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The 2022 NACDEP Conference Scholarship application link
(https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_enu6DRkad99DdLo) is now open! Both non-members and new members (less than two years) of NACDEP who work for an 1890 or 1994 land-grant institution are invited to apply! Up to fifteen (15) scholarships will be awarded by May 6, 2022. Applications are being accepted on a first-come basis starting today on a rolling basis through April 29, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Please apply and encourage others who qualify to apply as well. For questions, please reach out to Scholarship Selection Chair, Joy Moten-Thomas, at [email protected].
Virtual Housing Forum:

Join the NACDEP Land Use Planning Community of Practice (CoP) to learn about Extension's contributions to address the national housing issue. The webinar will be on December 15th, 12:00-1:30 pm EST. Learn from a panel of Extension guest speakers about implemented programs and impacts. Participants will be engaged in breakouts to discuss the complexities of housing in their community and how it relates to their Extension programs and work. Register today: https://tinyurl.com/2ys5py2k
Congratulations to Exceed team members Hannah McClure and Sarah Low on their national award!

Hannah and Sarah, along with several University of Missouri Extension (MU Extension) employees, joined with seven other Universities to host Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities: Multi-state Showcase. This effort recently won the national award for Excellence in Teamwork from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).

Want to be part of creating entrepreneurial communities in Missouri? Join us in Hannibal, MO Sept. 29-30, 2021 for Missouri's first Creating Entrepreneurial Communities conference! Sign up for more information at www.tinyurl.com/CECUpdates.
We're so proud of the work of Wi******er Design Studio and Cynthiana Main Street on the Sidewalk Subway. NACDEP awarded the project with an innovation and creativity award at their online conference today!
Mapping 101 Certification!

Want to create & utilize maps to aid in your decision making? Our Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development experts have a course for you. Learn how to use QGIS for data & map design!

➡️ bit.ly/mapping101

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As you sip your morning cup of coffee, why not spend a half hour with us to freshen up your leadership skills? We're offering our free online Summer Leadership Refresher Series July 13-17 from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Each morning, we'll highlight a leadership topic and technology tool to renew your current leadership expertise. We hope you'll join us!

Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces: Creating Healthy Communities workshop at NACDEP complete! An excellent example of collaboration between Purdue Extension 's Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Extension, Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program, Purdue Extension-Agriculture & Natural Resources, Purdue Extension Community Development Program and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant! Learn more at: https://cdext.purdue.edu/signature-programs/quality-places/evps-health/
We were honored to share the campaign with community development professionals throughout the nation today! In partnership with Purdue Extension Community Development, we (virtually) presented at the NACDEP 2020 Conference about the innovative strategies being used in Perry County to retain and attract talent, foster entrepreneurship and diversify the economy. These slides in particular highlight the exciting growth that has taken place in recent years!
The LEAD New York Program - responsible for training professionals involved in the food, ag and natural resources sectors in leadership skill development, issues analysis, critical thinking and civic engagement - recently earned an Innovation and Creativity award from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). Congratulations!
Honor an Extension Colleague with a NACDEP Distinguished Career Award Nomination...a message from Bo Beaulieu, Purdue University.

When I was recognized with this award in 2016, I cannot begin to tell you how honored I was to have been nominated by my Extension colleagues and humbled by my selection by the NACDEP Recognition and Awards Committee. There are many members of our organization who deserve to be recognized for their path-breaking work during the course of their Extension community development careers.

BUT IT STARTS WITH YOU! Please review the requirements for this prestigious award, then take the steps needed to honor a deserving NACDEP colleague. Go to https://www.nacdep.net/awards.
Make 2020 our best NACDEP year. Here's how!
Tis the Season - 2020 NACDEP Awards Portal Officially Open! NACDEP’s Awards web page and nomination portals are ready to accept award applications. Go to www.nacdep.net/awards

From there you can download the 2020 Awards Descriptions & Application Link document. Avoid the NAUGHTY list by reading and paying close attention to the Application Procedures detailed on pages 1-2. You don’t have to shop in stores or online for this perfect gift.

Advocating community and economic development programming, while educating and recognizing Extension

Advocating community and economic development programming, while educating and recognizing Extension professionals.

