News March 2013
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NACDEP March 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue
Membership Reminder
Galaxy Planning Committee Update
PILD Conference
CDS Conference
NET Conference
2013 NACDEP Awards
NACDEP Finance Chair
Galaxy Auction
Letter from the President
March to Galaxy
Key to a Great Galaxy
Western Region Spotlight
Western Rural Development Center
From PAR
Don't forget to renew your membership with NACDEP!

NACDEP is working to improve the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

2012 memberships expired on December 31st.
Report from NACDEP Galaxy IV Planning Committee Member, Michael Dougherty

Planning for Galaxy IV has been a balancing act.  Such is to be expected when all six professional associations that make up the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) come together once every five years for a joint conference. 

Read More Here

Submitted by Michael Dougherty, West Virginia University Extension Service

Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) 2013 Conference

April 21-24, 2013
Westin Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia

Conference Theme:
"What We Can Do....."

Submitted by Michelle Walk, Michigan State University Extension


2013 CDS Conference

July 20-24, 2013

Francis Marion Hotel

Charleston, South Carolina


Conference Theme:

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration 



2013 NET Conference

August 6-9, 2013
Doubletree Suites Detroit Downtown
Fort Shelby
Detroit, Michigan

Conference Theme:
Building Lasting Relationships


Read More Here

Submitted by Steve Burr, Utah State University Extension
2013 NACDEP Awards

Do you have a program or project deserving of recognition? Are you anxious because there has not been any information about NACDEP awards for this year?

Read More About 2013 Awards Here

This year's awards will include (individual & team):
  • Community Development Work
  • Educational Package
  • Educational Piece
  • Educational Technology
  • Media Presentation
  • Diversity 
Submitted by Michael Dougherty, West Virginia University Extension Service



NACDEP Finance Chair

On May 1, 2013 NACDEP finance chair, Notie Lansford, will transition to NACDEP Treasurer on the Board of Directors. If you love numbers, spreadsheets, and are a leader this volunteer position is for you!

Please contact the NACDEP office if you would like to serve as finance chair.   
Galaxy Auction Items Needed  

Conference auctions are the sole means to funding NACDEP conference scholarships. Due to the success of the 2012 NACDEP auction in Park City, Utah, NACDEP will be able to partially support three individuals wishing to travel to Galaxy IV in Pittsburgh.

Please consider donating an item or items for the Galaxy silent or live auctions and stipulate that your donation should support scholarships to future NACDEP conferences.

If you have an item you wish to donate, please contact Jane Conroy,
University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Auction Form Pending
Taking Office
on May 1, 2013 

Board of Directors:

Michael Darger
University of Minnesota

President Elect
Alison Davis  
University of Kentucky

Past President
Michael D. Wilcox, Jr.
Purdue University  
Glenn Muske
North Dakota State University

Notie Lansford
Oklahoma State University

Western Regional Representative
Mark Apel
University of Arizona

North Central Regional Representative
Joshua Clements
University of Wisconsin

Southern Regional Representative
Stacey McCullough
University of Arkansas

Northeastern Regional Representative
Kelly Nix
West Virginia University

1890 Representative
Kenyetta Nelson-Smith
Southern University Ag Center


Greetings NACDEP colleagues
The themes for this quarter's newsletter are Galaxy and the Western Region.  We have a lot of information in here that you are going to want to examine carefully - items about awards, tours, registration, links to web sites, and a lot more.  Note that we have two separate updates from the Western Region - one from Mark Apel and the other from Betsy Newman.  There are some very interesting things going on out there that I know you are going to want to read about.   I also liked the title of one of the submissions from Michael Dougherty about the "March to Galaxy" since this is the March newsletter and I have always been a fan of puns.  Plus Michael has provided us with a lot of useful details.  Happy reading!

Thomas Blaine
Thomas W. Blaine, PhD
Associate Professor
Ohio State University Extension Community Development
Convention Center LEED Plaque
Pittsburgh is a cool site for our September conference.  The convention center is architecturally impressive, full of green building features and wrapped in glass which allows wonderful views of the river in one direction and cityscape in the other direction.

Michael  Darger, President-Elect  

On May 1st, I will have the distinct pleasure of handing over the gavel to President-elect Michael Darger as he becomes the President of our Association. I will do so knowing that I have done my best to lead and serve our Association. And, as I say goodbye to close friends that are leaving the Board, I am looking forward to greeting our new officers and settling in as the NACDEP Past President. Thank you to the departing Board and Committee members, NACDEP has greatly appreciated your service. To the incoming Board members...Welcome! The bar has been set high by your predecessors. Get ready to roll up your sleeves!

Organizations, and the people who lead them, are often faced with difficult decisions and situations. I have had my fair share over the last year. Oftentimes, you are faced with moving forward or...

Read the President's Letter Here

M. Wilcox

Michael D. Wilcox, Jr., PhD
Assistant Program Leader
Purdue Extension
Senior Associate
Purdue Center for Regional Development
(865) 696-2267
Board RetreatThe work done to update our policies and procedures during the board retreat, as well as conference scouting, should pay off big time in the short run (awesome NACDEP at Galaxy Conference in 2013) and longer term too (Policies & Procedures).  I also learned that getting around the city's rivers, highways, hills, and one-ways is much easier with the aid of three of your NACDEP pals!


