Extra Mile Award Recipient Named - Pat Compton Receives REAP Extra Mile Award from Center for Rural Affairs

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Dena Beck, Center for Rural Affairs, denab@cfra.org or Phone: (308) 528-0060
or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007


Lyons, NE - Pat Compton who recently retired from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), proved she went the extra mile in her job by winning the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Extra Mile Award.

Pat, who is based in Kearney, was presented with the REAP Extra Mile Award on March 4 during her Nebraska DED retirement party.

The REAP Extra Mile award is given annually to a person and organization that have demonstrated outstanding support for REAP and exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska. 
“I am honored to be chosen for this award and feel privileged to have worked with so many that go the "extra mile" on a daily basis making Nebraska a great place to live, work, play and raise our families,” commented Compton.
According to Dena Beck, Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Loan Specialist,  Pat has spent the majority of her 15 years with the DED working in the housing department where she worked tirelessly to serve people that were in need of housing while helping communities provide for them and grow from said housing.  Prior to that, she worked with the Department of Labor. She is actively involved volunteering for Jr. Achievement in Kearney as well as organizations including Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA) and the Nebraska Development Network-Central Region where she not only shared her information about DED programs, but took what she learned from other programs, including REAP, and shared that knowledge in her region. REAP received many referrals from Pat and that continued with her transition to the DED Business Development Field Staff.
“Pat has spent time and energy promoting other programs to benefit businesses and communities across the state and has truly gone the extra mile,” said Beck.
Many of Compton’s peers gave glowing testimonials at her retirement party. One such testimonial came from Judy Peterson, Executive Director with Central Nebraska Housing Developers, "The Central Nebraska Housing Developers congratulates Pat Compton on receiving this award.  Single-handedly, Pat has been a champion of improving housing in Central Nebraska, making a major impact on the success of numerous Central Nebraska communities.  She has worked tirelessly with individual communities, and with regional organizations like the Central Nebraska Housing Developers.  Pat, you will be a forever friend of Central Nebraska communities.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for making Rural Nebraska the best place to live."  
For a picture of Pat accepting her award, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cfra/16520088017/
(Pictures courtesy of the Center for Rural Affairs)
For more information about this and other Center for Rural Affairs awards please visit: www.cfra.org.