Mission & Vision

NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

Advocating community and economic development programming, while educating and recognizing Extension professionals who develop successful programs and expand resources to strengthen communities.

 Values:    What is Community Development?

  • Economic and Business Development
  • Leadership Development and Civic Engagement
  • Local Government/Nonprofits and Public Decision Making
  • Land Use Planning and Housing
  • Tourism, Arts, and Creative Placemaking
  • Core Skills: Facilitation, Inclusion, Collaboration, Analysis, Evaluation, and Planning
  • Integrative work on emerging issues across Extension:
    • Environment and climate change
    • Local food systems
    • Public health and poverty