Cozad, Neb.

Project Description

Cozad’s Serviceship interns will address the community’s priority project of housing by conducting a complete inventory that will include the condition, ownership, and tax status of each vacant property. The housing inventory will greatly advance Cozad’s efforts toward rehabilitation, code enforcement, and re-occupancy. Additionally, Serviceship interns will take the lead to revitalize the highway corridors, which offers the first impression of the community and is critical to attracting new investment to Cozad.

Host Team

  • Jen McKeone (Lead)
  • Susan Kloepping
  • Laura Rody
  • Kirk Riley
  • Laurie Yocum


Christy Cooper

Hometown: Waverly, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Education

Shelby Utech

Hometown: Hubbard, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Economics

The Latest

June 1, 2018

In Cozad, we hit the ground running during our first couple of weeks. We’ve attending multiple meetings including, but not limited to, Cozad City Council, Rotary, and the Cozad Development Corporation Citizens Board. We’ve already gotten one project almost wrapped up and are working hard on several small tasks that have been overlooked for too long. The people in Cozad are marvelous—we can’t wait to build more connections in town!

The past two weeks, Shelby assisted with Cozad’s first Biz Kids Camp. There were ten middle school students that had four days of classroom instruction from Janita Pavelka, Entrepreneurship Educator. Shelby shared some of her entrepreneurial experiences with the students as well as helped prepare them to start their businesses. The biz kid students learned from local entrepreneurs and businesspeople, the UNL-Extension EntrepreneurShip Investigation curriculum, which led to everyone starting a new business.  Shelby will help these students launch their businesses at Music Monday in Cozad on June 4th.

All Week Two Updates