09/29/2023

The NACDEP Land Use Community of Practice (CoP) is holding an on-line social on Oct. 9 at 2pm EDT... Save the Date! Register online at tinyurl.com/MR3TF4SW

NACDEP 2023 Conference Highlights 09/15/2023

Just a reminder to keep it fresh in your mind - NACDEP 2024 will be June 16-20, 2024 in Houston, TX!

How awesome is being a part of a NACDEP Conference? Here's the Highlight's reel from this year's conference to enjoy, reminisce or absorb to gain a feel of the connection and comradery 😃 For those who were able to attend in Coeur d'Alene, ID, it was an amazing time to connect and learn - and for those who were not able to attend, we missed you and hope we see you in Houston!

NACDEP 2023 Conference Highlights Highlight reel from our 2023 conference in Coeur d'Alene, ID.Special thanks to our University of Idaho videographers Savannah Martin and Healy Reinholt (chec...

08/28/2023

Looking for ways to Level Up your programming (in the getting noticed and gathering new resources way)... while possibly growing some network connections? Then you might be interested in presenting at some national cross-discipline Extension conferences!!!!

On that note, abstracts for ELC (Extension Leadership Conference) and PILD (Public Issues Leadership Conference) are due October 13.

Learn more at https://www.jcep.org/

08/21/2023

Looking forward to some learning experiences? Save the dates for the NACDEP Wednesday Webinars! More details on topics and presenters to come, so stay tuned!

07/17/2023

Looking for a new opportunity, or know someone you would love to bring into Extension? Check out the recent job opportunities posted to the NACDEP Job Opportunities Page:

https://www.nacdep.net/job-opportunities

Community Development - Community Development | Montana State University 07/14/2023

Montana State University Extension has reopened a CD Specialist position and has three county-based faculty positions that focus on CD as well.

The CD Specialist position has a screening date of August 21st.
https://lnkd.in/gNhvMvTZ . Please note, the teaching in this position is Extension teaching in communities, not undergrad or graduate classroom teaching.

The County-based Community Development positions can be found here:
Richland County https://lnkd.in/g5WRVGGb
Custer County https://lnkd.in/gp-7ijJt
Powell County https://lnkd.in/gUWSYmTc

Learn more about our current programming here: https://lnkd.in/gS-Svs9Q

Thank you for sharing with your networks!

Community Development - Community Development | Montana State University

NACDEP Wednesday Webinar: Courageous Conversations Around Race & Culture: Opening the Door - 3/15/23 06/16/2023

In case you missed it, The Wednesday Webinar "Courageous Conversations" was posted to the NACDEP YouTube channel:

NACDEP Wednesday Webinar: Courageous Conversations Around Race & Culture: Opening the Door - 3/15/23 Visit us at - http://www.nacdep.netIt's our Wednesday Webinar, this time we're joined by presenters Dawn Burton (PVAMU), Michelle Eley (NC A&T), and Kittrane...

NACDEP 2023 Conference Capnote Speaker: Nick Smoot 06/13/2023

Didn't have an opportunity to join the NACDEP Conference for 2023, but interested in the Capstone Speaker's (Nick Smoot) presentation? Look no further than the NACDEP YouTube Channel:

NACDEP 2023 Conference Capnote Speaker: Nick Smoot May 3, 2023 - Coeur d'Alene, ID NACDEP 2023 Conference"The Power of Nonsense: How nonsense can unleash human flourishing in communities and economies."Visit ...

NACDEP 2023 Conference Highlights 06/09/2023

Miss our conference in Coeur D'Alene? Here are some awesome highlights:

NACDEP 2023 Conference Highlights Highlight reel from our 2023 conference in Coeur d'Alene, ID.Special thanks to our University of Idaho videographers Savannah Martin and Healy Reinholt (chec...

01/10/2023

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and stay warm with your NACDEP awards application! Applications are due in just a couple of weeks!

https://www.nacdep.net/awards

01/09/2023

It's fast approaching! NACDEP New Year!!!!!

January 12 from Noon - 4PM EST and here is the registration link: https://forms.gle/LhW8RnxbpMQupmYh8

01/06/2023

Join us at NACDEP New Year to hear about last year’s award winners and how to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of this year’s awards! Application are due January 31.

https://www.nacdep.net/awards

01/02/2023
12/20/2022

Mark Your Calendars for NACDEP New Year!

