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Message from the President

Bruce Nuzum, NREDA President

Reflection, goals for the new year
and a curiosity

Happy 2018! I hope the year is off to a great start for you and your economic development efforts!

For those that don't know me, I work for the Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) which is the economic development organization for the electric cooperatives, a select group of municipal electric companies and the independent telephone companies of Iowa. I have had the pleasure of working on rural economic and community development for our members as well as being an involved member of NREDA for over 20 years. I consider it an honor and privilege serve as your NREDA President this year. Please know I will do my best to further the board's overall goal of bringing value to you, our member, as the only national association for rural development issues.

On a personal note, one of the New Years traditions that I have is to take a few moments on New Year's Day to write down thoughts, goals and questions about the upcoming year and then seal those up in an envelope until the next New Year's Day. It's far from formal, but it helps me to reflect on the year past and what I hope to accomplish in the new year. Then I open up the sealed envelope with notes from the prior years to see how much has changed in my life. This year I took a little extra time so I could also reflect and organize for my new role with NREDA. So as I pen my first President's Brief, I want to share a few of those reflections and seek your input for goals for the new year.

First, I want to start by thanking Jim Vermeer for his leadership and hard work as NREDA's 2017 President. I also want to thank NREDA's Board and Committee Members for all of their volunteer efforts which make our organization so successful. There are some great things for 2018 just getting underway which we'll talk about in future articles. All of these efforts, past and present, make me so appreciative of the time and energy that everyone devotes to NREDA.

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NREDA President's Award

The President's Award recognizes an individual's dedication and leadership to Rural America and the National Rural Economic Developers Association, as evidenced by a commitment of unending time, talent and expertise, and a vision for rural economic growth. This Award is selected by the current NREDA President and can be presented to multiple recipients within a given year.

NREDA Awards history of recipients

Receiving the 2017 President's Award is Trista Fugate, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Johnson City, TX. Picture with Trista is NREDA President Jim Vermeer.

Also receiving the 2017 President's Award is Mary McLaury, formerly with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Arlington VA. NREDA President Jim Vermeer made the presentation.

Anschutz Receives 2016 President's Award

2016 President's Award presented to Mendi (Alexander) Anschutz (right) for her
work on NREDA's publication, website and communications efforts by President
Trista Fugate (left). Press Release

Silvius (right) Receives 2015 President's Award from Rand Fisher (left)

2015 President's Award given to Newsletter Editor, Shawnna Silvius, iShine
Productions LLC, Nebraska, NE (right) and Dana Baker, GVNW Consulting Inc.,
Colorado Springs, CO (not pictured).

Gustin Receives 2014 President's Award

John Padalino, (former) Administrator for Rural Utilities
Service, USDA Rural Development and 2014 NREDA
President's Award recipient with President Clare Gustin.
Press Release

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