The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative

Register now for NACDEP pre-conference workshop "E-commerce and More: Community Development through Digital Engagement"

If you are attending the upcoming National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals conference, consider joining us for the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative pre-conference workshop focusing on using digital technology to engage your local community and businesses.

"E-commerce and More: Community Development through Digital Engagement"
May 20, 2012
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Park City, UT

Since 2003, the Southern Rural Development Center has been developing and gathering extension curricula related to digital technology and e-commerce. These curricula have been incorporated into online learning modules that can be used by county educators. Some modules can be held in a single workshop, while others require a series of meetings.

Open to all NACDEP members, this pre-conference workshop will include a brief overview of all the curricula, but will focus specifically on four high-priority topics. The workshop will include hands-on computer time, broken into two distinct sessions:

• Community Development (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

- Connecting Communities: Using Digital Technology to Achieve Goals and Improve Well-being
- Web Presence Strategies for Small Communities and Local Governments

• Economic Development (Noon – 4 p.m.)
- Electronic Retailing: Selling on the Internet
- Direct Marketing of Food and Specialty Products Online

Participants can attend one session or both. Lunch will be provided for all attendees. Seating is limited, and registration is required.


The SRDC is providing a limited number of $500 scholarships to cover partial travel expenses (airfare/hotel) for NACDEP members from the Southern and 1890 Regions. Participants awarded a scholarship would be expected to incorporate at least one of the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative modules into their work plan over the following year. To apply, please send a brief (300 word) description of your background in community development work, an overview of the community or region you plan to work with, and why they are a good fit for this program. Applications or questions should be sent to:
Dr. Dave Lamie

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