The University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute is already impacting residents in the two years it was established. Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder says they focus on building relationships with local community leaders who want to see growth. This program supports N-U faculty research and engagement projects and student service programs to build relationships with community leaders to help them secure a sound foundation that includes workforce development, health care to recruitment of companies to relocate.
The Institute’s latest project focused on the community of Neligh. They worked with the Neligh Economic Development Office to help promote their town of 1,600 as a great place to live and do business. The Rural Futures Institute had a new service program that sends students around the state to work with community leaders to help solve challenges. Students produced a series of videos called “This is My Neligh” that city leaders can use to tell potential new residents about what the community has to offer.
Other communities that have benefited from the Institute include Kimball, Valentine, Holdrege, Ord, Red Cloud and Seward.
The students earn credits for their work on the service projects.