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Rural and Small Town Leaders should urge NPPD wind investment

This week, the Center for Rural Affairs is circulating a letter among rural community leaders, urging the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to make investments in rural and small town Nebraska’s energy future by purchasing locally produced wind power at today’s historically low rates.

Small Town Advocate Beginning at Age 10

I am honored and excited to be the new Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs. I owe much to all of you - great supporters, our staff, board, allies, and those who came before. Because of you the Center rests on a rock-solid reputation and a track record of success.

You might wonder how I came to be at the Center. It all began the summer I turned 10. That summer we visited the family farm in Iowa. My grandparents had recently retired and moved to town. We were scouting the farm, and I was lobbying to move there from halfway across the country.

Tending, Working, Helping to Build Stronger Rural Communities

I grew up on an acreage three miles out of Howells, Nebraska. We had 12 acres where we raised a small herd of Angus show cattle, custom fed 500 head of hogs, and raised hundreds of chickens. Mom’s annual garden and our fruit trees provided a delicious bounty every summer.

The oldest of four kids, I helped as much as I could. Pictures of my sister and I helping feed the chickens when we were as young as 3 and 4 years old still hang on my parent’s wall.

Rural Advocate says Goodbye

I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as I walked out the door of the Center for Rural Affairs on August 30.  It was my last day.

After 37 years, the Center will always be a big part of me. And I will always be indebted to all who helped make it the nation’s leading force fighting for the rural and small town way of life.

Chuck Says Goodbye

I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eyes as I walked out the door of the Center for Rural Affairs on August 30. It was my last day. 

My heart, however, has not left the Center. After 37 years, it will always be a big part of me. And I will always be indebted to the supporters and citizen leaders who have helped make it the nation’s leading force fighting for the rural and small town way of life. 

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