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

The NACDEP conference is just 45 days away! I'd like to share a bit of information for those attending, and encourage those still thinking about it to register!  

Your Conference Planning Team is working hard to ensure that you find value and fun in attending.  Check out the NACDEP website for updated conference schedule of presentations and agenda. 
In keeping with our theme we have integrated several new ideas. 

1) Resource Table.  Would you like to share information about a book, curriculum or program?  We will have a resource sharing table at the Poster Session available FREE on a first-come basis. Please bring a small supply of fliers or brochures to share. 

2) We are incorporating sustainable practices into the conference whenever possible.  (see sidebar for some of these actions)

3) Bring a Bag.  A fun, sustainable practice this year is the
 "bag exchange."  We ask you to bring a bag and exchange it for one to use during the conference. We all get many bags collected at conferences, etc  Perhaps you prefer a backpack style, or a messenger bag.  How about one you can use for groceries? Bring a bag and exchange it for one you will use during and after the conference!

4) Partner's Day.  Modeling our conference theme, we have designated Wednesday, April 14 as Partner's Day.  We are extending a special rate for the day to our community-based, non-Extension partners to encourage them to attend, learn and connect with Extension to build bridges for sustainable communities!  Why not invite your community partners to attend?  Use the invitation on the NACDEP website.
                (Sorry, this rate is not available to NACDEP members)
The 2010 conference promises to be a valuable educational experience.  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 - pre-registration required)
             1.  Social Capital in the Capitol City  (sold out)
             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 & Business Session
 2:00 - 3:00            Concurrent Sessions
 3:30 - 4:30            Regional Meetings
 5:00 - 6:00            Reception
 Evening free - Dine Around option (sign up at registration desk)

Wednesday, April 14
7:00 - 8:00             Breakfast
8:00 - 12:00           Concurrent Sessions
11:30 - 1:00           Lunch & Keynote Speaker 
1:00 - 1:30             Dollar Auction
1:30 - 3:00             Concurrent Sessions
 3:30 - 4:30            Awards
Conference ends at 4:30pm
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 the possibilities!
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
Have you booked your room?

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

  Book by March 19 to ensure this rate!

The Holiday Inn & Suites Minneapolis Airport 
Use group code NCA for the NACDEP rates!
Arrival Information

Flying into MSP?  Hotel shuttles depart from the ground transportation atrium reached via Level T. Click here for information and map.

Driving?  Click here for directions.  Parking is free at hotel.
3rd Annual
Dollar Auction

During lunch on Wednesday April 14.
Popular and Fun!

Members are encouraged to donate fun and unique items for this event.

If you wish to donate an item, please notify Michelle Eley by email,  at
stating the name of the item and its approximate value.

Proceeds support the NACDEP Professional Development Fund
Volunteers Needed!
Several committees are seeking volunteers to help with things like the Dollar Auction and Proceedings.

If you'd like to help, please contact
Cynthia Messer at

Mobile  Workshops

A few spaces are still available.  Register today!
Sustainable Practices

  • Electronic marketing
  • Electronic registration
  • Encouraging public transport
  • Using local foods & vendors when possible
  • Using bulk beverages and condiments
  • Using china and glass instead of disposables
  • Bag exchange
  • Using recycled paper for program
  • Electronic proceedings
Cynthia Messer
 Conference Co-chair
 University of Minnesota Tourism Center