Newsletter June 2017
NACDEP Newsletter June Edition

In This Issue...


  1. President's Column

  2. A Great Year

  3. Meet David Civittolo

  5. JCEP Update

  6. NACDEP Business

  7. Thank You Montana Educators

  8. 2018 Conference

  9. Global Definition of Community Development

  10. NACDEP Swag


Reminder: Voting on the global definition of community development

Submitted by Rebekka Dudensing

Members are reminded to vote on NACDEP's adoption of the global definition of community development with addendum describing Extension professionals' role in community development. 
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 of Extension professionals' role in community development: Community Resources & Economic Development (CRED) Extension Professionals work WITH communities to support activities that encourage broad participation and result in social, environmental, and/or economic improvement as defined by the community.

View the resolution and vote by Wednesday June 7th:


Thank you to all who placed orders for NACDEP merchandise

Submitted by Rebekka Dudensing

Items are now in production and will be shipped to Big Sky. They will be available at the conference and will be shipped to non-attendees post-conference. If you missed the online sale, luggage tags will be available for purchase at the conference. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund and support new member activities.


NACDEP Colleagues: 

Greetings!  Here we are in June already and it's time for the NACDEP-CDS Conference in Big Sky country.  So we are getting out the June newsletter to get everyone up to speed before the big event.  Timing is everything, someone once said.  Lots about the 2017 conference, and even some about next year's already!  NACDEP'ers plan ahead, that's for sure.  The newsletter starts, of course, with a letter from our current President, Kelly Nix.  I just want to say that it has been a real privilege for me to work with Kelly on the newsletter this past year, and to thank her for her outstanding service to our organization.  

Here we go with the newsletter - Happy Reading!

Thomas W. Blaine, PhD
NACDEP Newsletter Editor

Letter from the President


In just a few days, Trudy Rice will take on the position as your NACDEP President.  This is very exciting because we have seen change in Community Development Practice over the last few years and without a doubt it will continue to change as our communities confront different needs and we face challenging budget times.  Trudy has done an amazing job this year with coordinating the conference with CDS and as I have watched her work, I realize she is just the right person for NACDEP to move us forward!


The Community Change Network and the CDS Past President's Committee, seeks input from community development practitioners and researchers on the role of community development in sustaining community vitality and supporting community change as well as how community development practice may need to change in the future. The survey, which will take about 5 minutes to complete, will be open until June 23rd.  Responses are anonymous and a summary report will be shared later this summer. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. 

 Survey Link:


It has been my pleasure to serve as your President over this past year and I want you to know I'm committed to remaining actively involved in NACDEP as Past President.  In this role, I look forward to serving as the chair of Resolutions & Policy and Nominations committees. 

Lastly, I really look forward to seeing many of you in Big Sky!  Safe travels!


Kelly Nix

NACDEP President

A Great Year Ahead!

By Trudy Rice, NACDEP President-Elect

It is with great anticipation and excitement that later this month I will assume the responsibility of serving as the current NACDEP President for 2017-18.  I consider it a great honor and vote of confidence from NACDEP members to be able to serve as your association president.  In thinking about how I can best serve this great organization I have decided to focus on three main areas.  These include the following:

  • Membership-We need to not only maintain but grow our membership base for the future.  As Community Development programming becomes stronger at the local, state, and national level we need to encourage our fellow professionals to consider joining NACDEP as one of their Extension professional organizations.  Then, it is up to us to host educational events throughout the year, provide connections, and have great annual conferences so that all members see the return on investment of their membership dollars.  I challenge each of you to encourage at least one person to join NACDEP this year-that would double our membership!

  • Fundraising-Membership dues should be just one source of income for our association-not the only source.  I look forward to working with the Development Committee to further increase our resources for an investment fund where the earnings can be a source of dollars to support leadership and professional development efforts in the future. Consider designating NACDEP as part of your planned giving in the future.  If each of us gave a dollar a day for a year times a membership total of 300 that would be $109,500.00.  If that was invested to earn 4% a year we would have $4,380.00 to spend that year.  A great start!

