What started out as a casual conversation among friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the 2014 NACDEP Conference recently culminated with over 180 Community Development professionals gathering in Cleveland for the 2018 NACDEP Conference. The carefully planned and executed agenda allowed time for participants to enjoy Cleveland, renew old friendships, make new connections, and most importantly engage in an excellent agenda for personal and professional development.
The program included keynote sessions with thought- provoking speakers, concurrent session presentations by Community Development colleagues from Ohio and from across the nation, poster sessions filled with great ideas, mobile learning workshops which took place throughout Cleveland, and opportunities to informally connect with our friends and colleagues.
They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, I say it takes a complete team to create an exceptional conference. That team included my colleagues from Ohio State University Extension, Community Development. Many of them worked countless hours to ensure a first- rate experience for attendees. To them all, I say, “Thank you and job well done!”
To learn more about the conference held in Cleveland June 10-13, read the complete blog article.
|David Civittolo is the NACDEP President for 2018/19 and is an Associate Professor and Field Specialist on Community Economics for Ohio State University Extension.|