Julie Robinson, PhD

Host, Strengthening Our Communities

Dr. Julie Robinson, PhD is Associate Professor in the Community, Professional, and Economic Development Department with the University of Arkansas System Division Of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. As a program and staff development specialist, Julie develops and delivers online courses and face-to-face sessions for Extension employees and clientele across the state, in the areas of professional and leadership development. Julie has a BS from Arkansas State University, MS from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, and PhD from The Ohio State University. Reach out to Julie at jrobinson@uaex.edu or 501-671-2082.

Ways to Connect

Arkansas and the nation has seen a historic increase in weekly Unemployment Insurance claims recently as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment Insurance payments act as an important safety net for employees who may use some of this money to purchase items at local businesses which prevent even larger declines in the local economy. This benefit is a program provided through federal and state agencies, but states have flexibility in how it is administered.

Leadership is a broad term with many different theories and styles that guide personal and organizational interactions. Because of this, there are different leadership development programs available through individual employers and communities, as well as state and national organizations.

The LeadAR program at the Cooperative Extension Service, is one example of a state-wide leadership program. Founded in 1984, LeadAR is one of Arkansas’s oldest leadership programs with over 460 alumni.

County Extension Agents have worked to improve the lives of Arkansans since 1905. Each of Arkansas’ 75 counties has an Extension office, which is staffed with agents who work closely with Extension faculty, who are subject matter experts. These agents then deliver this trusted research-based information to help strengthen agriculture, communities, and families and improve the quality of life for all Arkansans.

The U.S. Government is the world’s largest purchaser as it contracts out for all types of products and services – both large and small. It is also required by law to set aside opportunities for small businesses.

Between October 2017-September 2018, there was approximately $895 million available in federal government contracts for work to be done in the state of Arkansas.

To bid for a government contract, small businesses must complete an intricate registration process and wade through lengthy solicitations.