News December 2012


December 2012 Newsletter


In This Issue
Membership Renewal
NACDEP Board Elections
2013 PILD Conference
2013 CDS Conference
2013 NET Conference
Letter from the Editor
Letter from the President
2013 NACDEP Conference
NE Region Spotlight
Festival and Event Management
Committee & Region Updates
Needed: Facebook Heroes
From PAR

NACDEP annual membership expires on 12/31/2012.

A renewal invoice has been emailed to you.

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

 Polls close this Friday, December 14th at noon EST.

If you haven't yet cast your vote, it is time to vote for your 2013 Board of Directors. Directors will take office on May 1, 2013 with their term extending to the 2014 conference in Grand Rapids, MI on June
25, 2014.

Ballots were sent via email on November 14, 2012  


ALL members may vote for officer positions.

Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) 2013 Conference
April 21-24, 2013
Westin Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia

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

Mark Your Calendars:
Registration to open in late December

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


Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submissions:

February 15, 2013  

Click here to submit.

Submitted by Bo Beaulieu
Southern Rural Development Center

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

Conference Theme: Building Lasting Relationships

Call for Abstracts
Deadline for submissions:
March 1, 2013

Submitted by Steve Burr, Utah State University Extension

Letter from the Editor


Greetings, colleagues.   


The end of 2012 is fast approaching, and with it, our final newsletter of the year.  Let me encourage each one of you to reflect back on the year and what you have accomplished.  As you do so, spend a portion of that time thinking about NACDEP.  What did you learn by being part of the association this year?  What did you share with your colleagues that may have helped them?  What about your plans for 2013 - will you make a submission to the newsletter next year?  Do you plan on joining us in Pittsburgh?  However you answer these questions, as editor of the newsletter I want to wish you the very best of the holiday season and a successful and happy new year.


Thomas Blaine
Thomas W. Blaine, PhD
Associate Professor
Ohio State University Extension Community Development

Letter from the President
The holiday season is upon us and all of you have plenty of things to check off your To Do list before the end of the year. As such, I wanted to simply take a quick moment to encourage you to ENGAGE in NACDEP.

M. Wilcox
Michael D. Wilcox, Jr., PhD
Assistant Program Leader
Purdue Extension
Senior Associate
Purdue Center for Regional Development
(865) 696-2267


In just nine months time, the Galaxy IV conference will take place in Pittsburgh, PA. 

NACDEP at Galaxy will be the best of all possible worlds. There will be five break-out sessions hosted by NACDEP. These five sessions will feature topics of particular interest to those working in (or interested in) community development.  Also, there will be plenty of sessions which cover the wide range of topics found within Extension.

NACDEP members are encouraged to submit proposals for the concurrent sessions and poster presentations. These submissions will be evaluated by a NACDEP committee for consideration and placement on the general program.


There will also be tours, social events, and plenaries - everything that makes a conference a "must attend" event. Some of these will be on the Monday before the conference begins, so plan to arrive early.


Conference registration will begin in May and "early bird" registration will be $450 for the full conference. Hotel rooms will be in the $159-$179 range.

Keep up with the Newsletter and check your email box for more updates - or you can go directly to the source at the Galaxy IV webpage.

Submitted by Michael Dougherty, WVU Extension Service 




Submitted by Kelly Nix, West Virginia University

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development focuses on three inter-related subject areas that are priorities in the Northeast U.S.: Regional food systems and agricultural development; jobs and self-employment; and balanced use of natural resources. 


Submitted by Stephan Goetz, NERCRD

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development seeks applications from faculty and educators based at land grant universities in the Northeast U.S. to support the Center in carrying out its mission.  The successful applicant will remain at his or her home institution and enter into a professional services agreement with The Center and become a NERCRD Center Scholar for a period of up to two years. Applications due no later than midnight on December 14, 2012.


