NACDEP 2010 Conference
Building Bridges for Sustainable Communities
April 12-14, 2010
 Bloomington, MN  (the Twin Cities)
Building Bridges for Sustainable Communities

It is hard to believe that the NACDEP conference is just 4 months away.  Have you registered yet?  Take advantage of the Double Early-bird Registration rates which end on January 12. 
The 2010 conference promises to be an exciting and highly educational time.  You'll have the opportunity to learn about new programs and training techniques; as well as build your own skills and knowledge with valuable workshops, seminars and poster sessions.  Network with Extension colleagues from across the country, and use the time to build bridges and develop opportunities for collaboration.  
Your Conference Planning Team is working hard on the arrangements to ensure that you find value and fun in attending, so register today and plan to be there. 
We look forward to welcoming you to Minnesota!
Cynthia Messer
Minnesota Conference Co-Chair
Conference Agenda  (tentative)
Monday, April 12
9:00 - 5:00     Registration Desk Open
10:00 - 4:00   Pre-conference  workshops 
                (optional - registration required)
             1.  Social Capital in the Capitol City
             2.  Wine and History in a River City
             3.  Evaluation Bootcamp
4:00 - 4:30           New Member orientation
4:30 - 7:00            Poster Session and reception
Evening free

Tuesday, April 13
7:00 - 8:00            Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00            Opening Session
9:00 - 12:00          Concurrent Sessions
12:30 - 2:00          Lunch & Dollar Auction
2:00 - 6:00            Concurrent Sessions
6:00-7:00              Reception
Evening free - Dine Around option

Wednesday, April 14
7:00 - 8:00            Breakfast
8:00 - 12:00          Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:30          Lunch and Business meeting
1:30 - 5:00            Concurrent Sessions & Awards
Conference ends at 5:00pm
Conference Venue          
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN is a part of the Minneapolis/St Paul metropolitan area.  Located just 5 minutes from the MSP airport, Bloomington is home to the Mall of America.  Enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment options both in Bloomington and across the metro. The Hiawatha Light Rail line stops just outside the hotel, and offers efficient transportation to downtown Minneapolis.  See a show, take in a Twins game, or head to downtown St Paul to visit attractions like the Science Museum, the state capitol or the Minnesota History Center. Use the links on the NACDEP page to explore ideas!
Why not spend a couple of extra days to Explore Minnesota and all we have to offer!  From the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the beauty of the plains, Minnesota has lots to see and do.
Photo ŠExplore Minnesota Tourism
Hotel Rates!

We have negotiated a great hotel rate of just $116 daily single or double. 

and wi-fi is free! 


Book your room today at
The Holiday Inn & SuitesMinneapolis Airport      Use group code NAC for the NACDEP rates!  

Mobile  Workshops

On Monday April 12 see community development efforts in Minnesota. Your Minnesota host educators have put together three exciting optional learning experiences for you!
These workshops have limited space, so register today!
1. Social Capital in the Capitol City
Visit St. Paul, Minnesota's state capitol, and learn more about social capital, "the glue that holds communities together". We'll showcase the important role of leadership cohort programs in building relationships with state legislators, community-building success stories in a changing urban neighborhood, and the importance of this place in history. 
 2.  Wine & History in a River City
Visit the city of Stillwater, MN, a vibrant lumbering industry hub in the city's early days, now a national historic downtown and part of a national scenic riverway with a growing wine culture. Hear from local leaders and development professionals about what it means to be labeled a "tourism" community, dealing with issues including downtown vs. suburban strip mall development and historic preservation vs. modern housing development, and the challenges of highway and bridge construction.
3.   Evaluation Bootcamp
A practical workshop in which you develop an evaluation plan for one or more of your own programs.   You will actually create or revise a logic model for a specific program; then identify evaluation research questions and the research design and data collection strategies that best answer these questions.
Cynthia Messer
 Conference Co-chair
 University of Minnesota Tourism Center