Growing Your Own Health Care: Exciting Opportunities for Students and Communities

Health care. Two words you’ve probably heard a lot lately. But if you live in a rural place, you know that health care isn’t always easy to access. There’s a long distance between you and the clinic; often a lack of medical professionals close by. How many small towns still have their own pharmacist or dentist anymore?

One initiative in Nebraska -- the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) -- is approaching this challenge by ‘growing their own’.

$250 Million for Rural Electricity

Last week, nine rural electric cooperatives received loan guarantees to improve their electric systems. Cooperatives in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, and Wisconsin will use the money to develop a smart grid. By upgrading their systems they can save energy. This means homes and business will save money on electric bills.

REAP Continues to Produce, Innovate, and Evolve with Core Business Development Services

Fiscal Year 2012 was a massive, record-breaking year for the REAP program. Staff served more Nebraska startup and existing entrepreneurs than ever before. We placed the most loans in program history. Demand for our services is at an all-time high, showing the huge need in Nebraska and our ability to deliver results.

Hard work makes a difference, and we’ve met the challenging times head-on. From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, REAP assisted 2,051 entrepreneurs.

Record Lending Meets REAP Mission

The job title “business specialist” may sound dry to some, but it shouldn’t. Because our REAP Business Specialists could just as easily be called “Dream Makers.” We help hard-working business owners and entrepreneurs reach for their dreams.


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