Newsletter March 2017
NACDEP Newsletter March Edition

In This Issue...


  1. President's Column

  2. Bylaws

  3. JCEP Update

  4. Global Definition of Community Development

  5. BR&E Update

  6. Leadership

  7. Volunteers Needed

  8. Don't Miss This One Register Now


Volunteers Sought for NACDEP/CDS Conference

Volunteers are needed to help with the 2017 NACDEP/CDS Conference, "Big Skies: Bold Partnerships - Moving Mountains Together," on June 11-14 in Big Sky, MT. The conference is set to highlight the synergistic energy between two professional community development organizations, the Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).

Conference highlights will include thought provoking speakers and artists, experiencing Montana community development initiatives first hand through mobile learning tours, and networking opportunities with professionals nationally and internationally.

Your skills and expertise are needed to help make this event a success for everyone! We are seeking volunteers to moderate sessions, work registration, assist with mobile and pre-conference workshops, and more.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Carrie Staton at [email protected]


Don't Miss this one Register  Now

Submitted by Trudy Rice

This June NACDEP and the Community Development Society (CDS) will be having a joint conference in Big Sky, Montana June 11-14 "Big Skies Bold Partnerships-Moving Mountains Together". 

The steering committee and local host committee have been working the last several months to provide an incredible experience for attendees at this conference.  Big Sky is a beautiful setting and the following learning opportunities will be available:

  • 8 Mobile Learning Workshops
  • 6 Pre-conference workshops
  • 3 featured speakers including a panel
  • 4 Ignite presentations
  • Over 40 poster presentations
  • Over 125 breakout session presenters/topics
  • Networking opportunities
  • Live and silent auction

Early bird registration closes April 1st so tell your friends, get your registration in, and pack your bags!  See you in Big Sky in June.

To register:


NACDEP Colleagues: 

Greetings and welcome to the March 2017 edition of the NACDEP newsletter.  I hope everyone had a great winter.  As we turn the page to spring, let's all look forward to the great things that will be happening soon in the organization.  This edition of the newsletter highlights a lot of those things.  I hope you enjoy reading it.  Also, do not hesitate to contact me directly if you wish to discuss the newsletter.  I am open to suggestions, constructive criticism, and any other form of feedback you wish to give me.  You all probably know my email address by now, but also feel free to call me at 330-466-7877.

Thomas W. Blaine, PhD
Newsletter Editor

Letter from the President

When I reflect on the last ten months as your President, I can't help but feel an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the many people who supported me in this role.  It's hard to believe the conference is just a little over two months away at which time our 2017-2018 board will take over.  Time really does fly by!  

By now I hope you have renewed your membership.  If you have not, you'll want to do so before you register for the conference in order to receive the member rate.  In addition to NACDEP's professional development such as the annual conference, the networking, awards/recognition and staying informed through quarterly newsletters and email are among the other many benefits of being a member of NACDEP.  

For your convenience, click here to Join/Renew/Donate.

Proposals for 2019 Annual Conference in the Southern Region are being accepted now. If you are in this region and have an interest, please download the Conference Site Application and submit by March 24, 2017.
Looking forward to seeing you in Big Sky! I know we will get inspired by the many awesome speakers lined up, have time to have meaningful conversations through the networking events and kick up our heels and have some fun.  


Kelly Nix
NACDEP President

Proposed Bylaws Changes Due April 15

Is there something about NACDEP that's been bugging you? Have an idea about what would make our organization more fundamentally sound? Now is the time to submit proposed amendments to NACDEP's Bylaws. Our current Bylaws can be found online at

Email your proposed changes to Stacey McCullough ([email protected]), chair of the Resolutions and Policy Committee, by April 15.

The committee will review proposed amendments for consistency and coordination with existing Bylaws and other proposals and follow up with you to resolve any issues if necessary. Members will be notified of all proposed amendments at least 30 days prior to our annual meeting in June.

JCEP Update

In case you missed it, the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) hosted its annual Leadership Conference on February 8-9, 2017 in Orlando. Nearly 300 people attended the conference in person, and another 226 participated in the first ever Virtual Town Hall Meeting live-streamed during the conference. While the final evaluation results are still being tabulated, your NACDEP representatives to the JCEP Board of Directors are proud to have been part of this professional development event.

