of the 2017 event. Kim Williams from Arkansas Parks & Tourism will share what to prepare for and how Extension can support communities for the influx of visitors.
Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- CPED
Format: Webinar
Date(s): January 13, 2022 (enrollment closes 1/13/22)
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Zoom
Capacity: 100
Contact(s): Julianne Dunn, jbdunn@uada.edu, (501) 671-2158

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, State Faculty, Program Associates/Techs, Supervisors
Content: This course provides participants with information to better understand critical issues facing Arkansas county governments & tools to enhance their work with county officials, community leaders & the public in addressing these issues. The course is discussion-oriented & includes the following six topics conducted in six one-hour Zoom sessions. 
Competency Category(s): Community, Professional, and Economic Development
Capacity: 100
Format: Webinar
Dates:

  1. Responsibilities of County Governments - July 8, 2021
  2. Developing effective working relationships with county officials - August 12, 2021
  3. Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic & other critical issues facing county governments - September 9, 2021
  4. Providing services in the context of fiscal constraints - October 14, 2021
  5. Inside/out-county jails as community development partners - November 11, 2021
  6. Developing local ballot issue fact sheets - December 9, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Zoom
Contact(s): Wayne Miller, wmiller@uada.edu, (501) 671-2085; Ellie Wheeler, ewheeler@uada.edu, (501) 671-2241; Kristin Higgins, khiggins@uada.edu, (501) 671-2160; Emily Smith, elsmith@uada.edu, 501-671-2138

Coming together for racial understandingTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Associates/Techs, State Faculty, Supervisors, State Support Services Staff 
Content: This train-the-trainer program will build capacity within the Extension to help communities engage in civil dialogues around racial issues. Participants should be interested and ready to participate in a dialogue on race. Participants will be invited to become part of the team that will implement and evaluate the dialogue process in communities.
Format: Classroom 
Date(s): March 7-8, 2022 (Enrollment closes 3/1/22)
Time: March 7 - 10:00am - 7:00pm, March 8 - 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: C.A.Vines 4-H Center, Ferndale, AR
Capacity: 25
Contact(s): Julianne Dunn, jbdunn@uada.edu, (501) 671-2158; Teki Hunt Winston, huntjimenezt@uapb.edu, (870) 575-8538; Blanca Hernandez, bhernandez@uada.edu, (501) 340-6650; Emily Smith, elsmith@uada.edu, (501) 671-2138

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: This in-service will provide participants with an overview of community, professional, and economic development and identify tools and resources used to strengthen Arkansas communities. During this in-service, participants will learn how to apply these resources to their own communities so they can effectively evaluate current programs and unearth new economic development opportunities.
Competency Category(s):
 Community, Professional, and Economic Development
Format: Classroom
Date(s): January 27-28, 2022
Time: January 27 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; January 28 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Washington
 County Extension Office, Fayetteville, AR 
Capacity: 20
Contact(s): 
Emily Smith, elsmith@uada.edu, (501) 671-2138; Wayne Miller, wmiller@uada.edu, (501) 671-2085; Ellie Wheeler, ewheeler@uada.edu, (501) 671-2241; Melanie Berman, msberman@uada.edu, (501) 671-2361; Julianne Dunn, jbdunn@uada.edu, (501) 671-2158

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: This in-service will provide participants with an overview of community, professional, and economic development and identify tools and resources used to strengthen Arkansas communities. During this in-service, participants will learn how to apply these resources to their own communities so they can effectively evaluate current programs and unearth new economic development opportunities.
Competency Category(s):
Community, Professional, and Economic Development
Format: Classroom
Date(s): February 10-11, 2021
Time: February 10 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; February 11 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:
Hempstead County, Hope, AR
Capacity: 20
Contact(s):
Emily Smith, elsmith@uada.edu, (501) 671-2138; Wayne Miller, wmiller@uada.edu, (501) 671-2085; Ellie Wheeler, ewheeler@uada.edu, (501) 671-2241; Melanie Berman, msberman@uada.edu, (501) 671-2361; Julianne Dunn, jbdunn@uada.edu, (501) 671-2158

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: This in-service will provide participants with an overview of community, professional, and economic development and identify tools and resources used to strengthen Arkansas communities. During this in-service, participants will learn how to apply these resources to their own communities so they can effectively evaluate current programs and unearth new economic development opportunities.
Competency Category(s):
 Community, Professional, and Economic Development
Format: Classroom
Date(s): February 24-25, 2025
Time: February 24 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; February 25 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: 
Jonesboro Extension Office, Jonesboro, AR
Capacity: 20
Contact(s): 
Emily Smith, elsmith@uada.edu, (501) 671-2138; Wayne Miller, wmiller@uada.edu, (501) 671-2085; Ellie Wheeler, ewheeler@uada.edu, (501) 671-2241; Melanie Berman, msberman@uada.edu, (501) 671-2361; Julianne Dunn, jbdunn@uada.edu, (501) 671-2158