Rural Futures Institute to Host Opportunities Fair


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 living and working in rural communities.

Similar to a college or career fair, community representatives will be on campus at the University of Nebraska East Campus Union talking with students about internship and career opportunities. Students will be able to ask questions and learn more about communities in the region. More information is available at:

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) recognizes the importance of retaining and attracting talented youth to rural communities. Early successes from RFI programs has shown that providing students with positive experiences in rural communities can be of mutual benefit and lead to new opportunities.

Participants at the Rural Opportunities Fair are also invited to register for the Rural Futures Conference at a reduced rate. The conference kicks off following the Rural Opportunities Fair and runs through October 23. The conference is a gathering of faculty, staff, students, and community partners which aims to forge partnerships, encourage bold ideas, and foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship that builds hope and invigorates the rural landscape.

For more information about the Rural Opportunities Fair and the Rural Futures Conference please visit For the latest information follow Rural Futures on Twitter at or Facebook at

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) is one of four interdisciplinary Institutes at the University of Nebraska that leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the system. The RFI, through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, encourages bold and futuristic approaches to collaboratively address state, national and global challenges.

Rural Futures Institute names new Associate Director

Connie-Reimers-HildThe 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 to develop strong relationships with NU faculty and external partners.

Connie joins the team from her previous role as Unit Leader and Community Vitality Educator at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Kimmel is the first University of Nebraska Extension office in Nebraska funded through a public-private partnership and her role was to blend outreach education with administrative leadership.

Connie has a rich history of co-creating collaborative relationships around leadership, innovation and strategic planning with rural community partners, businesses, stakeholders and educational institutions. She has a working knowledge of rural areas which will provide valuable insight when working with the RFI team to create programs and to provide feedback on the RFI’s competitive grants program.

“We are very excited to welcome Connie to the RFI team. Her background in research and teaching, as well as her work directly in rural communities, are an ideal fit for the Rural Futures Institute” said Chuck Schroeder Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute. “Not only will she bring a wealth of leadership and strategic planning experience but she will also be a great catalyst in creating hope for rural people and places,” said Schroeder.

Reimers-Hild began the new position on May 1. The joint appointment is a 75% administrative assignment with the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) and a 25% appointment with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension.