Message from the President
By Rick Nelsen, 2019 NREDA President

School is starting across the country and before long the leaves will start to turn. For those in NREDA, it is also a sign that our annual conference is just around the corner. Registration is now open, and I encourage all of you to attend what will once again be an exciting and educational event. NREDA is not only celebrating its 30th Anniversary, we will be unveiling NREDA's new brand. Stay tuned and I hope to see you there! Register at: https://nreda.org/online/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=CONF19

Kudos to board member Scott Bialick (Touchstone Energy) for a successful "Best in Class & Main Street Summit" recently held in Des Moines, Iowa. Scott called on five NREDA members to present during the Summit. Thanks Scott, for the opportunity to promote NREDA to the attendees!

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives also unveiled their "Co-op Community Contest", whereby TE member cooperatives can submit proposals for planning and implementation guidance to help spur community development and economic growth in rural communities they serve. Applications opened August 20. We will hear more about this effort at our annual conference and winners in the three categories of Creative Placemaking Plan, Passion Project Plan and Economic Development Plan will be announced in early December. Check out this link for more information https://www.coopcommunity.com/contest [coopcommunity.com]

Be safe and I hope to see you in Kansas City!