Message from the President
By Rick Nelsen, 2019 NREDA President

Resiliency is defined as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties" and is often used to as a description for strength of character - "a toughness, hardiness, adaptability or ability to bounce back." With recent weather events across rural America including devastating floods in my own state of Nebraska I have heard that word used a lot lately. I do, however, think it is appropriate to use that word in this case. Rural America is resilient at its core. You can't be in agriculture without being adaptable and tough, you can't live in a small town without the ability to face difficulty and often, pull yourself up on your own, but more likely with the help of your neighbor.
What I have seen this spring is neighbor helping neighbor, people from one region hit by storms last year or the year before returning the favor and helping those affected this year. Mutual aid as rural electric cooperatives send crews across the country to help those who helped them before. The list goes on and on.

As a rural economic developer, you also have to be resilient. You must be able to weather the storm and adapt by finding new resources, learning from others and maintaining a positive attitude. But know that you are not alone, you have a network of colleagues that you can rely on for ideas, suggestions and moral support - that network is NREDA. If you have benefited from your membership in NREDA please share the opportunity with others!

Keep your eyes open for news on the line up for the annual conference in Kansas City, November 6-8. The annual conference committee is putting together a great program centered on the theme "Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship...TIEs that Connect Rural America."