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Starting Up: What Women Need to Know to Start a Business

July 25, 2016
Starting  Up: What Women Need to Know to Start a Business All entrepreneurs welcome! August 23  |  8:30 – 12:30am  |  Grand Island, NE Edith Abbott Memorial Library 211 N Washington St. Grand Island, NE Register by Aug. 17: Email …
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NCRCRD Webinar: Assessment of Tribal Natural Resources Needs & Services

June 30, 2016
Assessment of Tribal Natural Resources Needs and Services: Transforming Governance, Management, and Sovereignty in the Upper Great Lakes Jubin Cheruvelil, Michigan State University July 18, 2016 | 3:00 PM Eastern Time http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd About the webinar: Tribal communities are the stewards …
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Young Leaders can Share talents with State

June 27, 2016
June 24, 2016 | Original Post Last year’s Civic Health Index for Nebraska showed that millennials — people around age 30 and younger — are the least likely to volunteer, register to vote and show up to the polls, or contact …
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Marketing Rural Nebraska To New Residents

June 10, 2016
Marketing Rural Nebraska To New Residents by Ariana Brocious, NET News Many Nebraska small towns have been shrinking. A new effort combines modern marketing with old-fashioned community discussions to help reverse that trend. For years, rural communities have been getting …
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Analysis: Internet Access — An Incomplete Promise

June 3, 2016
Analysis: Internet Access — An Incomplete Promise By Frederick L. Pilot  |  Original Post on The Daily Yonder  |  June 1, 2016  |  Print article The U.S. has failed to deliver on universal high-speed, wired Internet service. The consequences for America’s …
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2016 RFI Competitive Awards

June 1, 2016
TEACHING AND ENGAGEMENT Proposals selected to receive funding include: Facilitating the Implementation of Social Media Plans for Small Businesses & Local Non-Profits through Service Learning at UNK Sherri Harms (PI), University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) partnering with the Economic …
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Webinar: Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty

May 18, 2016
Webinar: Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty, 2003-2014   Webinar Details: Date: Monday, May 23, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour Host(s): Thomas Hertz, Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA Description: Rural child poverty fell during the 1990s, but trended upward from 2003 …
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Federal Reserve/USDA Rural Housing Conference

May 4, 2016
The Federal Reserve Board will host a policy forum, The Future of Rural Communities: Implications for Housing, on May 10, 2016, to be held in Washington, D.C. Participants across the country are invited to join the event via live-stream. The forum will …
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USDA Seeks Applications for Nearly $12 Million in Broadband Grants for Rural Communities

April 29, 2016
Lincoln, Neb., April 26 2016 – USDA is soliciting applications for grants to establish broadband in unserved rural communities through its Community Connect program. Community Connect is administered by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and helps to fund broadband deployment into …
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UNMC, ECDHD join forces in effort to prevent smoking

April 18, 2016
COLUMBUS — What do different medical professions such as dentistry, radiography and nursing have in common? The unfortunate answer is tobacco. When the University of Nebraska Medical Center and East Central District Health Department were deciding on a subject for an …
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Kate Likens selected as ambassador for Agriculture Future of America

April 15, 2016
Kate Likens, a sophomore agriculture education major from Swanton, has been selected as a campus ambassador for Agriculture Future of America. Likens is one of just 15 campus ambassadors in the United States selected through a competitive application process to …
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New Position: Communications and Public Relations Director

April 14, 2016
The Communications and Public Relations Director is responsible for developing, implementing and leading effective internal and external communications strategies for the Rural Futures Institute that communicate the vision and work of the institute both domestically and internationally, including support for …
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Helping Small Towns Succeed

April 14, 2016
Engaging Leaders. Building Communities. Sustaining Success. 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development October 11-13, 2016 Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming     Connie Reimers-Hild, Associate Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University …
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Rural Futures Institute Establishes New Partnership: Kaskie to lead the RFI Fellows Program