January 12 from Noon - 4PM EST and here is the registration link: https://forms.gle/LhW8RnxbpMQupmYh8

12/15/2022

Mark Your Calendars!!!! NACDEP New Year!!!!

January 12 from Noon - 4PM EST and here is the registration link: https://forms.gle/LhW8RnxbpMQupmYh8

12/12/2022

Give your colleagues a holiday gift by nominating them for a NACDEP award. Applications are due January 31.

https://www.nacdep.net/awards

12/05/2022

Don’t procrastinate, NOMINATE yourself or a colleague for a NACDEP award. Applications are due January 31, but we’re accepting them NOW!

https://www.nacdep.net/awards

NACDEP 2023 RFP Details 12/02/2022

We hope that you are as eager as we are to share your work and learn from colleagues when we gather in person in Idaho for our 2023 NACDEP Conference. Please consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, workshop or poster. The subject areas of Community Development that the conference will focus on include economic development, diversity and inclusion, human capacity building, community resilience and sustainability, infrastructure, natural environment, and building capacity within government and organizations. Selected proposals are peer-reviewed by other NACDEP members, ensuring they are of high quality.

Follow the link to learn more, and share your work!

NACDEP 2023 RFP Details Request for ProposalsWe hope that you are as eager as we are to share your work and learn from colleagues when we gather in person in Idaho for our 2023 NACDEP Conference. Please consider submitting a proposal for a presentation, workshop or poster. The subject areas of Community Development that th...

2023 Conference Call for Proposals 12/01/2022

2023 Conference Call for Proposals for the Community Development Society Conference!

The Conference Working Groups are in motion and making terrific progress on the Call for Proposals, arrangements for plenary speakers, receptions, mobile workshops, and a schedule of registration fees that will afford discounts to students, AmeriCorps/VISTA members, and representatives from small grassroots groups to increase the diversity of participation in our Portland, Oregon conference, July 16-19, 2023.

We are excited to announce that the Call for Proposals is open now through January 9th, 2023. Reviews will begin on December 19th. Please submit your proposals early for highest consideration. Follow the link to learn more:

2023 Conference Call for Proposals The Conference Working Groups are in motion and making terrific progress on the Call for Proposals, arrangements for plenary speakers, receptions, mobile workshops, and a schedule of registration f…

11/30/2022

Dear NACDEP Members,

Just a quick Reminder that we set up a Double Good virtual fundraiser! The event starts tomorrow so, get your stores set up today. It’s 100% contactless, we keep 50% of the profit and the product ships directly to your supporters. We are hoping to Raise some money for Scholarships to the 2023 Conference

Here’s how it works:

We’ll each create a Pop-Up Store and sell Double Good ultra-premium popcorn to our friends family and other contacts. Prices for Signature Bags (5 cups each) start at $9, and Curated Collections at $26. The popcorn is delicious and award-winning!

Our fundraiser begins on November 29 and goes until December 03.

Before the fundraiser begins:
• Download the Double Good app
• Enter our Event Code (Check your email for the details on that :) )
• Create your Pop-Up Store

The Double Good app is available for free on iOS and Android.

Best of Luck! We will be giving away a secret prize to the person with the most sales.

Ricky’s Pop-Up Store 11/29/2022

I’d appreciate if you could share or support my Double Good fundraiser, Thanks!

Ricky’s Pop-Up Store Click here to buy ultra-premium popcorn and 50% of your purchase benefits this fundraiser.

11/28/2022

Mark your calendars - CRED Webinar: Success Stories from the Pandemic

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 3PM ET/ 2PM CT/ 1PM MT/ 12 PT

We are now far enough along in our recovery from COVID to reflect on things we did differently and did well during the pandemic. In this webinar, presenters for each region of the country will highlight successful programming efforts from their states, how they evaluated these programs, and what lessons they learned from these programs that they will build upon moving forward into the (hopefully) post-COVID future.

Register Here: https://msstateextension.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsfuqorzoqEtV8ypljwDErULj_yG-6hpgw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Presenters:
Nancy Ouedraogo, University of Illinois, Local Government Education program

Michael Gaffney, Washington State University, drive up wifi hotspots and their impacts

Tony Michael and Denis Scott., West Virginia University, DEI training for state government workers

Alison Davis, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Program

11/10/2022

Look familiar? Yes, this is a repost, not only for a reminder BUT because there is an important update! The session is eligible for 1.0 AICP CM or 1.0 AICP Equity credit!!!!

