Newsletter September 2017
NACDEP Newsletter September Edition

In This Issue...


  1. President's Column


  3. JCEP Update

  4. Recruiting NACDEP Board

  5. Big Sky Proceedings

  6. North Central Region Update

  7. Annual Meeting at Big Sky, Montana - KEY POINTS & TAKEAWAYS

  8. BRE Update

  9. Top 10 Reasons to Attend NACDEP Cleveland

  10. Sustainability Outreach in Extension National Results


Top 10 Reasons to Attend NACDEP '18 in Cleveland

Submitted by David Civittolo 

Cleveland Ohio has been selected as the site of the 2018 NACDEP Conference. Join over 250 of your Extension colleagues from throughout the country as they engage in conversations, workshops and tours focused on local foods, urban programs, leadership development, economic development, and much much more.

Need more reasons to participate? With a nod to David Letterman, here are the top ten reasons you will want to attend NACDEP in Cleveland  June 9-13 2018:

10. Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - its only rock and roll but I like it

 9. Cedar Point and the roller coasters at Cedar Point Amusement Park

 8. Life is a beach- enjoy visiting the Lake Erie Islands

 7. Visit the Great Lakes Science Center - See, touch and explore! Enjoy amazing hands-on science exhibits, immerse yourself in a six-story OMNIMAX Theater, explore the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, and climb aboard the Steamship William G. Mather

 6. See urban farming up close with a personal tour of a vineyard

 5. Learn about the Global Center for Health Innovation Project- a focal point for the healthcare industry

 4. Visit Cleveland's historic West Side Market- a century-old market where immigrants and shoppers have come for decades to find the dishes and spices of their home country

 3. Enjoy fine cuisine during a visit to the "Little Italy" neighborhood where you can dine, recline, and catch up with colleagues

 2. Take in a show at Playhouse Square- a collection of ten performance spaces, including five theaters restored to their original 1920s elegance

 And the number one reason to attend the 2018 NACDEP Conference is.....................................

 It's time to ignite!  Enlighten us, but make it quick. Come and watch colleagues as they get 5 minutes and 20 slides to tell a compelling story. 

Please contact Co-Chairs

Greg Davis ([email protected]) or

David Civittolo ([email protected])

if you have any questions.


Sustainability Outreach in Extension National Results


Submitted by Roslynn Brain


In January 2017, Extension directors in all 50 states received a series of requests to administer to their Extension employees a National Sustainability Outreach in Extension Needs Assessment. From this, 1,395 responses were obtained from 40 states, providing insight into national sustainability-focused Extension programs, top challenges of communicating sustainability information to clientele, top emerging sustainability issues for Extension to address, and more. The top 5 emerging sustainability issues listed by Extension educators were: Water quality, climate change impacts, environmental education, economic development, and nutrition/health education. Discover more information about sustainability in extension by viewing the National Summary Results:

If you would like a complete national report, please email Roslynn Brain McCann at [email protected].



NACDEP Colleagues:

Greetings.  I hope everyone had a great summer.  As we turn toward the fall, I want to take this opportunity to update everyone on the schedule and guidelines we have for the newsletter.

We go to press four times a year: March, June, September and December.  Typically I send out a call for submissions around the 24th- 28th of February, May, August and November.  Note that some of these call dates are around holidays such as Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, so the call dates may vary outside the norms, depending on how the calendar plays out.  I usually give one week and change from the time of the call to the submission deadline.  I ask that you please respect the deadline date.

Once I receive submissions, I edit and send a draft to Ricky Atkins and generally ask our President and President-Elect to provide me with an extra pair of eyes for copy editing.  We like to go on-line with the newsletter about the 10th-15th of the publication month.  There are again exceptions however, such as in June when we often go a little early to get the newsletter out before our annual conference.  Also, we occasionally have a special issue of the newsletter when we have so much information to get out that it can't wait until the regular schedule.

I have been serving as your editor now since August of 2011, and it is a real pleasure for me.  Always feel free to contact me personally if you have ideas, questions or comments about the newsletter.  And for now, happy reading!

Thomas W. Blaine, PhD.
Newsletter Editor


Letter from the President

Submitted by Trudy M. Rice

As I sit down to write my first message to our NACDEP membership as your president I cannot help but reflect on the wonderful professional development event that we had this past June in Big Sky, Montana when NACDEP joined with the Community Development Society for our national meetings!  A big thanks goes out to the Montana State University Community Development professionals for their wonderful hospitality and exceptional mobile learning workshops!  The extra bonus to the week was the snowfall in June!  During many of our 90 degree days in Kansas this summer I thought of that snow fall.

Now, with fall upon us it is time to turn our attention to preparing for a great year of NACDEP activities.  Your NACDEP Executive Board will be meeting the last week of September in Cleveland, Ohio to do two things:

  • The first is to meet with The Ohio State University Community Development Extension professionals as they are making plans to host the 2018 NACDEP conference June 10-13.  I hope that every one of you have this at the top of your list for professional development next year-hope to see you there!