  • State Chapters-I would like to continue to promote the establishment of state or multi-state chapters of NACDEP.  This is an issue that I spent a great deal of time on a few years ago and we now have clear guidelines on how this should happen.  It is my belief that by having a state Extension professional development association related to Community Development it raises the level of awareness of our program area within our state and gives an association home for those educators who have primary responsibility or interest in community development programming.  We currently have seven officially recognized state chapters of NACDEP.  Work with me to increase that to at least 10 this year!
As Jimmy Buffet said "Be the best you can be, and that makes the day for me!" I will do my best and know that each of you will as well for the benefit of NACDEP!  If you have ideas, suggestions, questions, or just want to talk I can always be reached at [email protected] or 785 766 3996

Meet NACDEP 2017-18 President-Elect David Civittolo

I am thankful for the opportunity to lead NACDEP as your President elect beginning in Montana and becoming the President of this fine organization in 2018.  For now, I am quite grateful to be able to learn for our current President, Kelly Nix and our soon to be President Trudy Rice.  In order to keep the business of NACDEP moving in a positive direction, there is much behind the scenes work that is being done year round by Kelly and Trudy as well as a committee chair and members.

I'd also like to acknowledge current past President Stacey McCullough for all her assistance with NACDEP Conference planning.

To that end, allow me to introduce myself to the membership!

Currently, I am an Associate Professor and Field Specialist focusing on Community Economics at Ohio State University.  I am housed on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) Campus in Wooster, Ohio (near Cleveland) but I am responsible for conducting economic development programs throughout Ohio.  My primary research interests include strategic planning for economic development organizations, conducting business retention and expansion surveys, and Retail Market studies for Ohio communities.  My research also addresses economic development tools that can be utilized by cities, villages, and townships that can strengthen the financial impact of economic development projects.

I have been with Ohio State University Extension since 2000 and have served as a county educator and a county director prior to my current position.  Before my work with Extension, I was employed as a village manager for numerous communities in Ohio. 

Please feel free to email me if you have any suggestions about NACDEP as I begin my new role. My email is [email protected]


Submitted By Brent Elrod

In 2017, the summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21, at 12:24 A.M. EDT.  The solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight in the northern hemisphere during the whole year.  In Big Sky, MT, site of the joint NACDEP-CDS Conference, the day's length will be a whopping 15 and 3/4 hours! You can check your locale for how long you can enjoy the great outdoors on any given day, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac.  Just don't forget to apply your sunscreen!

Which brings me to the new Recreation Economy Resource Guide, recently released to USDA Forest Service and Rural Development field staff, and interested Land-grant and Cooperative Extension faculty.  The Guide is designed to encourage collaboration among the partners that promotes economic development through outdoor recreation in rural communities.  Email me to get a pdf copy.  Better yet, attend the National Extension Tourism conference 8-10 August in Princeton, NJ to get a hard copy and hear directly from Forest Service, Rural Development, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Environmental Protection Agency about federal efforts that are underway and forthcoming to strengthen and grow the recreation economy nationwide.

The actual FY17 and proposed FY18 federal budgets also recently got their exposure to the light of the day.  On May 5, 2017, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244) which provides annual funding for the Federal government including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

H.R. 244 provides $1.37 billion in discretionary spending for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture which is about $41.5 million above the FY 2016 Appropriations.  The budget funds the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative at $375 million and directs that not less than 15 percent of the competitive research grant funds be used for agricultural research enhancement awards.

In addition, the FY17 budget doubled the funding for the Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDC's) to $2 million.  However, the FY18 budget zeroed out the line for the RRDC's.  In response, the RRDC directors are preparing a strategy that will inform stakeholders about how the research, education and outreach efforts in community, resource and economic developments strengthens communities and improves quality of life across America.

So while the sun shines bright, much work remains to be done.  Be sure to stay connected.  Individually, NACDEP is a resource that helps grow professional skills and capacity.  Collectively, NACDEP becomes a juggernaut that further develops and leads the field.  So share your ideas and successes.  Meet that imposing challenge.  Most of all, find the joy in those moments that make up the day (and night) with colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

JCEP Update

Submitted by Stacey McCullough

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) hosted its annual Policy Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference on April 2-5 2017 in Crystal City, VA. This was a milestone year, as it was the 25th PILD conference. There were 296 registered attendees with 54% first-time attendees. Roughly 89% of attendees are employed by Extension and 10% are volunteers. Over 85% felt PILD was either very effective or moderately effective in enhancing their understanding of the appropriation process and key federal budget priorities for our land-grant system. The keynote by Dr. Stewart and the senate staffers were ranked the highest, and 95% of attendees rated the conference as either excellent or good.

