Rich Past, Vibrant Future: NACDEP Conference coming to Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2020


By Charlie French

The NACDEP conference comes to New Hampshire’s charming, European-style, seaside city next May 31 – June 3. The 2020 conference follows the fantastic 2019 conference that took place in Asheville, North Carolina, where more than 200 Extension professionals convened to learn from each other and build connections.

The 2020 conference will be held at Portsmouth’s Sheraton Harborside Hotel. University of New Hampshire Extension is working with regional partners in Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut to plan an exciting conference that will highlight New Hampshire’s and New England’s rich history and penchant for innovation.

Portsmouth sits at the mouth of the Piscataqua River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Productive fishing grounds attracted early settlers, who established a settlement and seaport in 1630. The small city is now a popular visitor destination, offering nearly 100 restaurants and a hopping downtown with music, arts, and events in the summertime. Because of its colonial roots and iconic European architecture, Portsmouth was named one of a “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. USA Today rated the city as having one of the country’s top-three small-town food scenes.


You can explore these attractions and more when you join us next summer. We are planning mobile learning workshops and pre-conference tours to highlight Mount Washington in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, New England’s fishing heritage, local arts and culture, recreational activities on the Atlantic, colonial Strawbery Banke, and the pristine coastline of neighboring Maine. Foodies can explore Portsmouth’s farm-to-table connections as well as enjoy a brewery tour.

Check out this video to experience a taste of Portsmouth’s downtown charms.


To learn more about NACDEP 2020, contact NACDEP 2020 Conference Co-chair Charlie French. Charlie is program leader for Community and Economic Development with UNH Cooperative Extension ([email protected]).