Message from the President
By Rick Nelsen, 2019 NREDA President

As I sit down to write this month's message I can't help but reflect on my recent trip to Atlanta to market the Nebraska Public Power District service territory at the International Production and Processing Expo. This trade show, which focused on grain milling, meat and poultry production and processing, was a vivid reminder of the important role that rural America plays in the world's economy and the impact that manufacturing has on rural communities. Many of the exhibitors and attendees represented companies with locations across our rural landscape.

As economic developers our role is to nurture, grow, retain and attract these businesses and we should be proud of the work that each of us do each day. NREDA exists to be your partner for professional development and networking to help you do your job better. Please let us know how we can support you.

Highlights & Updates:
  • The rebranding process continues as Stone Ward has completed member interviews and is preparing to make a report at the March board meeting. We are anxiously awaiting the recommendations for NREDA to utilize to better position and market itself to prospective members.
  • Plans are being finalized on a regional, professional development training on the REDLG program session to be held in late April in Hays, Kansas. Stay tuned for complete details.
  • Planning is well underway for the board of director's trip in May to Washington, D.C. to visit our strategic partners and key federal agencies. I will report on the trip in the June newsletter.
  • The video recordings of the presentations from the Annual Conference are now up on the website for your viewing. Login first as a member. For those unable to attend, some of the content is provided there.

If you have not renewed your NREDA membership I encourage you to do so in order to continue to benefit from these activities and more. NREDA is an important part of my professional development and I believe it can be for you as well. Until next time…