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

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Maria Cantu Hines
RPN Extension Educator East Central Region
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Brandi Hilton-Hagemann
RPN Extension Educator Southwest Region
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Ben Jewell
RPN Extension Educator East Region
Ted Hibbeler
Tribal Education & Engagement Coordinator
Jamie Bright
RPN Extension Educator West Region
Sandra Barrera-Fuentes
Latino Education & Engagement Coordinator
Jenny Nixon
RPN Extension Educator Northwest Region
Charlotte Narjes
Cooperative Development
Shawn Kaskie
RPN Extension Educator Central Region
Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel
RPN Extension Educator Statewide
Jason Tuller
RPN Extension Educator South Central Region
Marilyn Schlake
RPN Extension Educator Statewide
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Jordan Grummert Rasmussen
RPN Extension Educator North Central Region