Mary Simon Leuci, Assistant Dean for Community
Development, leading a discussion about program impacts at a
consists of Extension professionals representing
the fields of business development, community development,
continuing education, and technology. The organization is
a vehicle for Extension faculty from regional county offices and
the MU 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
- 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 MU Extension, and to the people of the state
- and provides representation of community
resource development (CRED) programming to University of
Missouri and Extension administration.
The Association typically meets face-to-face at least once a
year, at the Missouri Galaxy Conference in the fall, and by
Internet meeting as needed.
MACEDEP is a state chapter of the
National Association of Community Development Extension
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
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