Success Stories

The picture depicts the use of technology to tie two communities and a research consultant into the learning process.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Community Vitality Educators knew small businesses needed access to global markets in order to grow their business in rural America.  The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska received a USDA Rural Business Development technical assistance grant t

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All smiles in their very own home.

Charles and Adrienne Starks moved to Nebraska from Texas in August 2016 with their three   children for Charles new job.

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Mushrooms are grown, harvested, and packaged on the site, then distributed to grocery stores and restaurants.

Nebraska Mushroom, LLC, located in Grand Island, Nebraska, is a small locally owned company that grows and distributes high-quality gourmet mushrooms for restaurants, individual consumers, and wholesalers/distributors.  Products sold include fresh mushrooms, dried mushrooms, and home-grow bags. 

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Groundbreaking for Dane's House at True Purpose Ministries

Just outside Knoxville in East Tennessee there is a group of dedicated individuals determined to give men caught in the cycle of addiction and poverty a new purpose.

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Cooper Family Community Center opened, Friday, June 16, 2017

On June 16, 2014, twin EF4 tornados tore through Stanton County Nebraska, leaving immense devastation and loss in their wake.  One of these monstrous tornadoes ripped through the Village of Pilger, leveling or severely damaging over half of the town’s buildings.  For a community of less than 400

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Harmony Nursery and Daylily Farms is a small business in rural Nebraska that wished to make a move to clean renewable energy while saving money on their daily operating expenses.  In April of 2017 the farm near Bradshaw, Nebraska hosted the Rural  Development Earth Day event.  It was a celebratio

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The new Central City Theater opened April 14, 2017

When small towns lose one of the fixtures that define them, like their school, grocery store, or a keystone employer, it can be  difficult for the residents.  Such was the case when Central City closed their 99 year old decaying and non-compliant state theater.  Merrick County Entertainment Corpo

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CRST Telephone Authority photo

When Ione Lee was 13 years old, there were two telephones in LaPlant, South Dakota. Telephones were a big deal, she said, recalling the 1930s state of technology on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, which is the home of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST).

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The Village of Broadwater was struggling to maintain adequate records and serve their community with a 15 year old computer and a printer that was too slow.  The clerk’s software was outdated but, the computer would not support the new updates and the clerk struggled to maintain and submit report

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New alert system.

The Village of Broadwater’s emergency warning siren was around 70 years old and starting to malfunction.  Even after repairs it was unreliable and not loud enough to alert the entire village.  The village needed a reliable way to alert the residents of an emergency situation. 

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