The Land Use Planning Community of Practice, a working group within the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), presents a professional development webinar entitled Connecting the History of Redlining to Contextualize Local Housing Policy Decisions, Wednesday, November 30, Noon-1pm Eastern.

Dr. Craig Carpenter will review the history and legacy of redlining as an important cause of present-day housing inequities. Despite this legacy, the policies and their lasting effects remain less well-known, and resultantly stakeholders are not making informed decisions. Dr. Carpenter will highlight a new resource - The History of Redlining in Michigan website - created to engage decision-makers in this history and help visualize the lasting effects in their community, tying present-day policy choices to whether they address the lasting effects of redlining. Finally, Dr. Carpenter will describe how others can create similar websites based on their state’s history of redlining. Policymakers in Michigan have been supportive of this work and its integration into housing and planning efforts.

Presenter: Dr. Craig Carpenter, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist - Community Economics. Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time: Noon-1pm Eastern; 11am-Noon Central; 10-11am Mountain; 9-10am Pacific

Registration: The webinar is free, though registration is required at: https://tinyurl.com/4FSYADXB

Eligible for 1.0 AICP CM or 1.0 AICP Equity credit - https://www.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9259858/

Sponsored by the Land Use Planning Community of Practice

11/07/2022

The Land Use Planning Community of Practice, a working group within the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), presents a professional development webinar entitled Connecting the History of Redlining to Contextualize Local Housing Policy Decisions, Wednesday, November 30, Noon-1pm Eastern.

Dr. Craig Carpenter will review the history and legacy of redlining as an important cause of present-day housing inequities. Despite this legacy, the policies and their lasting effects remain less well-known, and resultantly stakeholders are not making informed decisions. Dr. Carpenter will highlight a new resource - The History of Redlining in Michigan website https://www.canr.msu.edu/redlining/ - created to engage decision-makers in this history and help visualize the lasting effects in their community, tying present-day policy choices to whether they address the lasting effects of redlining. Finally, Dr. Carpenter will describe how others can create similar websites based on their state’s history of redlining. Policymakers in Michigan have been supportive of this work and its integration into housing and planning efforts.

Presenter: Dr. Craig Carpenter, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist - Community Economics. Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time: Noon-1pm Eastern; 11am-Noon Central; 10-11am Mountain; 9-10am Pacific

Registration: The webinar is free, though registration is required at: https://tinyurl.com/4FSYADXB

Sponsored by the Land Use Planning Community of Practice https://nacdep.memberclicks.net/land-use-cop

11/05/2022

Hello NACDEP members!

First, a quick THANK YOU to the 30+ members who attended our October Wednesday Webinar. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the rich conversation.

The next Wednesday Webinar is next week, on November 9th from 12-1 EST

Russ Garner, of the Southern Rural Development Center, will present on:

"An Assessment: Using the Community Capitals Framework in Understanding Community Needs in Agriculture and Food Systems."

In 2021, at the request of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the four Regional Rural Development Centers were charged with developing a national Listening Session Initiative with the goal of appraising stakeholder priorities related to the community, economic, and workforce development of rural communities in the U.S.

To gain a better understanding of stakeholder needs the team utilized the Community Capitals Framework. This presentation will explore the methodology and results of that effort, with a focus on the topic area of agriculture and food.

Don't miss out - check your inbox for connection information!

11/04/2022

Back by popular demand – NACDEP New Year!

Join us from 12:00 Noon – 4:00PM EST on January 12, 2023 for fun, information and great ideas to help you make NACDEP Resolutions for your best year ever!

We will feature award winning community development projects, tips for successful award submission, and information for participating in the upcoming conference in Idaho. There will also be time to engage with your regional and institution peeps as well as some important information gathering with the DEI committee. You can’t miss it!

