News December 2015


NACDEP Newsletter December 2015 Edition

In This Issue...

  1. President's Letter

  2. JCEP Leadership Conference

  3. NIFA Update

  4. NACDEP Awards

  5. Marketing Update

  6. Call for Abstracts (BRE)

  7. Job Announcement

2016 Annual Conference Proposals Reminder

Submitted by Josh Clements
2016 Annual Conference Co-Chair

You are holding June 26-29, 2016 to join your NACDEP & ANREP colleagues in Vermont, yes!? Have you reserved your hotel room? Burlington is awfully green and vibrant in the summer… 

Many of your friends and colleagues from across the country have submitted session proposals covering a wide variety of topics- from tourism to water quality, economic analysis to forestry. We’re looking to hear from YOU! Set some time aside this week to finish writing a proposal highlighting the great work you’re doing.

Session proposals are due on December 18th and there are many session format options. All materials will be submitted via an online form. For more information, please visit or click here to submit your proposal.

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Joshua Clements ([email protected]) (715) 581-7306) or Mary Sisock ([email protected])
(802) 656-1721.

Job Announcement

Community Development Extension Field Specialist I, Extension Service, South Dakota State University.

SDSU Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Community Development Extension Field Specialist. We are looking for an individual to join us in growing and building our regional extension center located in Aberdeen, SD, by successfully engaging the public and bridging research to practice. Minimum requirements: Master’s Degree in Community Development, Sociology, or other closely related field by start date;  documented experience in community development practice; demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational and community development programs; demonstrated experience in working with entrepreneurs and supporting businesses; demonstrated experience in leading programs that effectively involve people from different cultural, racial and/or ethnic backgrounds; demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs; demonstrated experience in developing entrepreneurs and supporting businesses; and valid South Dakota driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.  Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Full consideration given to applications received by January 15, 2016.  For more information on the position, contact Kenny Sherin at (605) 995-7378 or [email protected].  To apply, visit, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process.  For questions on the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128.  SDSU is an AA/EEO employer.


Hello Colleagues:

Greetings and welcome to the final NACDEP newsletter of 2016.  It has been a great year for the organization. I wanted to again remind the readership about basic editorial policy of the newsletter. We publish four regular issues a year: March, June, September and December. I usually send out a call for submissions in the latter part of the month prior to publication: February, May, August and November. The precise dates I send out the call varies, partly because there are holidays that fall about those times (e.g. Memorial Day, Thanksgiving).  Conference dates can have an affect also.  But I try to send out the call between the 22nd and the 26th of the month prior to publication. I like to give a week plus for the submissions to be due, which means they will typically be due about the 1st to the 6th of the month of publication.
Publication is usually about one week after the submission deadline.  We also occasionally run special issues of the newsletter like we did last July promoting the 2016 Conference in Vermont.  Typically, Ricky Atkins, the President and I edit submissions, mostly for copy editing kinds of things - we really do not want to change the content of submissions.  But everyone makes mistakes and typos and so we really do need that time to ensure a newsletter that meets NACDEP standards.

In the past we ran regional spotlights, highlighting a particular region in each issue.  Recently, regions have been publishing their own newsletters and this has caused something of a change in the national newsletter.  The communications committee will be taking up the issue of whether we return to a regional spotlight in the future, but for now I want to say that it is extremely important that we get submissions from the regional reps.  We are a national organization and communication across regional lines is a very effective way for everyone to profit from the work and programs that others are doing.  So I am asking regional reps not to be too shy about submitting something to the national newsletter that is also appearing in their regional newsletters.  

We also want to hear from committee chairs.  Tell us about the issues you are facing and feel free to describe the solutions you are considering to problems that arise.  The newsletter is also a great resource if your committee needs input or assistance from the membership.  The same thing goes for board members.

The current issue is absolutely loaded with information about what is upcoming in 2016, everything from the Conference in Vermont to NIFA, to an upcoming special issue of the Journal of the Community Development Society on B R&E, an important job opportunity announcement, and much more from our President, Stacey McCullough.  Happy reading - and happy holidays!