April 13, 2016
April 13, 2016 — The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is proud to welcome Shawn Kaskie and Aliese Hoffman to the RFI Team.  Kaskie will lead efforts in developing and expanding the RFI Fellows Program. He will …
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Klein joins NU’s Rural Futures Institute team

April 8, 2016
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is proud to welcome Theresa Klein as executive associate to the RFI Team. She will work directly with the executive team to drive progress in all areas of the Institute …
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Addressing Rural Healthcare Disparities

April 4, 2016
Addressing Rural Healthcare Disparities Using Behavioral Economic Insights Nonmetropolitan residents, those living outside central urbanized areas greater than 50,000 in population, are one of the largest medically underserved populations in the United States. Twenty percent of the U.S. population lives …
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Small Giants Conference

April 1, 2016
Small Giants Conference | Feb. 17, 2016 | Lincoln, NE A conference centered on the business and community principles of “Small Giants” has applications for rural business people and farm and ranch owner-operators. Visit www.angus.media to continue watching this special …
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Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis

March 24, 2016
Water Scarcity, Human Security and Democratization Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis April 19 | Nebraska Innovation Campus As a result of the civil conflict, threats to water and food security in Syria and surrounding nations are a daily …
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Webinar: Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities

March 18, 2016
Innovative Approaches to Strengthen Rural Entrepreneurship Discussions of innovation, venture capital and other tech-based economic development topics often focus on metro areas, but rural communities throughout the country are developing novel approaches to TBED. Two of these organizations – the …
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Lincoln Envirorun

March 18, 2016
Lincoln Envirorun March 30, 2015 Join with your colleagues-at-large on a fun four-mile run. Enjoy the scenery on the trails surrounding Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC), and network with other environmentally-minded people. The fun run is followed by the monthly Speaker …
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Shoemaker’s Article Accepted by Michigan Law Review

March 18, 2016
Professor Jessica Shoemaker’s recent article, Complexity’s Shadow: American Indian Property, Sovereignty, and the Future, has been accepted by the Michigan Law Review. The article offers a comprehensive approach to analyzing the modern American Indian land tenure system and explores particularly how the …
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Research & Engagement Applications Due Tomorrow!

March 14, 2016
Research & Engagement Applications for the RFI Competitive Awards are due Tuesday, March 14th. Learn More »
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Community Development Week 2016…celebrate Nebraska communities success

March 7, 2016
MARCH 7, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)–Mark your calendar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Community Development (CD) Week, March 28-April 2, 2016. Community development efforts across Nebraska will focus on this year’s theme of “42 Years Building Strong Communities.” The National …
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Business Innovation Conference 2016

March 7, 2016
When: April 20th | 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Hastings, NE | The Lark – 809 W 2nd St Who: You, Your Team, Your Ideas! What: Join us for a day of inspiring motivation for turning your creativity into innovation …
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Experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process

March 7, 2016
Experience the Entrepreneurial Communities Activation Process, ECAP for short!  Monday, April 11 in Fremont, Dodge County Extension Office, 1206 W 23rd Street -or- Thursday, April 21 in North Platte, Lincoln County Extension Office, 348 West State Farm Road, North Platte …
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Gov. Ricketts Announces First Annual Governor’s Summit on Economic Development

March 7, 2016
February 23, 2016 The first annual summit will be held on July 12th in Lincoln LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Governor’s Office and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will host a first-of-its-kind “Governor’s Summit on Economic …
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AIM & GROW Nebraska present MarkeTech

February 23, 2016
  April 26 & 27, 2016 | Kearney, NE Holiday Inn Conference Center MarkeTech is more than a conference. It’s cutting edge training, valuable networking, and a technology showcase. Be inspired, be engaged, and work hands on with today’s most …
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Nebraska Broadband Today!

February 16, 2016
May 24, 2016 | Cornhusker Marriott | Lincoln, Nebraska Showcase broadband availability in Nebraska and promote its use. Help community leaders better understand broadband, funding sources, and how to work with providers. Encourage interest in broadband and technology-based careers. Have you …
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Governor’s Ag Conference

February 15, 2016
A Message from Governor Ricketts I’d like to invite you to the 28th annual Nebraska Governor’s Ag Conference, a key event for the state’s agricultural community. Agriculture is Nebraska’s largest industry representing nearly a quarter of the state’s economy. That …
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Infotec 2016 is March 21!

