Catch Up With Chuck Episode 28 A Personal Decision For Rural With Garry Clark


Jun. 1, 2018

Joining us for this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council in Fremont, Neb. to discuss rural-urban collaboration, community investment and rural development in Nebraska and beyond. Clark shares his personal journey and appreciation for rural America and, specifically, Nebraska.

“I believe that rural life saved my life.”

-Garry Clark


Clark has a background in economic development and community leadership throughout both rural and urban parts of the state. As a University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, he has chosen to live in and work on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska. Prior to his work in Nebraska, he started out as a city planner and economic development specialist in Florida and in Washington, D.C.

As a genuine “activator,” Clark helped the Rural Futures Institute start the Connecting Young Nebraskans program, a statewide network of more than 800 members designed to connect, empower and retain young leaders in the rural areas of the state.

The Rural Futures Institute believes that our complex future requires mutual respect and collaboration between rural and urban regions and communities. Clark believes that open communication between urban and rural is key to developing thriving communities across the nation, adding, “In order for urban America to thrive, they need rural America thrive. And the same is true on the opposite side. Rural America needs urban America.”


Catch Up With Chuck is Facebook Live series with Rural Futures Institute Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder. Airing most Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (CST) on RFI’s Facebook Page, Chuck uses this time to discuss critical rural topics and the latest about RFI while answering viewers’ questions. Stay in touch with Catch Up With Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute through Facebook and Twitter. We will be back soon with another episode looking at rural people and places, success stories, innovators, thinkers and doers who are making rural communities a legitimate best choice for worthwhile living.