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. NACDEP does this by educating and recognizing Extension professionals who support successful diverse and equitable programs and expand resources to strengthen communities.

NACDEP is an organization of Extension professionals that connects, co-creates, and advocates for inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible community and economic development principles, programs, and activities 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