February 15, 2016
Join leaders from across the region at Infotec 2016 to celebrate technology, business, and innovation on March 21, 2016. This one day conference is a great chance for you and your team to make connections with top IT influencers, find a fresh perspective, …
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Parents Salute Six NCTA Faculty Members

February 15, 2016
CURTIS, Neb. — Parents taking note of the influence and guidance provided to their sons and daughters while away at college recently recognized six faculty from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Parent Association awarded certificates of …
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Connecting Young Nebraskans Announces 2016 Summit Location

February 15, 2016
LINCOLN, Neb. – Young leaders from across the state will gather to network and build skills at the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit. The community of York has been selected out of seven community proposals to host the event. The …
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2016 Water for Food Global Conference

February 10, 2016
Water for Food Global Conference will focus on public-private partnerships to achieve water, food security Registration is open now for the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of …
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2016 Housing Innovation Marketplace Conference Brochure

February 9, 2016
2016 Housing Innovation Marketplace conference brochure is available! The conference brochure is now available for download at  www.nifa.org or you can click here to view it immediately.  Check out the agenda for all our fantastic session topics! Continuing education credits are pending from …
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Big Rural Brainstorm

February 5, 2016
Here it is, the third BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM! There’s so much happening in Kansas right now, and we’re all a part of it. Come to the best “un-conference” in the state to meet other Great Kansans and talk about the …
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Tree Care Workshops

February 5, 2016
Tree Care Workshops, Registration Now Open Developed specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts, these workshops cover emerging issues in tree and landscape care. Register Now Workshop Topics …
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2016 Nebraska Affordable Housing Program Guidelines

February 5, 2016
The 2016 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund Program Chapters have been posted to the website below.  Please review before the workshops, so you can come with questions. http://www.neded.org/community/grants/documentslibrary-a-forms/trust-fund  
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Civic Health Summit 2016

February 5, 2016
Register to save your (FREE) spot today! Civic health is something we all own together. Join with other Nebraskans to bridge generational, cultural, and geographic gaps through civic action. April 2, 2016 | 10am – 4pm University of Nebraska–Lincoln, City …
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Small-Town America Primed to beat Silicon Valley in Innovation

February 4, 2016
Here’s how small-town America is primed to beat Silicon Valley in Innovation Robert Scoble January 27, 2016 As Rackspace’s Futurist I’m known as one of Silicon Valley’s top tech influencers. I didn’t say that, Ivy did. So, when I say Silicon …
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Nebraska Main Street Network Webinar

February 4, 2016
“Simple Building Improvements for (Almost) No Money” Many property owners and tenants, especially in small towns want to improve their property, but they simply can’t afford to do an expensive total rehabilitation. Learn how even very small budget projects can …
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NCTA at Curtis Named in Top 150

February 3, 2016
Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis has been named as a Top 150 two-year institution by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “NCTA is proud to be selected for this prestigious honor which recognizes the …
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Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative

January 28, 2016
Gov. Ricketts Announces 2016 Application Process for the Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative DED will accept applications until April 8th LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is accepting applications for the next …
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Shoestring Evaluation Webinar

January 22, 2016
Shoestring Evaluation Webinar: New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources February 2nd | 2:00 p.m. Central Many Extension organizations struggle to capture the impacts of CRED-related work Reasons include lack of a formal CRED program to which impacts …
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Rural Futures Institute’s Schroeder speaks to Cozad Rotary Club

January 22, 2016
Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2016 8:00 am Kevin Zelaya, Lexington Clipper-Herald COZAD, Neb. – Founding executive director of the Rural Futures Institute Chuck Schroeder was the guest speaker at the Cozad Rotary Club’s noon meeting on Tuesday. The Cozad Rotary Club …
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USDA Announces Funding for Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

