Community Economic Development – Rural Prosperity Nebraska (RPN) – Southern Panhandle

Rural Prosperity Nebraska harnesses boots-on-the-ground efforts of Nebraska Extension professionals working in six focus areas. Community Economic Development serves as one of the six pillars of focus.


Counties Served: Arthur, Banner, Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, & Scotts Bluff 

To enhance citizen well-being, communities need to grow a vibrant, competitive, and resilient economy. Rural Prosperity Nebraska has an evolving portfolio of tools and programs that can be tailored to a community’s assets and aspirations. The Community Economic Development team works in partnership with community leaders to build a stronger foundation for long-term sustainability and growth. Our goal is to help communities become destinations for new residents, new businesses, and renewed vitality.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Professional / Leadership Development

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Nebraska Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
Primary Contact
Jamie Bright
920 Jackson Street
PO Box 356
Sidney, NE 69162