Broken Bow Showcased at Sandhills Summit 2015

By Courtesy – Sep 12, 2015

Broken Bow and other three other Central Nebraska communities (O’Neill, Ord and Valentine) were recently showcased at the Sandhills Summit 2015 event held in Valentine on August 26-28. The event, sponsored by a small group of business leaders from the Rural Renaissance Group, was organized to foster economic development in rural Nebraska and see it prosper.

The Rural Renaissance Group partnered with the Central Nebraska Economic Development District, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), to invite businesses located in Nebraska, or businesses that had Nebraska ties to the event. Participants were able to learn more about how these leader communities are working to enhance opportunities for future business growth, and how they can develop partnerships to expand that growth. Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Adrian  Smith and Nebraska Economic Development Director Brenda Hicks-Sorenson were featured speakers at the kickoff reception, and each spoke about how important rural Nebraska communities are to the success of the entire state.

This was a unique opportunity for businesses and resource leaders to learn more about business opportunities and celebrate the quality of life Broken Bow and the other communities have to offer to businesses and their employees. The event, held at the Prairie
Club in Valentine, provided an excellent setting for networking and learning, interaction with local businesses, a sight-seeing tour, golf, and a fun-filled Western quick draw contest. “Broken Bow would like to thank the Nebraska Rural Renaissance Group for inviting Broken
Bow and the Custer County Economic Development Corp. to participate in the 2015 Sand Hills Summit,” says Brent Clark, City Administrator. “This was a phenomenal opportunity to showcase all the positive economic development that Broken Bow and Custer County has achieved in recent years. We felt there were many positive relationships built during the event that will be very beneficial to Rural Nebraska for many years to come. The event far exceeded our expectations!”

The Rural Renaissance Group is made up of a number of private Nebraska businesses. Rural Renaissance members and other sponsors of the event included, but were not limited to: First National Bank of Omaha (Omaha), DLR Group (Omaha), Great Plains Communications (Blair), Kutak Rock LLP (Omaha), J.J. Palmtag Inc. (Nebraska City), NPPD, OPPD, Nebraska Telecommunciations Association (Lincoln).

The Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) serves 14 counties in Central Nebraska.