Cambridge, Neb. (pop.1,063) has earned designation in the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Certified Leadership Community Program. It is the fifth community to earn certification, joining Tecumseh, Madison, Central City and Neligh.
“If not for the foresight, drive, and determination of the Cambridge Economic Development Board to work towards being a Certified Leadership community, receiving this certification would not have been possible,” said Cambridge Mayor Mark Harpst. “The leaders who are the members of this board are continuing the progressive trends of the forefathers of Cambridge. They are willing to do what it takes to keep Cambridge the ‘Can Do’ community that it is.”
“‘Life is Good’ in Cambridge, Nebraska, and we are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to ensure that we have a positive rural future,” said Ashley Rice-Gerlach, executive director of Cambridge Economic Development. “There is this misconception that rural Nebraska communities are dying, which couldn’t be further from the truth here. Cambridge is alive and well; ready and willing to tackle any issues that may arise. The community is willing to this because it wants to ensure that our younger residents have a place they can call “home” now or in the future—a place in which they are excited to live, work and play.”
Cambridge has amassed an impressive list of achievements:
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development created the program in 2011 with the purpose of helping smaller Nebraska communities deal head-on with challenges and change. Communities must demonstrate having a solid planning and implementation process in place. Communities also must actively take advantage of technology, or be willing to learn to meet program objectives.
Applicant communities are evaluated in:
For information about Cambridge’s ongoing efforts, contact Ashley Rice-Gerlach at 308-607-3711.
For information about the Certified Leadership Development Community Program, contact Kelly Gewecke at email@example.com , 308-6273151, or visit https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/program/leadership-certified-community/
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