Dawson Area Development

Dawson Area Development has a current focus of addressing workforce development issues through awareness, career and college readiness, training and facilitating connections between employers, schools and applicants. DAD has recently opened The Central Nebraska Training, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE) Center which houses a collaborative co-working space, training/meeting area and a makerspace that doubles as a mobile STEM lab for seven local school districts.


Dawson County Area Economic Development Council (Dawson Area Development-DAD) exists to promote a spirit of unity and cooperation in order to plan, organize, and effect the future development of the Dawson County area. The Council shall endeavor to diversify the local economy, foster a favorable business climate, help existing businesses grow and expand, retain existing jobs, create new jobs and career opportunities, and develop the area’s resources to their full potential.

The Training, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (TIE) Center provides a maker space, as well as a lounge area. Maker spaces are used as a communal place for people of like-minded interests to meet and collaborate on different projects and innovations. In a maker space, someone can enter with an idea and leave with a completed product. 

The TIE Center offers a variety of amenities, including 24/7 access, Wifi, 3D printers, a laser printer, a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter, and much more.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Tax Credits

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Management Issues

  • Professional / Leadership Development
  • Recruiting Assistance


  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Website Development


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Maker Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
  • Site Location

Professional Development for Child Care

  • Early Child Care Education
  • Early Learning Guidelines
  • Step Up to Quality

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Nebraska Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Credits

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Website Development


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Dawson Area Director
1501 Plum Creek Parkway, Suite 5
Lexington, NE 68850