January 19, 2016
Lincoln, NE January 19, 2016 – Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah announced on January 12, 2016 that USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is soliciting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants for FY 2016. Eligible applicants include …
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Buffett Institute Launches New Program to Support Early Childhood Research at the University of Nebraska

January 19, 2016
BUFFETT INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM TO SUPPORT EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA Doctoral Students Eligible to Receive Annual Awards of $25,000 for Multidisciplinary Research Omaha, Neb. — A new fellowship program announced today by the Buffett Early …
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NCRCRD Webinars

January 12, 2016
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development periodically sponsors or facilitates webinars to help connect rural development researchers and Extension professionals with each other and with stakeholder groups. The NCRCRD sponsored webinars are free and there is no registration.  All …
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Global Teacher Fellowship Program

January 12, 2016
Applications for Rural Trust’s 2016 Global Teacher Fellowship Program are due January 30, 2016 The application deadline is quickly approaching!   Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded in 2016 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards (up …
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Nebraska Rural Leadership Program

January 7, 2016
Recruitment for Leadership Development Program The University of Nebraska-Omaha would like to invite you to participate in an exciting new virtual leadership development program. The Rural Futures Institute has sponsored this program in rural Nebraska to extend leadership development for …
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The Great Plains: In Focus Webinar Series

December 17, 2015
The Great Plains: In Focus Webinar Series Starting January 13, 2016, the Rural Business Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio – Institute for Economic Development is teaming up with the University of Nebraska, Sam Houston State University …
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Webinar: Facilitating Rural Dev. in the greater Great Lakes Region

December 14, 2015
Facilitating Rural Development in the greater Great Lakes Region: Development of a regional collaborative to support sustainable hops production January 14, 2016 | 12:00 PM Eastern Time | http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/ncrcrd About the Webinar This webinar will provide an overview of the formation …
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2016 Research & Engagement Request for Proposals

December 14, 2015
Rural Futures Institute Competitive Awards Program 2016 Research & Engagement Proposals All proposals must be electronically uploaded as a single PDF document to http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/2016REaward Proposal deadline: March 15, 2016, 4:00 PM CST Award notification: June 15, 2016 Starting date: July 1, 2016 Download R&E RFP Submit R&E …
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2016 Teaching & Engagement Request for Proposals

December 14, 2015
Rural Futures Institute Competitive Awards Program 2016 Teaching & Engagement Development Awards Request for Proposals All proposals must be electronically uploaded as a single PDF document to http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/2016TEaward Proposal deadline: March 1, 2016, 4:00 PM CST Award notification: June 1, 2016 …
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Webinar: Fostering Cross Disciplinary Research on Energy Development

December 8, 2015
Fostering Cross Disciplinary Research on Energy Development Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 12:00 PM Eastern Time About the Webinar Funded by the National Science Foundation and led by a cross-disciplinary committee of faculty from research institutions across North America, the Energy …
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Becoming a Small Giant

December 7, 2015
Becoming a Small Giant February 17, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Nebraska Champions Club | Lincoln, NE Join a discussion about the ideas discovered in the book “Small Giants” by Bo Burlingham. Please read before attending. Headliners Paul Spiegelman, Chief …
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Webinar: Health Insurance in the Agricultural Sector

December 7, 2015
C-FARE-NCRCRD Webinar: Health Insurance in the Agricultural Sector December 11 at 12 PM ET The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act altered incentives for how individuals and employers engage in the health care market. Two researchers will discuss how …
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AGRI/ECO-TOURISM WORKSHOP

December 7, 2015
AGRI/ECO-TOURISM WORKSHOP February 22-24, 2016 | Grand Island, Nebraska SHARE YOUR STORY – 11th ANNUAL WORKSHOP & RESOURCE MARKETPLACE This year the annual MarketPlace Nebraska is merging with the Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to create a stronger networking opportunity. In previous years, the MarketPlace …
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Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

December 7, 2015
Remove and Repurpose: Increasing the value of urban wood Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:15pm ET Urban wood utilization is a smart use of local resources that can add revenue to an urban forestry program. Many municipalities are encountering an …
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Innovation In Pedagogy and Technology Symposium