Thomas W. Blaine, PhD

Newsletter Editor

President's Letter

As the year 2015 winds down, things are moving full steam ahead with NACDEP!

Elections for 2016-2017 Board of Directors are now being held. Vote today if you haven’t already done so.

I’m also pleased to announce a new member of our leadership team, Peggy Schlechter. Peggy is the new Chair for the Member Services Committee. I’d like to express my gratitude to all of NACDEP’s committee chairs. It’s a pleasure for me to work with such an outstanding group of professionals.

Preparations for the 2016 NACDEP Conference with ANREP in Burlington, Vermont and the 2017 Conference with CDS in Big Sky, Montana are well underway. Don’t miss the December 18 deadline to submit your proposal for the 2016 Conference. In addition, proposals are currently being accepted to host the 2018 NACDEP Conference, which is scheduled to be held in the North Central Region.

Your 2015-2016 Board of Directors held its annual fall retreat in Burlington in September. In addition to checking out the 2016 Conference facilities, we had strategic discussions involving:

  • a development campaign to address long-term budgetary and fiscal needs and ensure a successful future,
  • an annual report and evaluation strategies to show value to members and potential members,
  • webinars that focus on innovation,
  • exploring mechanisms for supporting issue teams (eg., arts, tourism, etc.), and
  • research concerning the current state of community and economic development within and outside of Extension.

We also voted to recognize a fifth state chapter, the Kansas Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (KACDEP), into the NACDEP family.

It’s hard to believe my term as your President is half-way over. It’s a privilege for me to call you my colleagues and friends. Once again, I’ll issue my challenge to you. “Are you maximizing your investment in NACDEP. Are you “giving” and “taking” everything you can?” Voting, committee service, and presenting at conference are just a few of the ways you can become engaged in NACDEP. I encourage you to consider your current circumstance and connect to NACDEP in a meaningful way. If there’s anything I can do to support you in this process, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or email.

Cheers to each of you in this holiday season!

Stacey McCullough


More Items from the President...

NACDEP Election Polls Close December 17

If you haven't yet cast your vote, it’s time to vote for your 2016-17 Board of Directors. Directors will take office during our annual conference in Burlington, Vermont on June 27, 2016 with their term extending to the  conference in Big Sky Montana in June 2017. Ballots were sent to Active Members via email on December 1, 2015. Active members include Extension employees who paid NACDEP dues for 2015. You will need to log into the members-only section of NACDEP’s website to vote.  If you didn’t receive your ballot or aren’t sure how to log in, please contact Ricky Atkins, NACDEP’s Association Manager ([email protected]; (561) 477-8100)


Peggy Schlechter Appointed as Member Services Committee Chair

Please join us welcoming Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University Extension Community Development Field Specialist, as Chair of the Member Services Committee. Thank you, Peggy, for assuming this very important leadership role!


Proposals to Host 2018 NACDEP Conference Being Accepted Until Jan. 31

Each year, NACDEP reaches out to a region (based on our historic rotation) to seek applicants for the opportunity to host our national conference. Our 2018 NACDEP Annual Conference will be held in the Northcentral Region. Applications to host are currently being accepted. For details on how to apply, visit the NACDEP News section of our website at


NACDEP Welcomes KACDEP as our Newest State Chapter

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the Kansas Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (KACDEP) as a NACDEP State Chapter. The Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve KACDEP acceptance at our September Board Retreat. Current KACDEP officers include Jennifer Wilson (Chair), Bruce Chladny (Chair Elect) and Jan Steen (Secretary/Treasurer).

Kansas joins Montana, Missouri, Wyoming and Indiana as states with local NACDEP chapters. NACDEP seeks to develop strong working relationships with state and regional associations of Extension professionals who share similar organizational goals. Contact your regional representative if you are interested in joining the NACDEP state/local chapter family.

2016 JCEP Leadership Conference to be held Feb. 10-11

The 2016 Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) Leadership Development conference is around the corner. The conference will be held  February 10-11 at the Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Our theme for the conference is Leadership Across Generations.

