About us


MACEDEP consists of MU Extension professionals representing the fields of business development, community development, workforce development, and related disciplines.  The organization is a vehicle for extension professionals from regional county offices and the University of Missouri campuses to come together and accomplish what we could not do alone.  Through volunteer efforts provided by our organizational committees and the members at large, the association...

  • encourages and supports the application of the principles of community resource development throughout University of Missouri Extension;
  • encourages, supports and creates opportunities for the professional and personal improvement of its members;
  • recognizes extraordinary service to the association, to Cooperative Extension, and to the people of the state of Missouri;
  • and provides representation of community resource development programming to University of Missouri and Extension administration.

The Association's annual meeting is held in October of each year in conjunction with the MU Extension Summit.  Additional meetings of the executive committee and members are scheduled as needed and generally held online.

MACEDEP is a registered state chapter of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).


1988, the first UECRDA awards were presented to Larry Dickerson, Don Littrell, and Bob Miller.

In 2003, members of UECRDA, in response to state budget cuts that led to the elimination of the annual Extension conference, led a team of faculty members in creating the Missouri Galaxy Conference.  This popular event is still being held today under the auspices of UMEA.

In 2006, UECRDA representatives participated in the formation of the new national organization, NACDEP.

In 2010, the organization knows as University Extension Community Resource Development Association (UECRDA) became an official state chapter of NACDEP, the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.  In keeping with that new relationship, the name of the organization was changed to MACEDEP and the awards were re-structured over the next few years.

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