CNEDD Annual Conference Update

10 Apr CNEDD Annual Conference Update

CNEDD’s 2017 Annual Conference has ended, but the work in communities is just beginning. The theme for this year’s conference was “Small Towns – Are You Open for Business?” with 48 participants from 18 communities in attendance. Speakers shared a vast amount of information and tips to help communities enhance economic opportunities for their citizens and communities.
Elizabeth Chase from Nebraska Main Street Network shared information about the importance of keeping a community’s downtown alive and growing for its citizens, and the services they provide to communities to meet their downtown needs.

Kelly Gewecke from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development discussed how communities can work to improve their economic opportunities by participating in the state’s Certified Leadership program, which outlines some basic best practices for a community’s growth, and shared those practices with attendees.

Andrea McClintic from the University of Nebraska-Career Services division talked about what millennials are looking for in a community, including how wages and expenses can impact their decision to move, and how communities can market themselves to workforce.

Cliff Mesner from Mesner Development shared guidance on how to establish a local investment club that can play an integral role in a community’s growing economy, as well as the creation of a local builder’s club for the construction of new homes, and shared templates to start the process.

Dena Beck from the Center for Rural Affairs-Rural Enterprise Assistance Project shared data they have collected from businesses across the State, what the greatest needs of those businesses were, and ideas on how to help existing businesses grow and expand.

Randy Kissinger from the Nebraska Department of Labor talked about the importance of educating a skilled workforce to enhance business growth in our communities, and shared tools that the Department of Labor has to assist communities with that process.

Shanelle Grudzinski from Northeast Community College’s Applied Technology Division informed us about the skilled workforce education opportunities that the College has available to a number of students.

If you would like to contact any of these speakers for more information, give us a call at 402-340-0106 or send an email to judy.petersen@cnedd.org. The Central Nebraska Economic Development District serves the following Nebraska counties: Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler. For more information about CNEDD, visit our website at www.cnedd.org.

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