December 4, 2015
Mark your calendars for May 10, 2016, when the University of Nebraska Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium takes place in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Sponsored by University of Nebraska Information Technology (UNIT) and University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, this essential event brings together the thinkers …
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Green Infrastructure Webcast Series

November 24, 2015
Ahead of the Curve — Implementing Green Infrastructure in Rural and Growing Communities Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST | 12:00 – 1:30 pm CST EPA’s Green Infrastructure program will host a webcast on Dec. 8, 2015 from …
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Enhance Health Network to join Nebraska Innovation Campus

November 19, 2015
Later this year, Enhance Health Network will join the Nebraska Innovation Campus team, according to a UNL news release. The network, formerly known as RPN LLC, is a for-profit partnership corporation formed by nine Nebraska-based health care systems. The group …
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Kearney Hub: Rural Futures Institute Executive Director Speaks on Hope for Rural Communities

November 5, 2015
Written By Amanda Push Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — The Rural Futures Institute has no small goals, Executive Director Chuck Schroeder told Noon Rotary Club members Monday. Its goals are big: being an internationally recognized leader in building the capacity …
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Conference Panels at NCTA

November 5, 2015
Dr. Scott Mickelsen, associate dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, introduced presenters and moderated several local sessions at the 2015 Rural Futures Conference held Oct. 22 on the NCTA campus and at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. A …
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Research News: Research Fair, NU FEWS & More

November 3, 2015
Latest Research News is ready to read online Click the link below and start enjoying this issue of Research News from UNL’s Office of Research and Economic Development. Read the full newsletter online » Research Fair is Nov. 10-11 The fall UNL Research …
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Webinar: Characterizing Food Retail in Rural Northeast Michigan

November 3, 2015
The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (based in Omaha, NE) have been conducting research into rural food access issues in Northeast Michigan (lower peninsula).  The area of the study is approximately 15 …
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CIRD Issues Request for Proposals

November 3, 2015
Funding and Design Assistance Available for Rural Communities Citizen’s Institute on Rural DesignTM Issue Request for Proposals Tuesday, October 27, 2015 View PDF New York, NY— The Citizens’ Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural …
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Scottsbluff Star Herald: Ricketts speaks on Impact of Rural Communitites

October 28, 2015
Ricketts Speaks on Impact of Rural Communities Source: starherald.com Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Written By: Maggy Lehmicke, Nebraska News Service   LINCOLN — Governor Pete Ricketts told several hundred people attending the Rural Futures Institute conference on Friday about the importance …
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The Grand Island Independent: Hope for Rural Communities

October 28, 2015
Rural Futures Institute Executive Director Speaks on Hope for Rural Communities Source: theindependent.com Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015  Written By: Amanda Push, Hub Staff Writer   KEARNEY — The Rural Futures Institute has no small goals, Executive Director Chuck Schroeder told Noon …
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Rural Futures Conference in the News

October 27, 2015
Ingredients for Success for Rural Nebraska » Omaha World-Herald 2 Howard Buffetts talk about hunger, gender at Rural Futures Conference » Omaha World-Herald Buffetts speak at Rural Futures Conference, tell Small Communities to Find Hope, Solutions » The Republic Hope and Vision for …
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2015-16 Heuermann Series to kick off with Buffetts

October 16, 2015
How every person can play an important role in solutions to local, national and global challenges will be the focus of the first Heuermann series event of the 2015-2016 season on Oct. 21. Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett …
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Students Find Opportunities in Rural Communities

October 2, 2015
Written by: Gillian Klucas When Tanner Nelson left his tiny hometown of Bertrand in south central Nebraska for Lincoln and a college degree, he didn’t believe anyone raised in a city would embrace rural life as he did. Now a …
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Rural Communities Embrace Young Talent

October 2, 2015
Written by: Gillian Klucas When Greg Ptacek answered the phone recently, he found himself talking to a young lawyer looking for a small town in which to build his career. He’d heard good things about Neligh, a town of 1,500 …
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Rural Opportunities Fair to connect students, rural communities