Jones Loflin will be the conference keynote speaker—a frequent presenter to Extension-related organizations on the local, state and national level. Based on comments from groups he has spoken to in the past, be ready for a highly energized, practical, warm and friendly presentation that will be beneficial to all in attendance. 

Twenty outstanding presentations have been selected for the three conference tracks – Leadership Fundamentals, Leading the Intergenerational Organization, and Leadership Development for Extension Professionals.

As a special treat for NACDEP members, we’ve teamed up with ANREP and NAEPSDP to offer a mobile workshop while other attendees are in association meetings. Join us for a visit to the Wash, an urban river created by Las Vegas.  The city results in roughly 150 million gallons of urban runoff, reclaimed water, and shallow groundwater flow per day.  This water is directed to the Wash, where the wetlands vegetation helps to remove contaminants.  From there, the water flows to Lake Meade, where it again becomes part of the water supply for Las Vegas.  The mobile workshop will include a private tour of the nature center at the wetlands park, as well as on opportunity to visit the wetland park trails.

For more information and to register for the JCEP leadership conference, visit

NIFA Update

Submitted by: Brent Elrod
National Program Leader – Community & Rural Development
[email protected]

Season’s Greetings from USDA NIFA.  As the calendar turns to 2016, we’d like to provide NACDEP members with a few reminders about how you can stay informed and alert to news and funding opportunities through your federal partner.

I.        NIFA Updates (

II.      NIFA Budgets and 2014-18 Farm Bill Updates:

  • Total enacted discretionary & mandatory FY15 Appropriations: $1,435,007,000
  • President’s proposed FY16 total discretionary & mandatory funding: $1,687,543,000

  • 2014-18 Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) Updates:

    • Centers of Excellence (Sec. 7214 of Farm Bill) This new provision states that NIFA shall prioritize centers of excellence established for purposes of carrying out research, extension, and education activities relating to the food and agricultural sciences (as defined in section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3103)) for the receipt of funding for any competitive research or extension program administered by NIFA

    • Commodity Boards Provision The 2014 Farm Bill (Section 7404) requires USDA to establish procedures and a timeline under which federal or state commodity boards can propose topics for funding under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Requests for Applications (RFAs). This new provision is implemented in 2016 for AFRI programs. Commodity boards can provide matching funds to AFRI programs ($150K to $2.5M). The commodity board priorities will be incorporated into AFRI RFAs and will be released soon after.
III.     NIFA Family & Consumer Sciences Programs focus on enhancing family well-being and community vitality by addressing the human and community dimensions of NIFA’s food and agricultural sciences through scientific research and its application; strategic partnerships; extension education; and preparation of the next generation of Family & Consumer Sciences researchers, educators, policy makers, and practitioners.

 IV.    Grant Programs Administered by DFCS 
  • AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities Agriculture (Extension)
  • Extension Risk Management Education Partnerships (ERME)
  • Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
  • Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Program (FBMB)
  • New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) Program
  • Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs)
  • Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE)
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR 8.6) Rural Development
  • Smith Lever Special Needs Competitive Grant Program
  • State Energy Extension Partnership (SEEP)
  • Youth Farm Safety Education Certification (YFSEC)
  • Interagency Agreement Programs with: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, Food Safety Inspection Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development, HHS SAMHSA, HUD, Department of Defense, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard

V.      AFRI Competitive Programs 

In FY 2016 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is implementing commodity boards’ provision. The RFAs will be released after reviewing and incorporating Commodity board requests.            ( request-applications )

AFRI Foundational Programs do not change significantly from year to year. Hence it can be useful to see the last year RFAs if you are planning on submitting a proposal. Most of the foundational programs are not integrated and may not support some activities.

