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

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:

Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Jefferson, Kearney, Nuckolls, Saline, Thayer, Webster


To enhance citizen well-being, communities need 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

Business Planning

  • Demographic/Census Data

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Revitalization

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Professional / Leadership Development


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding

Human Resources

  • Workforce Incentives

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects


  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Website Development


  • Peer Mentoring

Nonprofit Development

  • Technical Services

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

  • Accelerators

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Nebraska Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Jason Tuller
225 North 4th Street
Room 104
Hebron, NE 68370