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Center staff member recognized for work in clean energy

Each year, Midwest Energy News acknowledges leaders who are based in the Midwest. These men and women are innovators from all sectors, including industry, government, regulatory, business, academia, nonprofit, and advocacy.

The 40 Under 40 awards program showcases emerging leaders throughout the region, and highlights their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

This year, the Center for Rural Affairs was represented by one of its own. Policy Associate Lu Nelsen was named one of the recipients of the 2019 Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 Award.

Award winner partners with Center to achieve small business success

Every year, the Center for Rural Affairs recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding support for the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center.

This year, that honor goes to Jessica Campos, of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Recipient of the REAP Latino Business Center Partner Award, Jessica is being recognized for her exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

Business owners hunt for knowledge, find it through REAP training

More than a bed and breakfast, more than a hunting lodge—Whitetail River Lodge, outside of Niobrara, Nebraska, is a home away from home for its guests.

The lodge offers deer and turkey hunting on 6,000 acres of leased ground. Accommodations include lodging and meals for up to 18 people, as well as a dining area that can be used for small meetings or events.

Wind turbine technology program blows in opportunity for students and small towns

The U.S. is home to one of the largest and fastest-growing wind markets in the world, and many states are taking advantage of that by developing wind farms to generate clean, renewable energy.

Programs all over the country exist to train technicians to work on those wind farms. One such program exists in Mitchell, South Dakota, at Mitchell Technical Institute. There, technicians are trained to install, inspect, maintain, operate, and repair wind turbines. They are able to diagnose and fix any problem that could cause the turbine to shut down unexpectedly.

Staff spotlight: Justin jumps around the globe, lands at the Center

There’s no place like home, especially when home is rural America.

Just ask Justin Carter.

Though his travels have taken him all around the world, Justin recently found his way back to his home state.

“I grew up in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, just outside of Omaha, and while we were close to the city, I had all the characteristics of a rural kid,” said Justin. “I worked on farms in the summer and went hunting in the fall. Rural America had a large impact on my upbringing, and I’ve always been proud to say I’m from a small town.”

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