Watch for registration and connection information in the next few weeks. - The NACDEP Marketing Committee

10/28/2022

The February 7-9 Extension Leadership Conference extended acceptance of conference presentations and posters through 11:59 PM Tuesday, November 1. This JCEP conference supports and challenges Extension professionals in their leadership development journey across all disciplines. Formats include 20 minute skill sessions, 45 minute training workshops, and posters. Check out the RFP at JCEP - 2023. https://lnkd.in/ehG5sdQi

09/28/2022

The NACDEP Member Services committee is excited to announce that we are bringing back the Wednesday Webinars. We will host two webinars in the Fall (October and November), two in the Spring (February and March) and two in the Summer (June and July). Each webinar will be an interactive presentation made by NACDEP members, with an opportunity to foster continuous fellowship and learning throughout the year.

******The first Wednesday Webinar is coming up in a few weeks. Mark your calendar for October 12th from 12 - 1 ET *****

Our OSU Extension team (Myra Moss, Nancy Bowen-Ellzey, Gwynn Stewart, Becky Nesbitt, Godwin Apaliya) will present on the following topic:

"Creating Entrepreneur Ecosystems: Ohio State University Extension Shares Building an Entrepreneur Friendly Community Curriculum."

Check your inbox for details on how to attend. If you have any troubles trying to find the information, or just have questions about the Wednesday Webinars, feel free to reach out to Nicole Breazeale ([email protected]) or Nicole Walker ([email protected])

08/08/2022

An interesting read from Michael Wilcox, NACDEP Member from Purdue - Learn about The Love Continuum, and How Love Will Keep us Together:

https://cdext.purdue.edu/love-will-keep-us-together/

08/05/2022

Not too soon to be thinking about your submissions for the Autumn NACDEP newsletter! Next issue will be in October...

07/23/2022

Our final feature on our NACDEP award winners!
Have something to celebrate? Let us know, we are happy to post here to inspire others!

2021 NACDEP Diversity Team Award Winner
Neighborhood Leadership Fellows

Claire Wolff Rippel & Dwayne T. James, University of Missouri Extension

Neighborhood Leadership Fellows is an advanced leadership training program developed by the University of Missouri Extension in partnership with University of Missouri - St. Louis and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Launched in 2018, the program was created as a response to the racial and geographic disparities reported on boards, commissions, and in other civic decision-making bodies. The primary geographic focus area is neighborhoods within the federally designated St. Louis Promise Zone due to the well-documented need for more targeted investment there.

NLF selects 25 Fellows every year for a 9-month opportunity to strengthen their leadership muscles and build ties among their cohort in order to collaboratively create long-term systemic change. With the knowledge of communication, conflict management, data analyzing, community organizing, power-mapping, and advocacy practices, participants gain skills and strength to step into roles of power in the community. By having a seat at the decision-making tables and the training to serve, Fellows are positioned to move systems to affect change around diversity and equity. Increased community-driven leadership from neighborhoods in the St. Louis Promise Zone footprint ultimately will lead to equitable policies that produce positive revitalization, reduced segregation, and improved quality of life for all.

Learn more at: http://cwc.umsl.edu/nlf/

07/21/2022

New Extension Job's available at Prairie View A&M University (Texas):

Liberty Co Extension Agent (Near Houston, TX):
https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PVAMU_External/job/Extension-Agent--CED--Liberty-County-_R-052020

Bexar Co Extension Agent (San Antonio, TX):
https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PVAMU_External/job/Extension-Agent--CED--Bexar-County-_R-052233

07/21/2022

Continuing to celebrate our award winners!

2021 NACDEP Excellence in Teamwork Award Winner

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities-A Multi-State Showcase

Andy Hayes, Kathy Jamieson, Parker Jones, Diane Longanbach, Andy Northrop, David Rowley, Andrea Bowman, Jodi Bruns, Carla Snyder, Joshua Hofer, Peggy Schlecter, Rani Bhattacharyya, Jennifer Hawkins, Ashley Bales, Michael Krauch, Sarah Low, Hannah McClure, Stephen Mukembo, Jackie Spainhower, Kurt Mantoya, Marilyn Schlake, Stephen Meno, and Jared Reynolds

The Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference is a dynamic coalition that educates on entrepreneurship systems development. The conference deepens attendee’s learning by embedding highly interactive educational sessions within innovative local businesses. This model has been implemented, or is being explored, by Michigan State, North Dakota State, Pennsylvania State, University of Missouri, South Dakota State, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska and New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

In 2020, each partner saw significant need for, but challenges to providing, CEC programming. To respond, the coalition collaborated to host a weeklong virtual conference in November 2020. The resulting CEC Multi-State Showcase reached over 300 individuals through 28 sessions that provided new ideas, skills and connections.
Attendees indicated that they could apply ideas or skills learned at the conference in their community (97%), that they made new connections who can help them bring conference practices to their community (92%) and that they would attend the program if it was offered again (100%). The Showcase demonstrated a means for leveraging multi-state programming to connect local conference attendees to best practices and peers at a regional, or national level.

