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Positive Psychology for Winter Blues

November 16, 2017
  By Crystal Ramm, Central Community College Ord Learning Center Manager & Regional Coordinator Winter is coming, and in some parts of Nebraska, snow has already made an unexpected and untimely appearance. There is nothing like trick-or-treating with mittens, stocking …
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Share Your Nebraska Pride—Be a Good Life Ambassador!

November 9, 2017
  By Allison Hatch, Talent Attraction Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development The Department of Economic Development (DED) and our partners are launching an exciting new initiative this fall called the Good Life Ambassadors, to bring together citizens …
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Get a Business Card and Use it Effectively

October 19, 2017
First off, networking is interacting with another person. I commonly think of networking as a face-to-face interaction with someone you most likely don’t know. It is a way to create a link between you and that other person. A business card is a professional way of sharing printed contact information with that new connection.
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Why Taking Time to Plan Pays Off

October 12, 2017
As somewhat of a professional planner, here are three steps I’ve found to be the most helpful:
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Young Professionals And Their Powerful Rural Impact

October 5, 2017
First of all, I think the term “young professional” gets misused frequently. Many young workers across the state (and country) don’t necessarily see themselves as professionals if they are not sitting in an office or wearing a suit and tie. We like to think of young professionals as a group of like-minded individuals who come together for a common focus and conversation on issues specific to our demographic, regardless of profession.
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The Student Side of “Serviceship”

September 29, 2017
  By Emily Coffey, 2017 RFI Serviceship Intern & Current Serviceship Ambassador In August, RFI wrapped up its fifth year of summer RFI Student Serviceship. This year’s interns lived in McCook, North Platte, West Point and York, working on major …
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Young Nebraskans Week

September 14, 2017
By 2018, employers will see as many as five generations working side by side. More than 60 million baby boomers will exit the workforce, and by 2025, only 40 million new workers will enter to replace them. Advancements in technology will help elevate some labor shortages but not in all sectors. Estimates suggest millennials could make up as much as 75% of the U.S. workforce by 2025.
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Leadership Skills: Being A Doer To Become A Leader

September 5, 2017
I’ve never considered myself a “leader.” My philosophy has always been to do and steer. Meeting gets out of hand; get it back on point. People are complaining about a constant problem; address said problem.
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Hosting RFI Serviceship

August 31, 2017
This summer the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska partnered with 31 organizations to send 10 student interns into rural communities for nine-week “serviceships,” or service internships. Projects the students worked on varied greatly depending on the needs of each host community; however, the ultimate goal of each serviceship was to make a positive, quantifiable impact for rural.
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Millennial Game Changers: A Part of Something Bigger

August 24, 2017
We hear it all the time. The talk about specific individuals doing momentous things that are challenging and inspire the way we live and think—and in a really big way. Millennials often get a bad rap for challenging the status quo on not only how we live, but also in the workplace. This generation, now the largest generation in the workforce, has decided to not just play the game, but change the way the game is played.
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3 Ps of Successful Community & Economic Development: Purpose, Perseverance & Positivity

August 18, 2017
I have served in the realm of economic and community development in our fine state for most of my adult life. While it has been my paid gig these past 10 years, I have come to realize that it takes everyone in the community to be successful—not just those of us who serve in paid positions
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The Power of Positivity and Volunteerism

August 10, 2017
Cody is a village of about 150 people, but it’s so much more than that. I have a soft spot for the people from my hometown and surrounding areas, because they collectively taught me throughout my life that I can make a difference even if it is on a small scale. Overall, my community has given and taught me so much that I feel the need to try to show my gratitude by volunteering as best as I can.
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What Meal Planning Can Do For You — And Nebraska

August 4, 2017
Nebraska Extension helps Nebraskans enhance their lives through research-based education. Food, Nutrition and Health include one of Nebraska Extension’s focus areas for educational programming. Delivering research and evidence based programming can have a significant impact on the health and well being for the people of Nebraska.
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Culture & Entertainment For Young Nebraskans

July 19, 2017
It is so important for young people in general to feel like they have a purpose and that they are a part of something. Because Nebraska is made up of rural communities, it is especially important that young Nebraskans have the opportunity to feel this way. Entertainment and culture are great ways to do that. Both bridge gaps and prevent people from feeling like they are missing out on something.
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Growing Our State Through People Attraction, Retention & Development

July 13, 2017
As the “talent attraction coordinator” for Nebraska’s Department of Economic Development (DED), my business is growing Nebraska. My team is dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing the people of Nebraska to match the growing job opportunities here.
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CYN Blog | Abigail Frank | Neligh, Neb.

June 30, 2017
CYN steering team member Abigail Frank from Neligh, Nebraska, is on the blog! In her vlog she shares about her background, her inspirations, her experiences with CYN, the importance of volunteering and more!
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Shrinking The Rural Leadership Gap

June 22, 2017
What happens when the leaders in your community retire, move or step down? Is there a leadership succession plan happening in your community? Is the next generation of leaders being mentored?
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