Past Conferences


What Works III and National Value-Added Joint Conference in Baltimore, MD. May 13-15, 2014. Presentation files are available here.


Community Development Academy, March 26-30, 2012.


Community Development Academy, September 19-23, 2011, in St. Louis, MO.

What Works II, The Future of Entrepreneurship and Community Development was held September 18-20, 2011, in Philadelphia, PA.

The Unite For Sight Global Health & Innovation 2011 Conference, April 16-17, 2011, at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Foundations of Practice Training, January 26 - March 16, 2011.

NACDEP 2011,was held March 7-9, 2011, in Charleston, SC.

Highlights 2010-2011 Webinar Series, held September 2010 - May 2011.


Foundations of Practice Training, October 8 - November 19, 2010.

It Takes a Region 2010: A conference to build our Northeast food system, November 12-13, 2010, in Albany, NY.

2010 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference, April 26-28, 2010, in Arlington, VA.

NACDEP 2010, "Building Bridges to Sustainable Communities," April 12-14, 2010, in Bloomington, MN.


The 3rd Annual International Advanced Technology Food and Agriculture Conference, "Investigating Specialty Crops Challenges and Solutions," December 3-4, 2009, in Rochester, NY

"It Takes a Region: A Working Conference to Build the Northeast Food System,"  November 13-14, 2009, in Albany, NY

 "Enhancing Local Food Systems: Exploring the Science, What Works, and What we Need to Learn,"  May 19-20, 2009, at the Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, NY

NACDEP 2009, "Creating Sustainable Communities in a Changing America," April 20-22, 2009, in San Diego, CA.


"Making Cents International," Global Youth Enterprise Conference September 15-16, 2008 in Washington, DC.

Galaxy III, "Celebrating the Extension System: Strengths, Diversity and Unique Qualities,"  Indianapolis, IN, September 15-19, 2008

The First Annual " Land Grant Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium (Land Grant YES)" June 4-6, 2008 at the Days Inn Penn State, State College, PA.

SARE's 20th Anniversary Conference, "The New American Farm: Advancing the frontier of sustainable agriculture,"  March 25-27, 2008 at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.


The 2007 NASULGC Annual Meeting, "A Proud Legacy of 120 Years: Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future," will be held November 11-13, 2007 at the Hilton, New York.

"The Transatlantic Land Use (TALUC) Conference," was held September 24-26, 2007. The Conference explored the causes and consequences of current land use trends and dynamics related to society, economy and environment. It identified the major drivers of land use and address the questions of what will happen if we keep doing what we are doing now, and what alternative measures could strengthen the sustainable use of natural resources in rural and suburban areas.

"Youth Microenterprise Conference," was September 10-11, 2007 in Washington, D.C. Youth are the entrepreneurs, workers, leaders, and parents making an impact today, and they will be responsible for the economic and social development of tomorrow. This conference brought together international development practitioners, policy makers, members of the private sector, youth, and experienced professionals in the fields of education, global health, microenterprise creation, and youth entrepreneurship.

The Community Development Society (CDS) and The National Rural Development Partnership (NRDP) Annual Conference, "The Magic of Community: History, Change and Regional Development," was held in Appleton, WI on June 17-20, 2007. The conference provided an opportunity for students, practitioners, researchers and policy makers to share findings on strategies to improve the process and practice of community development.

"The Future Urban Extension Agenda: Reaching New and Diverse Audiences," was held May 7-10, 2007 in Kansas City, MO. This professional conference offered an array of workshops, seminars, speakers and exhibits that stimulated and inspired a renewed, shared vision for Extension urban programming and outreach.

The 2007 NACDEP Conference, "Declaration of Interdependence: The Fabric of Community," was held April 16-19, 2007 at the Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA.


The National Extension Tourism Conference, "NETworking in Tourism: People, Places and Partnerships," was held September 10-13, 2006 in Burlington, VT.

Connecting Rural Communities: Cooperative Extension as a Catalyst was held June 6-7, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA. This web based guide provided resources and tools that enable Extension staff to help community leaders identify and design projects that improve the ability to participate in the knowledge society.

2006 NACDEP Conference: Spurring on the Momentum, was held February 13-16, 2006, at the Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Concurrent sessions and the poster session highlighted programs and research developed and implemented by Cooperative Extension professionals and their federal, state and local partners.


Building Extension's Public Value through Community Capital Investments Conference was held October 26-27, 2005 at The Hilton Garden Inn, Ithaca, NY.

What Works! Rural Entrepreneurship & Community Development in the Northeast Conference, sponsored by The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development and The University of Vermont, was held on September 28-30, 2005 at the Wyndham Hotel, Burlington, VT . The conference brought together practitioners, researchers, educators, and decision-makers to explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in promoting entrepreneurship as a vehicle for rural economic development in the northeast.

Rural Poverty in the Northeast: Strengthening the Regional Research Effort, sponsored by The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, RUPRI's Rural Poverty Research Center and Population Research Institute, was held on May 3-4, 2005 at the Days Inn, State College, PA. The conference explored what is known from current research about the causes and effects of rural poverty in the Northeast and what needs to be known in order to design more effective policies.


Community Development Institute East, sponsored by West Virginia University Extension Service, was held September 26-October 1, 2004 in Charleston, WV. The institute featured thought provoking topics relevant to the daily work of leaders and groups in both the public and private sectors.

Building Stronger Communities Together, a regional training, held September 13-17, 2004 in Nashville, TN. The training is designed to offer participants the skills and tools needed to strengthen and expand the involvement of local residents in the important challenges and opportunities facing their communities.

The 2004 Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) conference, May 20-22, 2004, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Information Technology: A Regional Workshop on Bridging the Digital Divide, sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center, was held May 13-14, 2003 at Johnston Commons, Penn State University. Participants learned about content, delivery techniques and benefits of IT programs designed to move all community stakeholder groups into the information age.

2003 Northeast Regional Workshop on Extension Land Use Programming, sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center, was held May 5-6, 2003 at the Days Inn, State College, PA. The format of the workshop was designed to encourage discussion, program sharing, and planning.