September 23, 2015
University of Nebraska students will have a unique opportunity to connect with representatives of nearly 40 communities, companies and organizations at the first-ever Rural Opportunities Fair, to be held Oct. 21 in Lincoln as a special kickoff to the Rural …
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2015 Rural Futures Conference Oct. 21-22 at NCTA

September 17, 2015
“Hope Inspires Vision” is the theme of the third national Rural Futures Conference, scheduled for Oct. 21-23 in two Nebraska locations, including the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Registration for the conference, which drew a sold-out crowd of …
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Rural Futures Institute program developing young leaders

September 16, 2015
Emerging young leaders in the state will have the opportunity to participate in a series of professional development events this fall thanks to a program of the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute that aims to prepare Nebraska’s next generation …
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CYN co-hosts young leader professional development opportunities

August 27, 2015
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln College of Business Administration will host “Finding Passion at Work”, a learning seminar open to the public, on Thursday, October 1, …
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NCRCRD Webinar: Are We Entrepreneurs?

August 7, 2015
Using Ourselves as a Case Study to Measure the Impact of a Web-based Outreach Project Hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild , Glenn Muske and Connie Hancock Thursday, September 10, 2015 11:00 AM Central Time / 12:00 PM Eastern Time Join the Webinar Download …
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Civic Health Webinar hosted by Connecting Young Nebraskans

July 31, 2015
We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2015 Civic Health webinar. If you were unable to attend, but are interested in learning more about this project, we invite you to enjoy a recording of the webinar. Did you know …
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A View from Down Under: Fostering Capable Rural Communities, An Australian Perspective

July 7, 2015
We would like to thank everyone who attended our presentation of “Fostering Capable Rural Communities” with Dr. Jim Cavaye. If you were unable to attend, but are interested in seeing the view from down under, we invite you to enjoy …
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‘Hope Inspires Vision’ theme of 3rd Rural Futures Conference

July 1, 2015
“Hope Inspires Vision” is the theme of the third national Rural Futures Conference, scheduled for Oct. 21-23 in multiple Nebraska locations. Registration for the conference, which drew a sold-out crowd of more than 500 when it was last held in …
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Rural Futures Institute to Host Opportunities Fair

May 28, 2015
The Rural Futures Institute invites community leaders to come together for the Rural Opportunities Fair on October 21 in Lincoln. This pilot event, in conjunction with the Rural Futures Conference, aims to connect rural communities with university students interested in …
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Rural Futures Institute names new Associate Director

May 4, 2015
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is proud to announce and welcome Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild as the Associate Director. Connie will work closely with the RFI core team to enhance the work of the Institute and …
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New Community Brand Ideas On Agenda at Next Pilger Town Hall Meeting

April 6, 2015
The fourth in a series of Reinvent Pilger community town hall meetings is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at the Wisner City Auditorium. The meeting will begin with a BBQ supper at 5:30 p.m. and adjourn by 9 p.m. Since …
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The 2014 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit provides opportunities for young leaders

November 12, 2014
Kearney, NE – 197 young leaders from across the state of Nebraska came together on November 6th and 7th for the 2014 CYN Summit in Kearney. The summit resulted in the sharing of big ideas, participants energizing each other and …
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Reinventing Pilger

October 15, 2014
Community visions for rebuilding Pilger were sketched out at a town hall meeting in late September, 2014. Small group discussions focused on ideas to replace community infrastructure, businesses and civic buildings after a June 16 tornado destroyed much of the …
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Rural Community Serviceship Program

October 2, 2014
In a captivating video see how groups of students are making real world changes in rural communities. This video showcases a unique RFI grant program developed out of a partnership between Tom Field, Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program, …
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Small Towns Thrive Under Rural Futures Institute

October 2, 2014
KOLN/KGIN TV recently reported on the first series of Rural Futures Institute Regional Forums being held across Nebraska. See the story on 1011now.com » Visit the events page to learn more about the Regional Forums, and to register for the …
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RFI Hosts Regional Forums

