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The Rural Developer - 4th Quarter 2006


4thQuarter - 2006

In this issue:

>NREDA Updates

>Sharing Success

>Rural Resources

>Grants & Funding

>Conferences & Training

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Members-Only NREDA Audio Conference on December 6th



Wednesday, December 6th
2:00 p.m. EST; 1:00 p.m. CST;
12:00 p.m. MST; 11:00 a.m. PST
Registerby November 30th

Tune in on Wednesday, December 6th for an exclusive "NREDA member's only" audio conference entitled "Community Economic Development 101." NREDA's Professional Development Committee is offering this free 90 minute teleconference to help meet the needs of those members who need "the basics" of community economic development. And, great news, based upon its success in 2005 and 2006, NRECA and NREDA will repeat the more comprehensive day-long seminar called C&ED 101 in June, 2007 in Colorado. This will be held in conjunction with NREDA's 2007 Financing Forum. Look for details and dates to be set soon.

Pat Merritt, CEcD and manager of community development for Georgia EMC in Atlanta will lead the 90-minute session. Merritt's presentation will introduce participants to innovative approaches to community development and is designed for new ED professionals of all experience levels.

More reasons to tune in ...

  1. You're new to economic development, and need to get a handle on the basics.

  2. You would like to know how to communicate to board directors and/or the management of your cooperative why it's important to be involved in community economic development.

  3. You want to hear about some field-tested best practices that work.

  4. You are encouraged to invite your community partners, for instance, board members or newly appointed directors of the local chamber of commerce or development authority, to sit in.

  5. For NREDA Members, the audio conference is included in your membership. Your only expense is the cost of dialing in.

Remember, pre-registration is required by November 30th. Don't miss this special opportunity!


Catch up on Conference Highlights
If you missed the 2006 NREDA Conference in San Antonio, you can still catch up on the conference highlights. For the next three issues, the Rural Developer will carry brief articles covering key conference topics. From revitalizing Main Street to understanding the Rural Economic Loan and Grant (REDL&G) program, conference speakers shared both fun and targeted information that applies to rural developers today.

  • Rural Development and the Beatles? Embracing competition, knowing your strengths and knowing when to go against the flow are traits that propelled the Beatles to the top of the billboard charts and kept them there. Find out how to apply their secrets to your own programs… more
  • Make Your Downtown Vital! Apply the lessons learned by successful communities such as Flagstaff, AZ. Get serious about changing downtown attitudes and taking risks... more
  • REDL&G 101. There's a lot to know about the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program and your NREDA members offer a great resource. Learn the basics (and then some) about REDL&G via fellow three members who have used the program to bring jobs, industry and good feelings to their area... more

      New Officers for 2007
      NREDA members approved the slate of officers for 2007: Sherry Rose, president; Bruce Hensley, first vice president; Pat Merritt, second vice president; and Henry Fischer, secretary-treasurer. Re-elected NREDA directors include Mark Gaddy and Rick Nelsen. Tom Lambrecht was a newly elected director.

      Leaders Honored for Rural Development Success
      NREDA members recognized two individuals for outstanding leadership in rural development. Rural Economic Development Leadership Awards were presented to Joe Max Higgins, chief executive officer of the Columbus-Lowness Development Link in Columbus, Mississippi. Higgins work on 120 major community and economic projects has resulted in the creation of over 12,000 new jobs... More

      Eric Phillips, executive director for Union County/Marysville Economic Development Partnership, was honored for his leadership in establishing the partnership, increasing the funding for economic development efforts and garnering over $800 million in new capital investments... More

      PresidentsAward President's Award Goes to Loren Medley

      Few individuals support the goals and visions of NREDA with the commitment of Loren Medley. Medley, business development coordinator for Kansas Electric Power Cooperative in Topeka, KS, was the recipient of the 2006 NREDA President's Award, presented by President Stan Rice. A long-time member of the organization, Medley is past president of NREDA and currently serves on the board of directors. Congratulations, Loren, your work is appreciated.

