Community Engagement

Imagine your community with a revitalized Main Street, a new group of energized leaders, and families looking to move to town.

As the Community Engagement team, we are your connection between your community’s goals and the resources available through Rural Prosperity Nebraska. From attracting newcomers and entrepreneurs to refreshing your downtown streetscape, we deliver the tools and resources you need to help your community prosper.

How Communities Benefit

No two communities in Nebraska are alike. Each has unique difficulties they face, as well as a unique culture to share. Rural Prosperity Nebraska has the teams and the expertise to help you overcome those challenges and expand on that culture. Our goal is to connect you with the right teams, the right resources, and the right programs that will help you achieve your goals to make your community thrive.

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Community Engagement Team Members

Headshot of Maria Cantu Hines.
Maria Cantu Hines
Asst Exten Educator
Headshot of Brandi Hilton-Hagemann.
Brandi Hilton-Hagemann
RPN Extension Educator
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Ben Jewell
Extension Educator
Jamie Bright
Rural Prosperity Nebraska Extension Educator
Sandra Barrera-Fuentes
Extension Educator Latino Business Program
Amanda Kowalewski
Extension Educator Northeast Region
Jenny Nixon
Extension Educator Northwest Region
Charlotte Narjes
Extension Educator Cooperative Develoment
Shawn Kaskie
Extension Educator North Central Region
Jason Tuller
Extension Educator South Central Region
Marilyn Schlake
Extension Educator Statewide
Rex Nelson
Extension Educator Southeast Region