August 27, 2014
The University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute will host a series of regional forums this fall aimed at showcasing success stories in Nebraska communities and sharing outcomes of RFI-funded projects that are serving the people of the state.   Registration …
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Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit

August 4, 2014
Registration is now open for the 2014 CYN Summit! Young leaders from Kearney, Hastings and Grand Island are coming together to create a dynamic conference for young leaders across the state of Nebraska. On November 7th, young Nebraskans from across …
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Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Outreach Tour

July 30, 2014
On August 4-5, 2014, Student Attorneys from the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law will travel to Chadron, Scottsbluff, and Broken Bow as part of a rural outreach tour. Student Attorneys John Cantril, Preston Peterson, …
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RFI grant-funded project provides unique student experience while simultaneously impacting a rural community

July 22, 2014
RFI funded a teaching and engagement grant in 2013 to place pairs of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students in Nebraska rural communities to work on a community identified project.  Check out the impact one pair of students is making by spearheading the …
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Funded grants announced

April 28, 2014
Since the Rural Futures Conference this past November, teams have been coming together to submit grant applications for one or both of the Rural Futures Institute’s competitive grant programs. After several rounds and multiple review sessions, the RFI is pleased …
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New Broadband Survey Notes Progress…

April 25, 2014
NEWS RELEASE FROM IANR NEWS SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA                 — New Broadband Survey Notes Progress in Four Years in Nebraska April 24, 2014 New Broadband Survey Notes Progress in Four Years in Nebraska LINCOLN, Neb. — Although elderly and …
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Are you wondering about the next RFI Conference?

April 2, 2014
The next Rural Futures Conference will be in the fall of 2015. The exact dates are TBA. Click here for more information.
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New grants page added to RFI website

March 28, 2014
The RFI competitive grants program now occupies it’s own space on the RFI website. View the grants page.
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“The Great Question Challenge”

February 12, 2014
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, and DuPont Pioneer are partnering to develop a new youth program titled, “The Great Question Challenge”.  The Great Question Challenge is designed to empower high school students to create local …
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Schroeder named founding director

September 24, 2013
Sept. 24, 2013 The newly hired founding executive director of the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute said he’s excited to work with Nebraskans across the state and others to help rethink and revitalize rural life, with a particular emphasis …
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Executive Director Interviews

July 23, 2013
Following a national search, the University of Nebraska identified three finalists for the position of founding executive director of the Rural Futures Institute, a university-wide research, education, policy and engagement institute focused on rural growth and development in Nebraska and …
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Koulopoulos to keynote at 2013 RFC

May 31, 2013
The University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute is preparing for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference—Beyond Boundaries, set for November 3-5, 2013 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference will provide a platform for people from all …
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RFI Director Search

February 27, 2013
Founding Executive Director Rural Futures Institute University of Nebraska [See the full description] The University of Nebraska seeks a visionary and dynamic leader for the position of founding Executive Director of the newly established Rural Futures Institute. Founded in 1869, …
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Research & Engagement Grants Awarded

January 24, 2013
Five grants to receive funding There were sixty-seven research and engagement pre-proposals submitted. Every submission was evaluated by at least three reviewers and the evaluations were used by a seven-member final review committee to select those to be invited to …
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Teaching & Engagement Grants Awarded

January 7, 2013
Six grants to receive funding With an outstanding response to the Teaching and Engagement Development Grants Request for Proposals, each of the 33 submitted applications were evaluated by three reviewers. Those receiving the highest evaluations were forwarded to a final review team who, in …
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Rural Futures Day: September 27, 2012

September 26, 2012
Rural Futures Day On September 27, 2012 the University of Nebraska (NU) will announce plans to form a Rural Futures Institute – pending final approval by the Board of Regents at their October meeting. The announcement will be made in the …
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The Rural Futures Conference Highlight Reel

May 12, 2012
A video summary of the 2012 Rural Futures Conference, held May 8-10, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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