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference: https://www.canr.msu.edu/cec/

07/19/2022

Celebrating more of our award winners from 2022:

2022 NACDEP Innovation and Creativity Team Winner and Creative Excellence Award Sponsored by JCEP

Building Capacity for Economic Development in Indian Country

Fawn Sampson, Jason Schlender, Dawn Newman, Xinyi Qian, Bruce Schwartau, Holli Arp, DeeDee LeMier, Rani Bhattacharyya, Jody Horntvedt, Lisa Hinz, Ryan Pesch, John Bennett, and Neil R. Linscheid

The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality received a matching grant from the United States Economic Development Administration to support economic development work with Tribal Nations in Minnesota from 2019-2021. We started by hiring new American Indian staff to work alongside our Educators who were ready to engage in new ways to broaden and deepen the way we connect to and work with Indigenous communities.

The work we accomplished during the grant period has changed how we approach our work and how we strive to center Indigenous values and people in the planning, design and delivery of programming. Several themes emerged that are important to our Center throughout the process and going forward. They include:

1. Developing relationships across cultures
2. Collaborating and developing networks
3. Providing education support and training to new audiences

Developing relationships across cultures: The emphasis on relationship building and placing Dakota and Ojibwe cultural values to the forefront of the work put the focus on us, as University staff, to better understand the context around community and economic development in and around Tribal Nations who share geography with Minnesota. Our early projects helped us find a niche and work to build trust in a variety of areas. The Minnesota Indigenous Leadership Network provided a platform for Indigenous communities to connect to the University. Hosting a variety of Open Conversations helped us develop visibility by providing an accessible and useful forum for people to connect to each other on challenges related to development. The podcast, Indigenized Connections on Air, focused on sharing the leadership journey of Tribal leaders across Minnesota and hear their views on the most pressing issues in economic development. These efforts and conversations initially opened doors to other possibilities and continue to do so.

Collaborating and developing networks: While this builds off the first theme it focuses more on understanding networks of which Tribes were a part. We explored the issues or challenges they wanted to address, made connections to other external networks and resources, and created working relationships that led to opportunities for future collaborations on programs and projects. The virtual conference Indigenizing Economic Growth: Facilitating Connections and Cooperation in Indian Country in Minnesota is a good example of how we approached this work. The work we did to build relationships with Tribes to better understand their approach to economic development introduced us to entrepreneurs, Tribal government support services, community leaders, Tribal colleges, 1994 Extension programs, and resources focused on economic growth. The conference itself was an opportunity to showcase some of the innovative enterprises being developed in Tribal communities, explore some of the challenges for development, and engage in extended conversations about what type of development is currently happening to explore possibilities for the future. It served as a way to reshape the discussion away from a deficit approach to an asset-based approach focused on exploring all the exciting opportunities underway in Indigenous communities across Minnesota. This was important for us as an institution to understand, but also an important key to shaping how we will continue to partner with Tribal Nations in Minnesota.

Providing education support and training to new audiences: The Open Conversations Program was a key educational focus that helped communities frame issues that affected them and explore ways to use that information to develop stronger networks and collaborative teams. The open conversations were a starting point for deeper work in and between Tribes and organizations across the state. We are currently creating educational programming with one of the casinos which is helping them address their workforce and leadership development issues and pave the way for employees to grow in place. Additionally, our developing relationships with the Tribal colleges and regional universities will help us connect resources to a development agenda through professional certificates and training.

Due to this intentional work, more than half of our educators are now engaged in communication, projects or programming in and around Tribal communities. We believe this is just the beginning of our shared programming which will strengthen and grow in the future.

Photos from WVSU Extension Service's post 07/15/2022

Congrats!