AFRI Challenge area priorities change from year to year. Please check the NIFA website for updates:

  • Food Security Challenge: To be announced
  • Food Safety Challenge: To be announced
    • Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (provides fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences)
    • Climate Change Challenge Area: To be announced
    • Water Program Challenge: To be announced
    • Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge: To be announced

VI.         Other competitive grant programs with opportunities for Community & Economic Development include:
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program
  • Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program
  • Mandatory programs authorized in the 2014-2018 Farm Bill
  • National Needs Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Multicultural Scholars Grants Program
  • AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
  • Higher Education Challenge Grants Program
  • Secondary-Post Secondary Ag in the K-12 Classroom Grants Program
  • Women and Minorities in STEM
  • Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture Capacity Building Grants Program
  • 1890 Institutions Teaching, Research, and Extension Capacity Building Grants Program
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions Grants Program
  • Residential Instruction in Agriculture
  • Distance Education Grants Program
  • Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian
  • Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR)
VII.        Stakeholder Input relating to any NIFA program is welcome at any time. Comments should be directed to the National Program Leader responsible for the specific program(s). Contact information for NPLs is located towards the end of each grant program’s informational webpage.


VIII.       Data Gateway-NIFA is committed to increasing transparency and making technical advancements to ensure that data is easily accessible. Currently the Data Gateway provides the ability to filter and export data; soon the Agency will upgrade it to provide the capacity to easily share data, among other refinements.

Share Your Science - Partner with NIFA to highlight your discoveries and accomplishments.NIFA’s Share Your Science campaign is designed to highlight research outcomes and accomplishments on a national level.

Division of Family & Consumer Sciences Staffing:

Caroline Crocoll, Director-DFCS ([email protected] )

Brent Elrod, National Program Leader-Community & Rural Development ([email protected])

Beverly Samuel, National Program Leader-Housing and Environmental Health ([email protected])

Aida Balsano, National Program Leader-FCS Research and Evaluation ([email protected])

Ahlishia Shipley, National Program Leader-Family & Community Development ([email protected])

Susan Shockey, National Program Leader-Family/Consumer Economics ([email protected])

Sylvia Montgomery, Program Specialist-Adult Development & Aging ([email protected])

Georgette Ashton, Supervisory Program Assistant ([email protected])

Shaniqua Briggs-Dubose, Program Assistant ([email protected])

Suzette McCreary, Program Assistant ([email protected])

I’eisha Williams, Student Intern ([email protected])


Submitted by: Michael Dougherty, NACDEP Recognition Committee Chair ([email protected])

Just a reminder that the call for 2015 NACDEP Awards will be going out around the first of the year. 

The award categories will be the same as last year.

  • Diversity (individual and team)
  • Educational Technology (individual and team)
  • Excellence in Community Development (individual and team)
  • Cross Program (individual and team)
  • Educational Materials (individuals and team)
  • Innovation and Creativity (individual and team)
  • Excellence in Team Work (team only)
  • Distinguished National Service (individual only)
  • Distinguished Career (individual only)

The process will be slightly different though as the application process will be moving to an on-line form. This should make it even easier to nominate a worthy individual or team for recognition and honors by the association.

So watch for an email blast soon after the holidays with all the details.


NACDEP Marketing Update

Let us know what programs exemplify Extension CD at its best!

Last year the marketing committee crafted a vision statement and values for the association, both of which were approved by the board and can be found online at The association’s vision is:

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

Our collective values, the key elements that describe our work, are:

  • 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

Now we are working to more precisely answer the question: What is community development? Or at least what is Extension community development? We’ve been challenged to define community development by example. We want to showcase the work of Extension community development professionals and NACDEP members in particular.

We need help identifying those good examples. Please email Rebekka Dudensing at [email protected] to recommend a strong program in one or more of the value areas above. Please include the name of the program, the state, a contact name, and, if possible, a web address. Self-nominations are welcome!

Call for Abstracts Business Retention & Expansion
Special Issue of Community Development
(Journal of the Community Development Society)

Guest Editors:

Michael Darger, University of Minnesota Extension
Alan Barefield, Mississippi State University
Brent Hales, University of Minnesota Extension

Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) has existed as a central activity and priority for economic development practitioners for more than a generation. A wide variety of public and private organizations in communities, regions and states/ provinces in North America and beyond have incorporated BRE programming into their community economic development programs. A 2009 national survey found that 62% of cities and counties were doing BRE surveys with their businesses and 82% were partnering with chambers of commerce or others on BRE (N=709)1. Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) has existed as a BRE-specific association for over 20 years in order to promote best practices and build capacity through quality educational opportunities. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) also offers BRE training and finds that “business retention programs have become the most popular economic development efforts of communities nation-wide”. i There is an opportunity to explore the collective impact of BRE and share what has been learned about this important component of community economic development.

