Plugge to be honored with REAP Friend Award

Small Business

Kim Preston, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project director,, 402.687.2100 ext. 1008; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Patty Plugge, Burt County economic development director, to receive its Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2019 Friend Award. Center staff will recognize Plugge at an awards ceremony on Friday, March 13, in York, Nebraska.

The REAP Friend Award is presented annually to an individual, organization, or institution that provides invaluable service to entrepreneurs by assisting REAP staff in offering technical assistance, business training, loans, and networking across rural Nebraska.

“Patty is a wonderful wealth for promoting REAP and helping Center staff develop a network in Burt County,” said Lori Schrader, northeast Nebraska loan specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs.

Plugge assisted in forming monthly Coffee Table meetings for Burt and Cuming counties to bring businesses together to network, learn, promote, and grow their town or county.

“Patty has also reached out to me several times to be a speaker for Burt County leadership classes,” Schrader said. “She is always open for bringing in our classroom trainings.”