Deb Kennedy

Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

Broken Bow, Neb.

Graduate of the University of Sioux Falls

Focus: Economic and Workforce Development, Community Marketing, Youth Retention/Recruitment

The students will develop a ‘Custer County Intern Experience Program’ to connect all summer interns throughout the businesses in Custer County and provide a platform to interact and heighten chances of attracting them back to the community at the conclusion of their internship/schooling. Students will also focus on marketing the county by creating marketing videos showcasing story highlight reels of people and businesses that make the community great. The ability to work remotely and the applicable skills necessary will be promoted and ways to better leverage the 2020 Nebraska Passport program will be promoted.

Students: Aline AbayoMegan Tofflemire
Innovators: Andrew AmbrizDeb Kennedy

Sponsored By: Custer Economic Development Corporation

Deb’s Nebraska Story

I was born and raised in Broken Bow, the third of four children. My daddy worked at a local grocery store, and mom was a stay at home mom. My parents both showed me that hard work and dedication to what you love truly pays! The greatest lessons they taught me revolve around loving those you hold dear and being the best example of Jesus to those around me. Bringing honor to my family, friends and faith is what keeps me motivated to be the best person I can be.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I feel like mentorship is one of the greatest gifts we can share with the generations to come, and I look forward to learning more skills to mentor to the best of my ability.

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

Everyone has their own picture of what leadership is and having a common goal will be important.

Why is this contribution of students from NU significant to you and your community?

Being a rural community, we are cognizant of the importance of college age students finding a niche in rural Nebraska. We hope to show students the value in choosing rural for their future.

Why is rural important?

In my opinion, the rural community serves as the backbone of America. In a rural community you have to learn to “play well with others” and work together for common good.