Despite its emergence as a pre-eminent concern for community development practitioners, relatively little has been published in recent literature. What innovation is happening in BRE visitation programs? How do other data gathering methods contribute to economic developers’ understanding of the businesses and economics in their sphere of influence? What are the results at the community, regional and state/provincial levels? How does BRE intersect with economic development techniques and strategies?

Seeking to build on advances in community economic development strategies, we are soliciting abstracts for papers to be published in a special issue of Community Development in 2017. The intent of this special issue is to provide a collection of high quality articles on various aspects of using this approach to inform and induce economic development with a goal of helping readers to learn about innovative procedures and approaches in conducting a BRE process. While BRE might be regarded as relatively mature with regard to a developmental continuum, both scholars and practitioners can make significant contributions to the literature by sharing research and practices from case studies, process evaluations, larger scale studies, and analysis of benchmarked data time series.

Submission of topics and abstracts is open and topics of special interest include, but are not

limited to:

  • Intersection between BRE and other economic development strategies: entrepreneurship, business recruitment, technology-intensive, creative economy, etc.
  • Public policy implications of BRE from local to state/provincial scale
  • Measuring BRE results: metrics and methods
  • Case studies of BRE results over time
  • Benchmarking BRE data for trends and program development.
  • Implications of face-to-face visitation vs. other primary data collection methods like focus groups, electronic surveying, mixed methods, and other techniques
  • Accomplishing relationship building with businesses
  • Quality data collection while using technology: considerations and tradeoffs
  • Innovations and evolution in data collection from secondary sources
  • Moving from BRE data analysis to systemic action
  • Building broad-based partnerships for BRE
  • The process of BRE in its various forms (volunteer visitor, continuous, electronic survey, etc.). What are the implications for urban, suburban, rural, regional, and state/provincial BRE programs
  • Using volunteer visitors vs. professional economic developers for BRE program implementation
  • BRE training and capacity building for economic development professionals, board members and volunteer participants
  • Retaining baby boomer businesses in communities as the boomers transition to retirement

The abstracts should be written for both practitioners and academics and provide generalizable results that can contribute to the body of knowledge on Business Retention and Expansion rather than, for example, only reporting a case study. However local experiences can document the findings or test the results. The final accepted papers will be written in a professional style including literature review, documented outcomes and references. The emphasis should focus on the manner in which the BRE effort was applied, essential ingredients in success, what has been learned from the process, and outcomes and impacts achieved.

Those interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an abstract, not longer than 500 words, outlining the topics addressed, organization and/or methodologies used, and how the paper will contribute to the BRE topic to: Michael Darger ([email protected]) by January 29, 2016.

When submitting, include BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION ABSTRACT in the memo subject line. Authors will be notified by March 1, 2016 regarding invitations to prepare a full paper.

Final paper submission will be expected by July 15, 2016 using standard Community Development format requirements. Papers will be submitted through the usual refereeing process. It is expected that an economic development topic will be offered in the 2016 Community Development Society (CDS) International Association of Community Development (IACD) conference and authors are encouraged to submit their paper to the conference call for presentations as well. However, conference submission is not required. An invitation to prepare a full paper for the Journal does not imply invitation to a presentation opportunity at the conference, nor vice versa. However, both the Journal and the CDS IACD conference are excellent opportunities to advance knowledge on BRE .

1 Warner, Mildred and Zheng, Lingwen (2011). Economic Development Strategies for Recessionary Times: Survey Results from 2009. ICMA Municipal Year Book 2011 (Washington, D.C.: ICMA, 2011), 33-42.

Updated: November 11, 2015

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