Registration is still open for JCEP's second annual conference, Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD). The PILD Conference is scheduled for April 2-5 in Arlington, VA. This year's conference theme is Relationships, Relevance, Results.

For more details or to register, visit the JCEP website at Hope to see you there!

Stacey McCullough

Webinar: Should NACDEP Adopt the Global Definition of Community Development?

This spring, NACDEP members have the opportunity to vote whether to adopt a global definition of community development. The NACDEP Regional Reps and the Marketing Committee invite you to participate in a webinar discussing

  • the global definition of community development
  • why we think NACDEP members should adopt the definition along with a statement to describe Extension professionals' role in community development
  • the process by which we explored various definitions, proposed a new definition, listened to and acted up member feedback, and ultimately recommend signing on to the global definition.

Please join us either

Tuesday, April 11, noon Central
Wednesday, April 19, 2:00 Central
(both sessions will cover the same material)
Meeting number: 747 899 485
Phone option: (210) 606-9466 US Toll or (866) 282-7366 US Toll Free

The Committee and the NACDEP Board believe the global definition, which both the International Association for Community Development (IACD) and the Community Development Society (CDS) adopted in 2016, accurately reflects Extension professionals' understanding of community development.  However, they recommend following the definition with a statement (created by Kenny Sherin and Richard Proffer) describing Extension professionals' role in community development:

Global definition:

"Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, equality, economic opportunity and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings."

Statement describing Extension professionals' role in community development:
 "Community Resources Extension Professionals work WITH communities to support development activities and to encourage broad participation, resulting in community and/or economic improvement as defined by the community."

Submitted by Rebekka Dudensing ([email protected]) and Michael Darger ([email protected])

New Economic Development Research is Included in Online Course

What's new in economic development that supports existing businesses?  In other words, what's new with Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E)?   Find out in the new special BRE issue of Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society 48(2).  Several NACDEP members wrote articles or helped with peer reviews for this edition.  It features emerging knowledge that includes research, application, and evaluation.  There will be sessions at the conference this summer highlighting this research and insights from this compilation will also will be reviewed during the University of Minnesota's online BR&E course.  

The spring BR&E online course from the University of Minnesota Extension is now open for registration.  The deadline is March 24th.  Online courses are offered in the spring (April 5-May 31) and fall (Sept. 27-Nov. 22).  This course is designed to be convenient for learning when it works for you. 

For more information or to register  Participants will receive a print edition of the special BRE journal (see below).

Educational Objectives for BR&E Course:

  1. Plan a BR&E initiative that fits your community or sphere of influence,

  2. Organize a community or region to implement a BR&E program,

  3. Understand and explain the three steps and various elements of the BR&E process, and

  4. Access BR&E resources and networks as needed.  Please consider the instructors and other participants as part of your network.

  5. Be knowledgeable about BR&E today by learning from research, application, and evaluation articles published in the new special BRE issue of Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society 48(2).  Several NACDEP members wrote articles or helped with peer reviews for this edition.  

The courses are open to individuals or teams (special price).  We invite you and your colleagues to join us.  Thanks for your referrals.  

Please contact Michael Darger at [email protected] with any questions you might have.

Leadership Opportunities for YOU!

It is time to start thinking about how you might give back to NACDEP while increasing your leadership skills at the same time.  Currently we are in search of a person to represent NACDEP on the Public Issues Leadership Conference (PILD) planning committee for the 2017-2019. 

This conference is sponsored by JCEP and is held in the spring in Washington D.C..  If you are interested in more information on this opportunity contact Trudy Rice [email protected] soon.   An appointment to the committee will be made by early summer.

NACDEP currently operates under the following committee structure.  Everyone is encouraged to serve on a national committee as a chair, co-chair, or member.  If you are interested in serving on one of these committees please let Trudy Rice [email protected] know by July 1, 2017.

  • Resolutions & Policy
  • Finance
  • Nominations
  • Communications
  • Conference
  • Member Services
  • Recognition
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • PILD Planning Committee


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