Community, Local and Regional Food Systems:  a new eXtension Community of Practice

The goal of this newest eXtension CoP is to provide resource materials, training opportunities and peer interaction for Extension Educators, community-based practitioners and individuals involved in work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems. We look forward to collaborating with you to build a strong, effective and useful community, and to creating tools, materials and processes that enhance the work we all do daily to build sustainable and just food systems.

You are invited to "join" this group by going to:, and clicking on the blue "Communities" tab. Then, on the right hand column list, click on "Community, Local and Regional Food Systems."

In October, 28 members of the new CLRFS CoP's National Leadership Team met in Pittsburgh. Click here for an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Submitted by Brian Raison, The Ohio State University 

Earn a Certificate in Festival and Event Management Online 

Well-managed festivals and events excite community pride, stimulate economic growth, and are always fun! To help festival and event organizers and volunteers run successful events, the University of Minnesota Tourism Center offers a Certificate in Festival and Event Management. This comprehensive, research-based course covers management systems, tools and applications that are relevant to community festivals and events.


For more information about Festival and Event Management, please visit the Tourism Center website ( or contact the Tourism Center at [email protected].

Submitted by Neil Linscheid,
University of Minnesota Extension


Communications Committee News

The Communications Committee met on November 6th.  Items under discussion included the RFP for a searchable database to be placed on the website, additional social communication tools that could be used and improvements to the website.  Julie Fox volunteered to work with the person who replied to the RFP to learn more of what can be done with a database. Rebekka Dudensing volunteered to work with PAR in some simple improvements to the website and to research adding Impact Statements similar to the other extension professional associations.  Susan Kelly and Dean Larkin will further explore a Facebook group for NACDEP. The newsletter is going very well and is being utilized by members.  More assistance is needed in posting to the current Facebook page.  The next meeting of the Communications Committee will be held in early February.

Submitted by Susan Kelly, Communications Chair
University of Florida Extension

Southern Region Update

The southern region would like to welcome two new members to NACDEP- Charkivia Lovett and Joann Smith Wissinger. Charkivia is a master's student in Higher Education at Florida International University where she is a graduate assistant in Multicultural Programs and Services. Joann serves as Jefferson County Extension Coordinator within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, working in economic and community development as well as 4-H and youth development. We are extremely happy to have Charkivia and Joann as NACDEP members.

Submitted by Stacey McCullough, Southern Regional Rep
University of Arkansas Extension

Wanted: NACDEP Facebook Heroes

Like us on Facebook
We need your expertise! Help us grow our Facebook presence by joining our social media team. It will take you less than 15 minutes a month, and it will help to raise NACDEP's profile across the cooperative extension system and contribute to building a shared resource knowledge

Here's how it works: Each month a 'theme' topic will be announced directly on our Facebook page. Some months the topics will be content-related: entrepreneurship, leadership, local government, etc. Other months the theme will be oriented more toward professional development: finding grants, group facilitation tips, or integrating technology into your work. If the selected topic is an area where you have an interest and some knowledge, we would ask that you commit to posting on our NACDEP Facebook page at least once per week (more is great!). These posts can include links to research, useful tips, photos of activities, poll questions, even links to related programs, tools, or curricula will help us spread the word. That's it.

So, will you help? If you are ready to help us out a good first step would be to "Like" our page at We are hoping for at least six 'posters' each month.

Oh, and if you don't volunteer ... we will come looking for you.

Questions? Email me at
[email protected]

Submitted by Mary Peabody, University of Vermont


Dear NACDEP members,

At PAR the holidays mean event-planning time for our staff. Many of our local associations hold holiday events and fundraisers. It's a fun and busy time of year for our account managers. Event planning means list making. At PAR list making has become a bit of an art form. As you plan for your holiday events, please feel free to use our checklist as a starting point.

As I reflect on the last year of our partnership with NACDEP, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to manage your association. NACDEP is a vibrant, growing association. You have much to be proud of. Look for exciting things to come in 2013 and beyond!

Please note that the PAR & NACDEP office will be closed from Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st.

A very happy holidays to you all!

Jen Schottke
Jen Schottke
Account Manager
Professional Administrative Resources

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