Message from the President
By Nikki Pfannenstiel, 2020 NREDA President

Where has the time gone?

It’s hard to believe that we are flipping the calendar to November already. As I was reflecting on the year and this message, I just realized that I only have two more months to serve as your NREDA President. Where has the time gone?

Your NREDA Board and leadership have been hard at work on multiple initiatives Below are just a few things we can highlight as accomplishments.

• Developing a strategic plan that is flexible, committed, and member focused.

• Establishing a well-attended webinar series for ongoing educational opportunities.

• An annual conference that is designed to support challenging issues relevant to many rural communities.

And so much more…

Even more importantly, I know you are hard at work in your communities as we continue to battle the challenges of the global pandemic. In case you haven’t heard it lately, I appreciate all the hard work that you do to support rural development. Many of you are on the top of your game 24/7— especially during a global pandemic—and I want you to know how much it means to have such dedicated, passionate people supporting rural development efforts across the country and in our Association. NREDA needs you, and you continue to deliver.

I look forward to seeing you all in a few short days at NREDA’s first ever virtual conference. Connecting with you all and learning at the same time is the best way to re-energize and get inspiration. I’m reminded of this quote from Newt Gingrich, “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” Focus on progression.

Until next time…