The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is an
independent, nonprofit organization developing local leadership
that responds to the
challenges of the future of small towns and rural communities.
* Research and Evaluation of small towns and rural communities.
* Training through interactive workshops and webinars.
* Facilitation of community planning processes.
* Compiling Information into useful and practical publications for widespread use.
The Heartland Center in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute, the University of Nebraska College of Architecture, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association and Ferguson Development Resources continues helping Pilger, Nebraska reinvent themselves after twin tornadoes destroyed three-fourths of this community on June 16, 2014.
The video below was taken on February 11, 2015 at the Wisner City Auditorium during a Town Hall meeting in which the Heartland Center facilitated. The guest speaker is Greensburg, Kansas mayor Bob Dixson, whose own community was devastated by an EF-5 tornado in 2007.
The Heartland Center id accepting both community and student applications for the 2016 Rural Futures Institute Serviceship Program. This nine-week program sends teams of two University of Nebraska students into communities to work on locally identified projects.