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.
A new cadre of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will be spending their summer helping rural Nebraska communities build capacity in a variety of ways.
In Brownville, Emily and Kelsey will develop a business/marketing plan to promote Brownville as a tourism destination. They will engage business and organization leaders to plan, develop, and promote unique historical, artistic and cultural features.
Tanner will be in Cambridge where he will develop an alumni engagement and communication plan to attract people of various ages and life stages to return home to the community. Target markets include graduating seniors, college grads, young families/professionals and retirees.
Kate and Brianna will work in O'Neill creating a model for a high school entrepreneurship curriculum for Holt County schools and an internship program for middle and high school students.
Darcy and Kenzee are in Stuart developing a marketing and communications plan, including a website, to connect with community members, volunteers and target donors to the community’s endowment fund.
The interns will be blogging about their experience and this information will be posted on the the tab above (Rural Futures Intern Program) as well as the Heartland Center Facebook page.
This is the third year of the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute funded project. Other partners include the Office of Student Involvement, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, the Nebraska Human Resources Institute and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.