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Recent posts by Guest Writer

Finding the Nebraska Beyond Omaha and Lincoln

I’m a recovering (retired) lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with REAP for the past five years as part of my job at the Community Economic Development Clinic (CED Clinic) at Creighton University’s School of Law. Dena Beck, REAP senior project leader in their Southwest/Central Region, asked me to write about my experience.

Free Resource Center for Nonprofits

Get FREE access to up-to-date information, statewide listings of trainings and events, and topical experts. Let’s Build Nebraska is a free online resource that increases the capacity, skills, and abilities of individuals assisting nonprofits, community-benefit organizations, and volunteers that strengthen the great state of Nebraska.

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Passing the Torch

I am pleased to announce a leadership transition at the Center for Rural Affairs. Assistant Executive Director Brian Depew has been named the new Executive Director, effective Sept 1, 2013. Chuck Hassebrook, who shaped the Center for decades through his hard work and leadership, will depart to pursue new challenges.

This transition follows a thorough and rigorous process the Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors established some time ago to meet this eventuality.

Keeping the "Good Life" in Nebraska

Legislative Resolution 155 created the Tax Modernization Committee, which will consider six tax issues - fairness, competitiveness, simplicity and compliance, stability, adequacy, and complementariness (how the system’s parts affect each other). It’s a large assignment and some goals may push in opposite directions. The Committee is meeting this fall to take testimony, review the tax system and potentially recommend reforms. 

How Can I Survive and Thrive in the Growing World Economy?

It is the summer of 2013, and by now we’ve all heard for the past 5 or 6 years about the advantages or possibly the disadvantages of the growing “World” economy. You may live in the Midwest or Great Plains and have a GREAT work ethic and an unbelievable sense of resourcefulness. Yet by most people on either coast’s opinion, you live in the middle of nowhere. I’m sure you’re wondering ... what’s so great about a world economy? What can I do from here?