Our Partners



The Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.


Work With RFI


This list is always incomplete, and we are thankful for that!

We are constantly inspired by motivated and accomplished individuals, communities of place and practice, organizations of incredible purpose, impacts and discoveries of researchers and thought leadership of futurists from around the globe. We are so proud to be constantly and feverishly adding to this list, and we hope you know how much you mean to us and the thriving rural futures we envision.


Allied Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
DuPoint Pioneer
Nebraska Enterprise Fund
Nemaha County Hospital
RMC Laboratory at Mazeno
Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Xpanxion Technologies, LLC


Government Agencies

Buffalo Economic Development
Cherry County Economic Development
Health & Human Services
McCook Economic Devlopment
Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Department of Labor
Nebraska Energy Office
Nebraska Game & Parks
Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association
Nebraska Juvenile Services Division
Nebraska Public Power District
Nebraska State Bar Association
Nebraska Tourism Commission
Ogallala Economic Development
Public Health Department
South Central Economic Development
Urban Development Department
USDA Rural Development
Valley County Economic Development


Art Farm
Asian Cultural and Community Center
Box Butte Development Center
Cedar Point Biological Station
Center for Great Plains Studies
Center for Leadership Development
Center for Public Affairs
Center for Research & Development
Center for Rural Affairs
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
El Comite Latino
Everyday Democracy
Foster Grandparent Program
Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition
GROW Nebraska
Habitat for Humanity
Hartley Neighborhood Association
Heartland Center for Leadership Development
League of Nebraska Municipalities
Lied Center for Performing Arts
Main Street Beatrice
Midlands Mentoring Partnership
Midwest Theater
NamibRand Nature Reserve
Nebraska Alumni Association
Nebraska Art Teachers Association
Nebraska Association of County Officials
Nebraska Campus Compact
Nebraska Center For Applied Rural Innovation
Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraskans for Civic Reform
Neighbor Works
North Central Regional Center for Rural
North Platte Chamber of Commerce
North Platte Concert Association
Petrified Wood Art Museum
Phelps County Development Corporation
Platte Valley Literacy Association
Salina Art Center
Senior Corps of America
Sheldon Art Museum
Southern Heights Food Forest
The Aspen Institute
The St. Francis Hospital Foundation

University and Colleges

Central Community College
Chadron State College
Doane University
Duke University
Grand Canyon University
Iowa State University
Louisiana State University
Michigan State University
Mount Empire Community College
North Dakota State University
Peru State College
Purdue University
Sinte Gleska University
South Dakota State University
University of Colorado
University of Missouri
University of Montana
University of Virginia-Wise
Wayne State College


Thanksgiving Gratitude 2018


With Gratitude


During the month of Thanksgiving, we took some extra time to dive into some of our partnerships. Take a look at the projects, students and content outcomes of these relationships that are so important to meeting our mission!

Nebraska Extension

Nebraska Community Foundation

Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska


University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business & Technology

University of Nebraska at Omaha Public Affairs and Community Service

Japan Society

University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health


Resources from the University of Nebraska



Through the Rural Futures Institute and other initiatives, the University of Nebraska works to create a thriving rural future for the state. This means providing access to education that encourages leadership and entrepreneurial development and focusing on recruitment and retention efforts by creating economic development opportunities, health care access, technology connectivity and more.

Video features: Charles Bicak, University of Nebraska at Kearney Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; B.J. Reed, University of Nebraska at Omaha Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dele Davies, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Michael Boehm, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Vice Chancellor for Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources


Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN)
Recruits & educates students in behavioral health fields and trains & retains professionals already in the workforce.


Buffett Early Childhood Institute
Transforming the lives of young children by improving their learning and development.


Center for Great Plains Studies
Fosters the study of the people and the environment of Great Plains, while operating the Great Plains Art Museum and the Plains Humanities Alliance.


Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development
Focuses on innovation, outreach, collaboration, research and education in rural communities.


Community Vitality Initiative
Making the good life great.


Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
Builds enterprises that contribute value to agriculture and communities by nurturing, challenging and equipping entrepreneurial talent.


National Center for Research on Rural Education
Works to improve rural educational access and establish an infrastructure for conducting research and leadership related to rural education.


Nebraska Bureau of Business Research
Applied economic and business research entity of the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Nebraska Business Development Center
Helps strengthen Nebraska businesses for a healthy economy and prosperous communities.


Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Conducts research through grant-funded projects, provide comprehensive grant support, and share research findings across audiences and platforms.


Nebraska Rural Poll
Annual survey that gathers the aggregated voice of rural Nebraskans and relays its findings to state lawmakers, ensuring the rural voice is heard.


Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
Combines the best of the University’s expertise in water and food to address the challenges of improving the use and management of water in agriculture.


Center for Public Affairs Research
The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Public Affairs and Community Service, CPAR seeks to provide and support the collection and wide dissemination of public affairs knowledge locally and nationally to directly improve the quality of lives of residents of Nebraska or support the capacity of other agencies to do so. 


Rural Health Programs
The University of Nebraska Medical Center addresses the special needs of rural Nebraska by encouraging rural residents to pursue health care careers.

Rural Health Opportunities Program
Addresses the special needs of rural Nebraska by encouraging rural residents to pursue a career in the health care fields.

Rural Law Opportunities Program
Aims to ensure all Nebraskans have access to legal representation by encouraging the practice of law in the state’s rural communities.

University of Nebraska SourceLink Resource Navigator
Links entrepreneurs and community leaders to solutions and opportunities from the University of Nebraska via one online platform.