Conference a True Success

Despite last week's impending blizzard, over 500 people gathered on February 28th in Kearney for the Center for Rural Affairs' Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success; the first entrepreneurship conference of its kind in Nebraska and surrounding states.

Entrepreneurship Week in Nebraska

Well, we made it. After a full year of preparations, Marketplace ( has finally arrived. We have reached our goal of 500 registered participants. And so, on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 the Center for Rural Affairs will host the first of its kind in Nebraska entrepreneurship event in Kearney.

Community Development Discussion Guides

The Center recently released the first two Community Development Discussion Guides. This marks the beginning of a new series of Center publications. These guides are tools to use in working with your community in asking the right questions.

The discussion guides consist of two parts. One is a list of questions on such subjects as volunteer recruitment, leadership, agricultural involvement, beautification, history, rural culture, schools, churches, hospitals, youth, and others. The other part is a facilitator’s manual to empower community leaders to help with the discussions.

Rural Development Testimony to U.S. Senate

Statement of Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs of Lyons, Nebraska to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Rural Development Hearing on February 13, 2007.

The 2007 farm bill presents an opportunity.  Small scale entrepreneurship is a proven strategy to revitalize rural communities.    It can create genuine opportunity across rural America with the support of a modest investment by the federal government.


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