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NPPD economic development consultant visits Beatrice

Monday, August 19, 2013

Article by Beatrice Daily Sun

The NGage board of directors heard a special presentation from an economic development consultant during the group’s regular Thursday meeting.

Keith Ellis, economic development consultant for Nebraska Public Power District, has more than 30 years working with economic development.

He visited Beatrice Thursday where he discussed what role the board members should play in the group.

“You’ve established yourself as NGage over the last year or so, and with any organization you go through all of those tough times and trials and tribulations of getting organized and you do spend a lot of capital, whether it’s political or human, in your community building that organization,” he said. “I think the thing I’ve learned most about communities that have successful economic development comes from leadership.”

Due to Ellis’ broad reach across the area, board members asked what he’s hearing other communities say about Beatrice.

His response was that Beatrice has a reputation of being successful at attracting businesses dating back 20 years, and much of the state is watching.

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