Helping Nebraska's Rural Communities Thrive
Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference
June 8-9, 2023 | Valentine, Nebraska
The CEC Conference is an opportunity to educate community members on the various tools and resources available to assist them in helping entrepreneurs grow and prosper in their communities.Learn More
Rural Prosperity News
From the family-owned bakery on Main St., to the local farmers market, to the sprawling cattle ranch, rural communities make Nebraska thrive. At Rural Prosperity Nebraska, students, faculty and community leaders couple research with on-the-ground experience to bring that prosperity to your front door. Through six areas of focus, we work together with you to live better in Nebraska.
We connect you to resources to engage community members, refine dreams into goals, and give everyone an equal opportunity to succeed.
Contact: Brandi Hilton-Hagemann firstname.lastname@example.org
We help strengthen your community’s welcoming culture to better recruit and retain newcomers, as people are what make a community thrive.
Contact: Jamie Bright email@example.com
Community Development Leadership
We help your community leaders identify your local assets and support them in leveraging those assets for community betterment.
Contact: Jordan Rasmussen firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Economic Development
We tailor our work to your community aspirations, helping your businesses thrive to create long-term growth and improvement.
Contact: Shawn Kaskie email@example.com
Jason Tuller firstname.lastname@example.org
We involve your community in creating quality places where people want to live, work, play, shop, learn and visit.
Contact: Kim Wilson email@example.com
Regional Food Systems
We assist communities on becoming acquainted with and building better food systems for you and your neighbors.
Contacts: Ben Jewell firstname.lastname@example.org
John Porter email@example.com
Rural Tools to Use
Rural Prosperity Nebraska brings to you tools you can use to inform citizens, plan projects and secure community grants to activate your local community or region. We collaborate with faculty members from across the University of Nebraska system to enhance rural scholarship and create service-learning opportunities for students interested in rural issues. In partnerships, we are building an entrepreneurial support system for rural and urban alike and opening doors for value-added ag producers seeking markets. You are to explore and use the tools to benefit you and your community.
Students living and working in communities to problem-solve issues.
Use this interactive comparison tool for analyzing regional trends in rural Nebraska.
Over 20 years of data captured from rural citizens on policy and quality of life issues.
Connects individuals to services and program to build Nebraska businesses.
An online platform to connect value-added producers with customers and markets.