      Talk to Us: NREDA Needs Your Input
      What topics would you like to see covered at the 2007 NREDA Conference? How can this conference become more useful to you? 2007 NREDA Conference Chairman Bruce Hensley wants to know. Contact Hensley by telephone, 660-265-1719, or e-mail,

      The Conference Committee traditionally meets via conference call once a month throughout the year and active participation is encouraged. If you'd like to participate on the committee, please contact Molly Lopez at

      NREDA Conference Snapshots

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      Building Local Leaders

      How can your community nurture homegrown leaders? From Georgia, NREDA member Pat Merritt shares this story of three unique training programs that prove leadership begins with the talent and resources found at home.


      An Open House for Contractors
      NREDA board member Loren Medley held an open house for contractors in the Topeka, KS area to introduce them to cutting edge energy efficient home design. The open house invited contractors to inspect a 1,500 square foot super efficient home with estimated annual energy costs of only $200 per year. If the energy savings weren't convincing enough, Medley 'put his money where his mouth is.' The open house is Medley's personal abode. To visit with him about the event or his new home, call 785-271-4846 or e-mail,

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      NET 2007 Focus on Key Accounts

      This year's New & Emerging Technologies (NET) 2007 Conference on February 7-8 in Orlando offers two pre-conference workshops designed exclusively for key account managers. Experienced instructors will cover a range of topics that have been on your mind. Key Accounts pre-conferences include:
      • Basic Site Selection: Principles and Practices
        If you're new to the world of site selection and economic development, here's your chance to learn how the site-selection process works from a leading practitioner.
      • Key Accounts Summit
        Sharpen your management skills, spark your creativity, and educate yourself on hot topics including: the energy outlook for 2007 and beyond; how to design and market innovative rates; winning strategies to manage C&I load; how federal policy may shape your C&I relationships; and how to foster business opportunities with builders and developers.
      for details, or contact Kathryn Momot at 703-907-5707.

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      From the NRECA Community Catalyst
      REDL&G Applications due in December

      Second quarter REDL&G deadlines are approaching. Some states set deadlines earlier in the month. For most, the second quarter deadline is December 31. Check with your state Rural Development office for application deadlines, for state-specific application requirements and for assistance in making your application as competitive as possible.

      Remember, the REDL&G program awards up to 40 percent of the total funds available in the first quarter, 30 percent in the second quarter, 20 percent in the third quarter and 10 percent in the fourth quarter. The earlier you submit your application, the more funds remain. If not funded initially, your application will move to the next round.

      HHS Offers $61 Million for Rural Health Care
      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $61 million to increase the number of comprehensive health care centers, especially in sparsely settled areas. Public entities, private non-profits and community, faith-based and tribal organizations may apply. Each applicant must establish a new center, or access point, that offers comprehensive primary care, preventive health care and social services (including mental health) to target groups that currently have limited access or no access to services at all. HHS will give priority to proposed projects in areas with seven or fewer people per square mile.

      Visit the HHS New Access Points program site for more information and for application instructions and forms. Applications must be submitted electronically by December 6th.

      Grants for Community Nonprofits
      Tell your community partners the Public Welfare Foundation supports "helping people help themselves" in communities large and small. In 2006, the foundation awarded over $15 million to community groups involved with economic development, youth, the environment, civic participation and other community activities. Within these areas, the foundation funds organizations that provide service to the community, advocacy for people with limited income and opportunities for greater civic influence.

      Your community partners may submit letters of inquiry at any time during the year to learn if their project is eligible for funding. Visit the Public Welfare Foundation Web site for full disclosure.

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    December 6, 2006 - Audio Conference
    NREDA Audio Conference – Community Economic Development 101

    January 10-12, 2007 - Dallas, TX
    NTCA Broadband Conference

    January 17, 2007 - Fargo, ND
    Marketplace for Entrepreneurs

    February 4-7, 2007 - Orlando, FL
    NTCA Annual Meeting and Expo

    February 6-8 2007 - Orlando, FL
    Net 2007 New & Emerging Technology Conference

    March 21, 2007 - Las Vegas, NV
    CFC Annual Meeting

    May 2-4 - St. Louis, MO
    Exploring Innovation, A Conference Devoted to Community Development Finance

    May 15-18 - Miami, FL
    Connect 2007 Conference & Exp

    June 5-7 - Nebraska City, NE
    National e@ Energizing Entrepreneurs Institute

    November 5-7, 2007 - Myrtle Beach, SC
    2007 NREDA Annual Conference

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