In other news, the JCEP Board of Directors is holding its in-person Summer Board Meeting in Minneapolis on June 6-8. Major agenda items to be discussed include initiatives regarding civil dialogue, the structure of JCEP today and in the future, JCEP conferences and professional development (PILD, Leadership and potential others), policies and procedures, fiscal and investment strategies, working with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), and innovation.

Preparing for the NACDEP Business Meeting

Submitted by Stacey McCullough

The 2017 NACDEP annual business meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the NACDEP-CDS Conference in Big Sky, Montana. If attending the conference, please plan on attending as we need 1/4th of the eligible membership in attendance to achieve a quorum.

In preparation for this important annual event, the NACDEP Board of Directors encourages you to review last year's business meeting minutes at and proposed bylaws changes at

We will also be sharing the accomplishments of NACDEP committees, our current financial status, the results of our recent vote on a definition of community development, introduction of NACDEP's 2017-18 Board of Directors, and previews of the 2018 and 2019 conferences.

Thank You to Montana Community Development Educators and Others from the Western Region!

Submitted by Trudy M. Rice

A BIG Thanks goes out to Paul Lachapelle and his fellow Community Development Educators from Montana and the Western Region.  They have worked tirelessly the past twelve months to plan and host and exceptional joint conference of the Community Development Society and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.  Their carefully planned and executed agenda allows for time to enjoy the beautiful big sky country, re-new old friendships, make new connections, and most importantly engage in an excellent agenda for personal and professional development.  Great job Montana and the entire Western Region!

If you are not able to join us in Montana this year please plan ahead for future NACDEP conferences which include June 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio and June 2019 in Ashville, North Carolina.

NACDEP 2018 Conference: Communities that Rock!

Submitted by Committee Co-Chairs Greg Davis and David Civittolo, Ohio State University

Please mark your calendars for June 10-13th for the 2018 NACDEP Conference.

The conference will be held in Cleveland Ohio, affording easy accessibility for the entire NACDEP membership.  The theme of the conference is: Communities that Rock!

The conference site will at the Renaissance Hotel (  Originally built in 1918, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is a local landmark and is located in downtown Cleveland near Public Square and connected to Tower City Center, the hub of Downtown Cleveland's nightlife and attractions featuring an array of boutiques, restaurants, and a movie theater. Elevated in every way, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel features vaulted ceilings, high-arched windows, a stunning marble fountain, and a magnificent Grand Ballroom.

Transportation with Ease

Located on the south shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is within 500 miles of 43% of the U.S. population. The average high temperature range in May/June is 69/79; average low range is 50/60.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), 12 miles from downtown, is serviced by eight major airlines (including American, Delta, Southwest, United, Frontier, etc.) and nearly 150 daily non-stop flight options. If you're flying, there is no need to rent a vehicle.  Simply look for the Rapid Transit Train Red line near the baggage claim, and enjoy a 15 minute ride ($2.25 one way) that will drop you off at Tower City. The Renaissance hotel is attached to Tower City, so there is no need to step outside.

If you plan on driving to the 2018 Conference, the Renaissance Hotel has available on-site and off-site parking.

Come Early and Stay Late: Bring the Family!!!

The Local Planning Committee is in the process of developing pre-conference activities, mobile workshops, and post conference fun!!

Listed below are some examples of experiential professional development opportunities, panel discussions, presentations, etc.

  • Local trolley tour: Comprehensive 60 and 120 minute narrated tours of the city.
  • Local Foods: Various urban food & farming sites, including:
    • West Side Market
    • Kinsman Farm
    • Rid-All
    • Stanard Farm
    • Ohio City Farm
    • Great Lakes Brewery
    • Urban Farmer
    • ethnic markets
  • Health Care Industry: Global Center for Health Innovation (serves health and health care innovation, education and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs and virtual offerings), Cleveland Clinic (Innovations, Buildings & Properties, etc.).
  • Museum Industry:
    • Great Lakes Science Center
    • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    • Cleveland Aquarium
    • University Circle museums
  • Lake Erie: Tourism / Water Quality / Economy of the Great Lakes / Sport Fishing.

  • Covered Bridges/Wine Country Tour

  • Underground Railroad: In Search of the Underground Railroad in Cleveland. Tour from Old Stone Church to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square.
Day-long adventure activities include: charter fishing; Cedar Point amusement park (the Roller Coaster Capital of the World), as well as ferry boats that can carry travelers to some of Lake Erie's most charming islands, including South Bass Island that houses the vibrant Victorian town of Put-In-Bay and Gibraltar Island, home to OSU's Stone Laboratory.


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