May 12 Will Kick Off Third Phase of Cedar County Leadership Program

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Stephanie Fritz,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1021
LYONS, NE - The third phase of the Learning to Lead in Cedar County Program will begin Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. with "Community Growth Matters" presented by Mary Plettner and Nancy Schultz from NPPD. This program will teach why growth is key to sustaining rural communities and how economic development professionals help grow communities. Learn what "quality of life" means to young families and how to build on it to attract new residents. Participate in a group discussion about the Hartington area's strengths and assets and "investing" in these for community growth.
The second session of phase III will be held on May 26 with "Leading Local Economic Development" presented by Carroll Welte from UNL Extension Services in Burt County. This program looks at strategies and discusses the "nuts and bolts" of economic development.  Participants will learn why staying focused on economic development goals is critical to community growth and success.

"Leading local economic development is not for the faint at heart these days," commented Welte. "Folks will better understand the concepts of globalization, business recruitment, expansion and retention. They'll learn how to cultivate local entrepreneurs and why it's important. The evening's discussion will also focus on attracting young people back to rural communities."

The deadline to register for Phase III is Friday, May 8th . Registrations can be dropped off or mailed to the City of Hartington, Economic Development, 107 West State Street, PO Box 427, Hartington NE 68739.  The registration fee of $15 covers meals and material costs. (Registrants are asked to make checks payable to Hartington Economic Development.)
"This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in your community while developing usable skills for any situation," said Stephanie Fritz with the Center for Rural Affairs.

Programs will be held from 6-9 at the Hartington Public Library.

For more information, contact Carla Becker at or call 402-254-6357, 402-640-6747 or Elaine Arens at or call 402-254-6505 or 402-254-3507.

This project is funded in part by grants from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and USDA Rural Development administered by the City of Hartington Economic Development, Village of Fordyce and the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Center for Rural Affairs is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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