Paxton to be honored with REAP Friend Award

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Gene Rahn, senior loan specialist,, 402.925.2920; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Darby Paxton, of Stuart, Nebraska, to receive its Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2018 Friend Award. Center staff will recognize Paxton at an award ceremony on March 8 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.

Paxton is the Holt County Economic Development director and has served in that role since 2016.

“Darby brings a great deal of passion and desire to aid and serve the residents of all communities in Holt County,” said Gene Rahn, senior loan specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs. “His reach and desire to serve includes participating and working with regional and statewide groups reaching beyond just Holt County.”

Holt County Economic Development and the REAP program have partnered on numerous workshops in different communities, such as QuickBooks trainings and online marketing sessions.

“When there is a need, Darby refers potential clients to REAP,” Rahn said. “The office has and continues to operate at a high level of expertise and service. Everything combined is what makes Darby a true friend of the REAP program.”

Paxton grew up on a ranch near Stuart, and moved back to the area with his wife in 2005. He served as a stay-at-home dad to five boys for 11 years before taking on the role of economic development director. In those 11 years, he was involved in the fire department, becoming an emergency medical technician; was a member of the Housing Rehabilitation Board; helped bring a movie theater to Stuart; and served on his church’s parish council.

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