  • The NACDEP Executive Board will also be spending time talking about how we can increase our efficiency and effectiveness as a board and most importantly what we can do to insure the long term sustainability of NACEDEP as we strive to meet our member's professional development needs.  We will be developing a 3-5 year action plan based on our discussion.  If you have ideas to share please contact myself [email protected], your regional representative or any other member of the board this month.  We will also be using some of the information that was shared by our members during the regional meetings at the 2017 conference in Big Sky.

Finally, you may recall that during my term as your president I wanted to increase the financial viability of NACDEP and look at how to add value to our affiliates at the state and regional level.

We got a great start on the first one this past June when we nearly doubled the balance of our endowment fund!  It is well over $5,000.00 at this time with a significant increase in the number of donors.  We have a long ways to go but a great way to get there!  To contribute to this fund go to

On the topic of adding value to our state and regional chapters I need your help!  If you are a member of one of these chapters please take some time this fall and brainstorm with your members what NACDEP could do to help them in their professional career and add value to their membership at the state and national level.  I would love to hear from each of our 7 chapters!  [email protected].

My guess is that we will have snow in Kansas by the next time you receive this newsletter!  Enjoy the season(s).


Provided by Brent Elrod

Folks may recall that Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America was announced April 25, 2017, with a final report due within 180 days, or around October 25. In the interim, four workgroups have established goals and underlying strategies as reflected below.


Workgroup #1: Quality of Life

GOAL #1- Robust Modern Infrastructure

Strategy #1- Broadband
Strategy #2- Community Infrastructure and Facilities
Strategy #3- Investment in Housing

GOAL #2- Healthy Communities

Strategy #1- Access to Healthcare
Strategy #2- Mental and Behavioral Health
Strategy #3- Outdoor Recreation Access

Workgroup #2: Rural Workforce

GOAL #1- Maximize talent to fill open positions

Strategy #1- Expand Apprenticeship and Training Programs
Strategy #2- Close Education Gaps and Support Youth Career Training
Strategy #3- Recruit, Train & Utilize Veterans
Strategy #4- Recruit and Train Federal Program Recipients, i.e. SNAP
Strategy #5- Focus on Initiatives in Training for Healthcare Professions

GOAL #2- Improve Incentives to attract & retain new business and talent

Strategy #1- Provide Access to Agricultural Workers
Strategy #2- Support Remote Work Opportunities
Strategy #3- Encourage Reciprocity or Universal Professional Licensure to Limit Mobility Restriction

Workgroup #3: Innovation, Technology, and Data

GOAL #1- Feed Everyone by 2050

Strategy #1- Revitalized Food and Ag Innovation
Strategy #2- Coordinated and Prioritize Federal Ag Research Efforts
Strategy #3- Updated Science-Based Regulatory Process
Strategy #4- Extroverted Strategy on Scientific Integrity of Ag Science for Consumer Acceptance and Export Trade Access

GOAL #2- Unleash Rural Production Related Jobs

Strategy #1- Broadband
Strategy #2- Science & Tech Education and Extension Partnerships
Strategy #3- Federal Resource Data Production and Stakeholder Access
Strategy #4- Data Driven Management and Regulatory Stewardship of Federal Lands


Workgroup #4: Economic Development

GOAL #1- Opportunities to Prosper

Strategy #1- Improving access to capital
Strategy #2- Active participation and representation in global marketplace
Strategy #3- Identify and leverage existing programs that provide technical assistance to traditionally underserved communities

GOAL #2- Interagency Coordination of Access to Community Infrastructure, Local Natural Resources, and Regulatory Relief

Strategy #1- Increasing state and local control
Strategy #2- Reduce regulatory barriers to investment and utilization
Strategy #3- Promote entrepreneurship and innovation

Clearly, there are multiple Community & Economic Development research and extension activities underway across the country that can be linked to these goals.  NIFA has provided input into recommendations for the final report that can help advance progress toward achieving some of them.  When the report is made available for public review, we'll share the results. Have a wonderful Autumn!

JCEP Update
submitted by Kelly Nix

JCEP hosts two professional development opportunities:

  1. The Leadership Conference 
  2. The Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference
As a NACDEP member, you are a member of JCEP and your experience and expertise make you an ideal presenter for these conferences.

The 2018 JCEP Leadership Conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, FL on February 14-15.  The theme for the conference is "Balancing Tradition with Innovation." Presentation proposals are due September 15, 2017. NACDEP President Trudy Rice serves on the conference planning committee for this conference.

The PILD Conference will held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia on April 8-11, 2018. NACDEP members Laura Fuller and Rebecca Sero serve on the PILD conference planning committee.

For more information about JCEP, including these two professional development opportunities, visit

Recruiting NACDEP Board of Directors

Submitted By Kelly Nix

NACDEP members:  We need your input!

Would you like to help lead our organization and participate in key decisions that will improve our work in the future? Or do you know a colleague that might be interested?

Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for the following NACDEP Board Roles:

President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Northeast Region Rep, and Southern Region Rep. 