07/15/2022

We are going to do a series of posts to celebrate our NACDEP Award Winners! Celebrating success is important to morale and wellbeing!

Oh, the Places You Will Go with NACDEP!
From Susan A. Kelly, 2022 Distinguished Career Award Winner:

I never could have imagined, that finding a NACDEP flyer after doing a Google search for “community development extension”, would have changed the trajectory of my career in Extension. From serving NACDEP as a committee member, to committee chair, to regional representative, to conference co-chair and finally in the three Presidential positions, I have been able to learn the organizational roles and grow as a professional through that process.

During my career in Extension, I have always been an extension director with a community development appointment. To me, this work has been most satisfying because of the impact that can be made using community development strategies that I learned through study but also from my colleagues in NACDEP. To be able to see organizations form and strengthen, facilitate important community conversations, help entrepreneurs start small successful businesses has been a highlight of my career.

Now that I am Assistant Director of Extension, County Operations, at North Carolina State University, I hope to continue to influence others in understanding Community Development Extension work and how valuable it can be to our community partners. I believe that NACDEP should continue to work. to bring those county directors or others with part time CRD appointments into our family, as there are a large number of them who would greatly benefit from the professional development and networking NACDEP offers.

Receiving the Distinguished Career Award last month was the honor of my career and I sincerely thank all NACDEP members for the love and support I have received over the years. I look forward to going back to committee work and enjoying serving the best professional association in Extension!

07/11/2022

Check out this Community Vitality job opportunity at Purdue:

Purdue Extension is conducting a national search for a new Community Development Regional Extension Educator.

To learn more or apply, visit https://careers.purdue.edu/ and search by keyword 20731.

07/08/2022

Now that more formal photos are available, we wish additional Congratulations to Susan Kelly (right) for receiving NACDEP's 2022 Distinguished Career Award!

07/08/2022

Purdue seeking CD Regional Extension Educator!

Purdue Extension is conducting a national search for a new Community Development Regional Extension Educator.

To learn more or apply, visit https://careers.purdue.edu/ and search by keyword 20731.

National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals - Upcoming Webinars 07/07/2022

The National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development is pleased to announce the 2022 Virtual Summer School webinar series July 11-15, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central time.

Join each day as we explore the "Pipeline to Promotion" for understanding today's potential employees to engaging current employees in meaningful ways through capacity building and succession planning.

The information on speakers, topics and the unique daily registration links can be found on the NAEPSDP upcoming webinar page at this link! https://naepsdp.wildapricot.org/Upcoming-Webinars

National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals - Upcoming Webinars This daily webinar is co-sponsored by NAEPSDP and the Southern Region Program Leadership Network's Program and Staff Development Committee.  This year's theme is "Pipeline to Promotion" and will focus on the  spectrum of things related to hiring through succession planning, giving thought to motiv...

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The River Worship Center and Blairsville Church of God The River Worship Center and Blairsville Church of God
110 Church Of God Drive
Blairsville, 30512

Our faith community is Pentecostal in tradition...we believe the Power of the Holy Spirit is present

Thanksgiving Blessings Dinner - Union County Ga Thanksgiving Blessings Dinner - Union County Ga
Blairsville, 30512

Thanksgiving Blessings Dinner is a light of hope to for Union County's In Need.

Appalachian Shrine Club Appalachian Shrine Club
68 Industrial Boulevard
Blairsville, 30512

A club of Master Masons that belong to the Yaarab Temple.

PAWS Working Dog Support Network Inc. PAWS Working Dog Support Network Inc.
Blairsville, 30512

PAWS Working Dog Support Network Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides training and

Safe Pet Project Safe Pet Project
P. O. Box 1553
Blairsville, 30514

“The mission of SAFE PET PROJECT is to build a more humane community for domesticated animals by p

Safe Pet Project Thrift Store Safe Pet Project Thrift Store
307 Cleveland Street, Unit O
Blairsville, 30512

All the proceeds of Safe Pet Project Thrift Store help the animals in our community.

Positive Pathways Positive Pathways
Hunt Martin Street
Blairsville, 30512

Peer Support Specialists and counselors are here to support you along your journey ❤️

CVMA GA 25-3 CVMA GA 25-3
Blairsville

We operate and serve Veterans out of the North Georgia area.