Shawn Kaskie

Outreach Project Coordinator

Shawn Kaskie brings the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Engagement Nexus to life, directly connecting rural Nebraska leaders to University of Nebraska research faculty and students as well as Nebraska Extension’s Community Vitality Initiative. Convening these partners, Shawn stimulates, facilitates and contributes to research and application projects in critical areas for rural areas of the state.

Currently, he is an integral part of the Nebraska Statewide Barometer team and Nebraska SourceLink effort, both of which have received RFI funding.

Shawn also serves as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the College of Business and Technology.

He is a certified Professional Community & Economic Developer, and a former Gallup Entrepreneurship Acceleration System Guide, Business Retention & Expansion consultant, and NxLevel Entrepreneurship Instructor.

Shawn is pursuing a Ph.D. in the UNL Ag Leadership (ALEC) program. He has a master’s degree in regional planning and undergraduate majors in Public Administration, Sociology, and Psychology from Hastings College. He has experience providing in community economic development and market research services to more than 60 communities in over a dozen rural Midwest counties throughout Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin and in Papua New Guinea as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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