Happy Economic Development Week!
We here at the NPPD Economic Development team are thrilled to have the opportunities we have to help support the economic growth of all the communities served by NPPD, and Economic Development Week gives us a chance to reflect on some of the great things we’ve recently been a part of, and one of those recent activities has been the Energizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (E3) program launched last fall.
E3 is a three-year community-building experience that works with communities to bolster their entrepreneurial ecosystems. Six Nebraska communities will go through a three-year pear learning experience to build locally-driven, community-centric entrepreneurial ecosystems in Valley County, Holt County, Keith County, McCook, Sidney, and Red Cloud.. The E3 process will help build an economic development strategy unique to the local community, focused on assets and opportunities, to create more economic activity.
Through the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Nebraska Community Foundation, NetWork Kansas and Valley County Economic Development worked closely to design and launch the Energizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, or E3, program.
Nicole Sedlacek, NPPD Economic Development Manager, has been a part of the E3 Core Team, and is excited to see the energy and conversations the communities are having and the work they are initiating at the local level to come together and focus on the long-term economic health of the region.
“NPPD is excited to be a part of this statewide initiative to help build community and support entrepreneurial ecosystems. When a community is strong, its economy is strong, and E3 is designed to help leaders in the community design a strategy that is focused on their own unique assets and opportunities,” said Sedlacek.
Programs like E3 are a great reminder that there are driven individuals in every community who want to help push their village, town or city into the future. And they help remind us here at NPPD Economic Development that the services we provide can help empower these individuals and their communities!
Our mission. . .
“Increase economic development opportunities by preparing and strengthening communities while focusing on business retention, expansion, and attraction activities.”