June   2004      Vol. 13, No. 6  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP NOTES

Economic Development 101 Training for REAP
REAP staff Glennis McClure, Monica Braun, Jerry Terwilliger, and Karen Linnenbrink will be participating in the ED 101 Economic Development course in June.

The week-long training June 7-11 in Lincoln, Nebraska is presented by the National Development council and provides a conceptual framework for the many roles of financing business development. The course is the first of a series that can lead to certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional.

The course will cover economic development finance concepts and systems, business credit analysis, balance sheets, and economic development programs and resources. REAP specialists will be able to apply their knowledge in our rural communities.

SBA Award Presented
REAP staff presented a “Certificate of Excellence” award to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Omaha District Office at the REAP Staff Retreat on April 21, 2004 at Columbus, Neb. SBA Lead Economic Development Specialist Michael Niehaus accepted the award. The REAP program recently reached the $2,000,000 plateau for lending history in the program. The SBA Omaha District Office has been instrumental in REAP’s progress through grants and other assistance.

SASBA Chair Joins Center Staff
Russ Gifford has been hired as the new Communications and Development Director at the Center for Rural Affairs.

A veteran REAP member, Russ chairs the Siouxland Area Small Business Association (SASBA) and was named REAP Officer of the Year for 2003. He has been doing training on sales, e-commerce, marketing, fund raising, Microsoft Office and building effective groups and boards. In addition, Russ is a frequent guest and political commentator on Sioux City radio. He has played a major role as a volunteer fund raiser for the public radio station in Sioux City.

Author of an acclaimed 10-part series on Lewis and Clark’s Expedition, Russ has published more than 200 articles and feature stories in local, regional, and national magazines. Russ has extensive background in communications technology. He negotiated an agreement between the City of South Sioux and Cable ONE which will save over a million dollars in capital investments.

Over the last 20 years the Center for Rural Affairs has been the leading source of ideas for revitalizing agricultural communities. Russ will lead our efforts to become the nation’s most powerful voice for Rural America over the next 20 years.

Online REAP Directory
The Directory will launch this month. Please return your REAP Permission Sheet so your business can be included in the REAP Member Directory. The Permission Form is available on the website (MS Word document).

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