2014 NACDEP Conference
Grand Rapids, MI
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
June 22-25, 2014


The Art of Reinvention

10th NACDEP Conference
Sunday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan


NACDEP’s 10th Anniversary Conference provides attendees with tremendous professional development and growth opportunities. Through presentations of innovative programs from Extension peers, experiential learning through mobile workshops, and engaging keynote speakers and panels, this year’s event provides the type of learning experience fitting of our association’s 10th anniversary. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Art of Reinvention” and our conference host, Grand Rapids, Michigan provides the perfect setting for NACDEP professionals to learn. Grand Rapids has successfully reinvented itself from a primarily aging manufacturing city to a vibrant and engaged community through the arts, culinary tourism, medical innovation and entrepreneurial development. Today, Grand Rapids is recognized as:

#1 Travel Destination for 2014 (Lonely Planet)

14 Destinations for your 2014 Travel Bucket List (Huffington Post)

15 U.S. Cities’ Emerging Downtowns (Forbes.com)

Beer City, USA (Examiner.com)

25 Best Beef Cities in the World (drinkingmadeeasy.com)

Top 8 North American Cities Experiencing an Artistic Boom (Good Magazine)

2nd Best Place to Live in the US (Wall Street Journal Market Watch)

NACDEP is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! We will be honoring our past NACDEP Presidents and the work that all of our members have contributed to Community and Economic Development Extension. Furthermore, beyond reflecting on our past, it’s time to think about how we can reinvent community and economic development by embracing new programs, engaging new audiences, and experimenting with new delivery methods. The 2014 conference will highlight the role of all Extension Professionals in helping address community and economic development issues. Ultimately, the conference provides a forum for Extension educators, scholars, researchers, partners and government officials to explore the breadth of topics related to community development.

Conference Registration     -   Please Note:  You must make your Hotel Reservation in Addition to Conference Registration.


Conference Hotel & Reservations                                                  


Conference Program with all Details  - Printed Program will be in your registration packet.

Grand Rapids Highlights:


From the Member Services Committee:  2014 CONFERENCE AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED!

The Member Services Committee is collecting door prizes for the annual conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 22-25, 2014. The items will be auctioned at the conference as part of our fund raising efforts to benefit members for scholarships. Please adhere to federal shipping rules and regulations via flight or freight.  

Door prizes may be sent to the attention of NACDEP associate manager:   
C/O Peter Metsker
1820 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

For additional questions regarding the prizes, please contact Member Services Co-chairs:
Minnie Mitchell-Bishop


Mary Martin