Chad Anderson

City of Pierce
City Administrator
Pierce, Neb.

Graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Masters in Public Administration

2020 Experience

Focus: Community Marketing, Resident Retention and Recruitment

The main focus of this project will be to market Pierce County. Students will help market the county by creating social media videos, blog posts, improve county websites, and create mini commercials and other marketing methods. A community impressions survey will be developed for each community. A secondary project will provide assistance to Plainview in establishing a networking/co-share space in a former community building.

Students: Judith GreyMarie Meis
Peer: Susan Norris

Sponsored By: Pierce County Economic Development

Chad’s Nebraska Story

I grew up on a farm south of Oakland, NE. I attended high school at Oakland-Craig. I went to Wayne State College to get my Bachelor’s Degree. This is where I met my wife, Lisa. After receiving my MPA at UNO, I moved to Pierce in 1999. I have been the City Administrator in Pierce ever since. We have two sons, Kaleb and Colby.

What do you hope to gain?

A better understanding of what it takes to be a mentor for college age students and learn some better leadership skills.

Why do you think it important community leaders have this type of experience in terms of inclusive leadership development?

I think any kind of leadership development is important.

Why is this contribution of students from University of Nebraska significant to you and/or your community?

The students will offer each community a different perspective on things. The students will not only gain a learning experience for themselves but we community leaders will also learn something from them especially when it comes to reaching out to the public via social media.

Why is rural important?

Rural is important because that’s what makes our state unique. It is our identity.

Why does now provide tremendous opportunity to move rural communities forward?

Smaller communities can’t remain stagnant and afraid of change or their community will lose population and eventually die. Now is a good time to move rural communities forward by finding creative ways to bring back high school graduates back to their hometowns. I think you need to take advantage of your strengths as a community and find ways to address your weaknesses.