Greg Davis, Treasurer


Galaxy Logo

March may be known for its madness, but it is also the month you should be beginning your preparations for the Galaxy IV Conference, to be held September 16-20 in Pittsburgh.

The earlier travel plans are set the better.  About 2,000 Extension Educators are expected to attend the conference.  So you have to be ready for when reduced, early bird registration ($450) opens May 1, 2013.

Between now and then, you can research the main Galaxy hotels:  the Omni William Penn
(NAE4-HA headquarters), the Marriott City Center (NACAA headquarters), the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (NEAFCS headquarters), the Double Tree (ANREP headquarters), and the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh (NACDEP and ESP headquarters). You can learn about the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, a LEED Platinum Certified building and the location for the main and concurrent sessions (as well as many meetings) during Galaxy. And you can find out why Pittsburgh is found at the top of many lists of places to visit or live in the United States.

Hotel reservations will be PART OF conference registration. Room rates will be approximately $179.00 + taxes & fees for the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE THE BLOCK RATE, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY, YOU MUST RESERVE THROUGH THE CONFERENCE SITE.

And be sure to visit the just opened Galaxy website:
Submitted by Michael Dougherty, West Virginia University Extension Service
Clemente I had forgotten how pumped up I feel when I get the opportunity to interact and work with with others who are passionate about community development. My brain is exploding with ideas of what NACDEP can do to ensure community development survives in this era of tight budgets within Extension.

I can't wait for Galaxy where I hope to be surrounded by at least 200 NACDEP members for a whole week!

Stacey McCullough, Southern Region Rep

1. Showing up.  Check out the Galaxy website
 and our NACDEP Page

2. Getting your NACDEP buddies (and prospects) to show up.

3. Volunteering -- to help make it great. 

Submitted by Michael Darger,
University of Minnesota

PNC Park I left our planning meetings with the Pirates and the Steelers regarding Community and Economic Development so excited and thought to myself,..."they get it"!  I look forward to Galaxy where other NACDEP members will have the opportunity to experience what I did in Pittsburgh.  The built in networking and tours will be worth their weight in gold!

Kelly Nix, Northeast Regional Rep


Since the focus of this Spring's Newsletter is the Western Region, this is a good opportunity to introduce myself as the new NACDEP Board Western Region Representative starting in May. I would not have had the gumption to even consider this position without the outstanding example set by our outgoing representative Steve Burr. Steve's enthusiasm and dedication to our association over the last several years were an inspiration to me and I would like to thank him personally for his service.

The West, not unlike the other regions of NACDEP, represents its own unique slice of the American pie with regard to community development. That's right; we're 'unique' - just like everyone else.

Read more from incoming Western Region Rep, Mark Apel, here

Submitted by Mark Apel, University of Arizona Extension

Phipps Conservatory What an enjoyable and informative Tuesday afternoon field trip to check out the Wyndom Grand where NACDEP will be based for the upcoming Galaxy Conference and a tour of the Phipps Conservatory as a potential NACDEP-sponsored field trip for Galaxy! The 2013 NACDEP Conference held in conjunction with Galaxy will be a great experience!

Steve Burr, Western Region Rep




Western Rural Development Center

April 24-25, 2013
Las Vegas, NV
Registration Deadline: March 18
The Western Rural Development Center Area Sector Analysis Process (ASAP) was designed by Extension Specialists and Agents for Extension to use in collaboration with community leaders and has already been successfully applied to several communities across the region. Join us for ASAP Training and learn how to engage your community in targeted, sustainable economic development from the very team of Extension Specialists who created this process!

Extension Sustainability Summit Call for Presentations
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Submitted by Betsy Newman, Western Rural Development Center
PNC Park 2 My time spent in Pittsburgh for the NACDEP board retreat was so enlightening! Learning all the work and being surrounded by persons who are so committed to the work of CED professionals gives me enthusiasm to put forth extra efforts to see that NACDEP is a successful professional organizations, providing tremendous opportunities to CED professionals nationwide. Also, working together viewing tour sites for GALAXY really surprised me of what a committed economic development team can accomplish!

Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, 1890 Regional Rep



 Professional Administrative Resources manages thirteen associations that vary from local to regional to national coverage. When working with national clients, face time is always limited, so it was a great pleasure for me to travel to Pittsburgh and spend three days with your Board of Directors. As we worked through revisions in the Policies and Procedures of the organization, one thing became imminently clear - this is a group of passionate, dedicated community development professionals who seek to move this organization forward. During our time together, I had the pleasure of sharing successes during PAR's ongoing partnership with NACDEP.
Jen Schottke

Jen Schottke
Account Manager
Professional Administrative Resources


Phipps Conservatory
I am excited about the future of NACDEP after this focused time with the Board and in preparing for the NACDEP conference at Galaxy.  New opportunities for membership engagement are now on the horizon.  And the NACDEP tours during Galaxy will be truly inspiring, "don't miss" events.

Rachel Welborn, Secretary  



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