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Message from the President

Jim Vermeer, NREDA President

NREDA Survey

From the NREDA Board of Directors: The National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) Board of Directors is interested in your opinions about the services NREDA provides. We are especially sensitive to the impact of the national economy on rural economic development and would like to identify opportunities to provide enhanced value to our members.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and for doing so you will be entered in a random drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. We are asking that all surveys be completed by the end of the day Friday, December 22nd. The survey can be taken by using this link: We will keep your individual comments confidential; aggregated results will be shared with the NREDA Board. If you have any questions about the survey or have any problems with it please contact Mike Claborn/Nebraska Public Power District, or 402-563-5699. Once again, thank you for taking the time to provide us input so we can better serve our member's needs.

NREDA Leadership Awards

In recognition of outstanding leadership in the field of rural economic development, the NREDA seeks to honor deserving individuals across America. Nominees may be economic development professionals or rural electric cooperative/rural telephone staff or board members. Nominees are those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in an economic development project resulting in the improvement of the quality of life, creation of new jobs, and opportunity for growth and development in rural America.

Click here for a list of previous NREDA Award winners.

Receiving the 2017 President's Award is Trista Fugate, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Johnson City, TX. Picture with Trista is NREDA President Jim Vermeer.

Also receiving the 2017 President's Award is Mary McLaury, formerly with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Arlington VA. NREDA President Jim Vermeer made the presentation.

Accepting the 2017 Organization Excellence Award is Clancy Courtney for South Carolina Power Team, Columbia, SC pictured with NREDA President Jim Vermeer.

The 2017 Organization Excellence Award was also presented to Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, Algona, IA. Picture L to R: NREDA President Jim Vermeer, Nominator Jed Skogerboe, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Maureen Elbert KPACEDC, and Norm Fandel, Midland Power Cooperative.

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