August  2003      Vol. 12, No. 8  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Nebraska Rural Institute Coming Soon
"Like Lewis & Clark: Explore Your Opportunities" will be the theme for the 8th Annual Nebraska Rural Institute at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City on September 16-18.

The Nebraska Development Network – Northeast Region will be the host for the 2003 Rural Institute. The conference will feature educational workshops and tours for economic and community developers, local government officials, Cooperative Extension educators, volunteers and other rural community leaders, and anyone with an interest in rural development.

This year’s agenda includes a number of dynamic sessions focusing on entrepreneurship and diversity. On Tuesday, September 16, a diversity mobile workshop will take participants to minority-owned businesses in South Sioux City and then to the Winnebago Indian Reservation.

A mobile workshop on Wednesday will travel to communities in the northeast looking at their development efforts, and a second mobile workshop will visit large and small businesses.

On-site sessions include consumer demographics and market strategies, reaching new markets through collaborative lending, and a business owner panel. To view a complete agenda, visit the Institute website at

Karen Linnenbrink, REAP Northeast Business Specialist is helping plan the Institute.

 Contact: Karen Linnenbrink at 402.372.3840 or or Charlotte Narjes, Center for Applied Rural Innovation, 402.472. 1724 or .
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