Catch Up With Chuck Episode 18 Rural Economic Development with Neb. DED Director David Rippe


Mar. 15, 2018

Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is David Rippe, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. He is passionate about Nebraska’s economic vitality in all parts of the state.

Leadership is important to Rippe, and he believes that communities require strong leadership to move forward and shape their future. His vision for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is to work with the University and its partners, including the Rural Futures Institute, to develop the next generation of leaders that will help rural Nebraska and beyond to thrive.

Thriving and successful communities require investment, initiative and leadership to position themselves as a best choice for worthwhile living. Rippe believes that all components of a community must work together and come together in the spirit of collaboration toward the end goal.

“The communities that will be successful will be the ones that take the investment, the initiative and the leadership to position themselves as communities of choice.”

-David Rippe


The Rural Futures Institute believes that one of the characteristics of a successful community is a hopeful vision backed by grit. Rippe also believes that communities in Nebraska and beyond need to have leadership and grit to take control of shaping their own futures.

The mission of the Rural Futures Institute is to “harness the intellectual energy of the University of Nebraska and its partners to positively impact the future of humankind.” Rippe agrees that collaboration among the government, University and private business is crucial to Nebraska’s rural dimension and the state’s success.


Catch Up With Chuck is Facebook Live series with Rural Futures Institute Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder. Airing most Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (CST) on RFI’s Facebook Page, Chuck uses this time to discuss critical rural topics and the latest about RFI while answering viewers’ questions. Stay in touch with Catch Up With Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute through Facebook and Twitter. We will be back soon with another episode looking at rural people and places, success stories, innovators, thinkers and doers who are making rural communities a legitimate best choice for worthwhile living.