For detailed information regarding responsibilities for each office, click here

Officers will be installed at annual business meeting during NACDEP Conference - June 10-13, 2018

Click here BEFORE the November 10th deadline.  Link to Online Nominee Application Form

Big Skies, Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together

Proceedings from the 2017 CDS-NACDEP conference are now available at:

These proceedings are the outcome of the 2017 Community Development Society/National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference (CDS-NACDEP) that took place June 11-14 in Big Sky, Montana.  Each of these abstracts underwent a double blind peer review in the winter of 2016-17 and lead authors were notified in the spring of 2017 regarding acceptance.   This effort represents the first attempt by both of these organizations to provide a systematic and standardized opportunity for the review process as well as a formal documentation of the reviewed materials.  Only Abstracts accepted as Session Presentations are provided here; no Poster Abstracts are detailed in this publication.  The abstracts are presented alphabetically by the first author's last name.  The Abstract is presented verbatim as it was submitted by the authors.  The compilers wish to recognize and acknowledge the many peer reviewers that provided their time and expertize for the review process as well as the many authors who contributed to this effort.  We hope you enjoy these proceedings!

Kris Hains, University of Kentucky
Bryan Hains, University of Kentucky
Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University
Trudy Rice, Kansas State University

NACDEP North Central Region Update August 2017

NC Region Board Representative:  Brian Raison - [email protected]

Introduction & Background

First, I extend a huge thank you to Connie Mefford who served fabulously for the past 2 years as our NC Regional Rep!! Connie is a great communicator and has helped greatly in my orientation to this new role.

Second, I'm really psyched to serve in this new capacity. I've been a NACDEP member for over 10 years. I most recently chaired ComCom (our famously fun Communications Committee). In Ohio, I serve as a field specialist working statewide focused on leadership development. I also do quite a bit of strategic planning, and work in local food systems.

So, what will I be doing as your Regional Rep?

NACDEP uses four geographic regions that were established with the same boundaries as the USDA Rural Development Center regions (West, South, North East and North Central). There are also reps for the 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities and the 1890 Historically Black Land Grant Universities. Our job is to be a liaison between the NACDEP Board and YOU, our geographic region members.

What's your role?

As NACDEP members, you too have a role to play. Here are a few ideas of things you might contact me about. Share your:

-        emerging professional development needs,

-        ideas for possible national and regional conference sites and related programs,

-        networking opportunities with other Extension-affiliated and non-Extension professional associations,

-        particular concerns of the regional membership related to NACDEP policies, programs, or procedures.

As you let me know about these items, I will bring them to the Executive Committee's attention and/or advocate as needed.


Annual Meeting at Big Sky, Montana - KEY POINTS & TAKEAWAYS

Submitted by Brian Raison

Thanks to all who were able to participate in our NACDEP North Central Regional meeting at the CDS/NACDEP conference in Big Sky! Our investment resulted in some great feedback on "process" and "opportunity."  I have written up bullet points based on your input from our Big Sky meeting. Key points included:

Things we do well:

  • communication (greatly improved these past couple years)
  • engaged different states (attendance at conference)
  • fiscal responsibility (endowment example)
  • conference (education opportunities; tours; networking)
  • Awards (the diversity of awards too; they celebrate our work)
  • Opportunity to present research
  • Opportunity to engage (e.g. Board, committees, newsletter, etc.)


Things we could do better:

  • State chapter reports (share what other chapters do via web)
  • Fundraising suggestions (e.g., for our local chapters... explore models of how to pay/encourage membership, etc.)
  • Create portal to share / network [NOTE:  This is available! Need publicity!]
  • Create member directory (with "sections" of interest/specialization)  [NOTE:  This is available! Need publicity!]
  • Create an "institutional membership" ?? (CDS has something)
  1. Promote NACDEP to retirees
  2. involve them with purpose!
  • Begin a "history" writing / documentation
  • Create a virtual "new member orientation"
  • Mentor program?
  • Awards:  how can we recognize awards from other regions?


2018 Conference ideas:

  • Include "University" name in schedule (by presenter's name)
  • Need more lead time on accepted proposals for conference


New economic development research included in BR&E course

Submitted by Michael Darger

The online Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) course from the University of Minnesota Extension is open for registration.  The deadline is September 15th.  It's asynchronous -- you learn at the times that work for you.  For more information or to register, go to: .

What's new in BR&E?  Emerging knowledge includes research, application, and evaluation about BR&E.  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
  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 including those published in the new special BRE issue of Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society 48(2).

Note there are two tracks in the course: 1. community BR&E skills (objectives 1-4 above) or 2. BR&E research (objectives 4-5 above).  Completing either track earns your certificate of completion.  Completing both tracks might make you eligible to teach this course.   


The course is open to individuals yet we have a special price for teams because BR&E is a team activity.  We invite you and your colleagues to join us.  Several NACDEPers have participated through the years.    


Please contact me with any questions.  


Michael Darger, [email protected]


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