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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? 

Minden’s Cornerstone Grill Takes Off

Overwhelmed and astonished is how Cornerstone Grill owner Dan Pittner feels after nearly two months of operating his new business on the square in downtown Minden, Nebraska. Pittner and his wife, Jennifer, purchased Mookies Restaurant from Alec Geist in December. It reopened for business on January 2, and things have taken off for the Minden natives.

Energy Efficiency for Small Business

Small businesses typically spend 30% more of their operating costs on utility bills than large firms in the same industrial classification. Energy is seen as “the cost of doing business.” But those “fixed” costs can be reduced. Energy efficiency projects help improve your businesses’ cash flow and bottom line.