Brittney Emerson

Agricultural Leadership
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2020 Community: Auburn, Nemaha County

Focus: Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Workforce Training

The primary project will involve creating a great marketing and research effort with a strong community campaign to secure passage of LB840, the local option municipal economic development act that authorizes incorporated cities to collect and appropriate local tax dollars for economic development purposes. Additional projects will include entrepreneurship, coding camp and mobile STEM lab promotion, business recruitment and workforce training.

Students: Brittney EmersonEmma Hoffschneider
Innovators: Julia OestmannKim Beger

Sponsored By: Auburn Development Council, Nemaha County Development Foundation Fund, Nemaha County Hospital

Why did you choose the Fellowship Program?

I chose to apply to be an RFI Fellow because I have had several sorority sisters that have taken part in this program and enjoyed their time. It is a new opportunity for me to grow as an individual and a leader.

What do you hope to gain?

I hope to gain experience for the future and critical thinking skills. I know that this will force me out of my comfort zone.

Why is it important that students develop inclusive leadership development?

Everyone has different beliefs, values and opinions. Having opportunities like this that immerse us into leadership positions with diverse followers helps students like myself to understand how to solve an issue with the resources available as well as be more open-minded to those willing to help.

Why should students work in rural communities?

The great thing about rural communities is that the people are all kind and welcoming. Community members are looking to improve their place they call home, and if the students through this experience can help them do that then I think that can have a huge impact on both parties.

Why is it important students give back to Nebraska?

Growing up, students are dependent on everything around them to help them grow up into successful adults. It is important that students are grateful for what they have been given and show it by giving back to those things that they used to depend on so that new generations can continue to give and take what is needed for their success.

What new opportunities exist today to help move rural communities forward? What are your ideas?

We continue to move forward, and we should make sure we take our rural communities with us. These communities can be known for being slow-paced and that’s not all bad, but as far as changes for the better, I hope that someday by introducing innovative trends and technology to rural areas as they are becoming popular in urban areas will help improve these communities.