Message from the President
By Rick Nelsen, 2019 NREDA President

Rain, rain, go away ... I was woken up several times overnight by loud thunder and heavy rain including a couple that rattled our windows. I love listening to storms but much of the country has seen too much moisture this year and most of us are ready for warmer temperatures. We are praying for better weather and a good growing season for our agricultural community, related to the saying, "As ag goes so goes our rural economy."

Highlights this month:

  1. Thanks to your NREDA Board members who traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to meet with our strategic partners and other allies. You will be hearing more about the visits in the coming months, but a common theme was broadband. On behalf of the Board, we offer a special thanks to Past Chair Bruce Nuzum for coordinating the trip.

  2. Mark your calendar for November 6-8 for our 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City. The conference committee, led by conference chair Nikki Pfannenstiel, has nearly completed the conference agenda and registration information should be out around August 1st. A popular past speaker, Janet Ady of Ady Advantage, has just been confirmed to present the Pre-Conference Session on Talent Strategies to be held on Wednesday afternoon.

  3. Last week the board approved a new logo and tagline for NREDA on the recommendation of the Branding Task Force and Publications and Marketing Committee. We are continuing to work with Stone Ward to develop membership and other materials and will unveil the new logo this Fall. I am pleased with the outcome and think it represents NREDA and its purpose well.

Enjoy your summer and, as always, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about NREDA. The first person who contacts me at after reading this message will receive a special gift at the annual conference.