Partnership with Nebraska’s Economic Developers

The Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program is fortunate to have a strong partnership with the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, an association of professional economic developers dedicated to the growth of Nebraska’s business climate.

Here’s what they had to say about REAP:

REAP is an integral piece of the microenterprise puzzle in Nebraska. Without their programming, financing alternatives, and professional staff, many small businesses would never be started in Nebraska. REAP staff are professionals that go the extra mile to help assist Nebraska’s entrepreneurs. I always enjoy collaborating with REAP on projects in Holt County. I think I can speak on behalf of our NEDA members that partnering on a project with REAP is always a positive, rewarding experience.

 – Nicole Sedlacek, NEDA President & Executive Director Holt County Economic Development

Our staff has been connected to many of NEDA’s members for years. The win-win partnership has led to startup and expansion of many small businesses through collaborative lending, training, and technical assistance.

NEDA’s purpose is to foster economic development in Nebraska, encourage the expertise of its members, foster cooperation among economic development professionals, and afford professional economic developers a vehicle for assembly and collective expression.

We have received numerous referrals from NEDA members. Their annual conference is great, and we have enjoyed attending as well as providing sponsorships.

We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with NEDA and its members as we continue to evolve along with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) the Rural Investment Corporation.

Feature image: Juan Sandoval and Gene Rahn set up the REAP booth at a NEDA annual conference.