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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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The NREDA Grassroots Advocacy Committee is responsible for monitoring federal legislation that may have an impact on economic development in rural America and keep the Board apprised of this legislation. This monitoring will include developing and maintaining relationships with the legislative staffs of affiliated organizations such as NTCA, NRTC, NRECA, NADO and CFC. The Committee has developed an issues paper that defines key areas of recognition or support for rural development. View the 2017-2018 NREDA Grassroots Advocacy Issues Paper to learn more.

The National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) was formed to promote rural development opportunities through electric and telephone cooperatives. At the time of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), cooperatives had been a long time advocate of marketing rural locations as a competitive and low cost alternative for business investment. The creation of a national organization, structured to coordinate recruitment resources would provide all members a greater presence to corporate America.

In 1988, a handful of cooperative members responsible for economic development, met in Platte City, MO, to evaluate this idea and its many benefits. In the spring of 1989, NREDA was formally organized, and later that year held the first member meeting in Washington, DC. The next year, Nashville, TN served as the conference city for the first annual meeting, attracting over 300 attendees. From that small beginning, NREDA had matured into a professional organization providing members valuable assistance with their economic development, key account management, community development, infrastructure development, or other rural development programs.

Submitted by NREDA member: Mark Woodson, CED, CKAE
Associated Electric Co-op, Inc., Springfield, MO

"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow -- 25 Years of Contributing to Rural America"
-- 1989 - 2014

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In recognition of outstanding leadership in the field of rural economic development, the National Rural Economic Developers Association honors deserving individuals across America.

The NEW Organization award(s) is designed to recognize utility/economic development organization or associations/government entities that have implemented a successful rural economic development program for their area. Focus will be on the success of communicating the program, improvements to the business climate, and measurable results and outcomes.

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