REAP Specialist Phil Menke Now Retired
Phil Menke, REAP Southwest/Central Business Specialist,
retired as of December 31, 2005. Phil was hired by the
Center for Rural Affairs in September 1997 and served as
a REAP Business Specialist until his recent retirement.
Prior to working at the Center, Phil was a long-time
Center for Rural Affairs Board member and also worked
for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cooperative
Extension for many years.
Responsible for implementing key REAP services in the
southwest/central region of the state, Phil’s work with
the Center as a REAP Business Specialist over the past
eight years has been fruitful and has made a great
difference. Phil helped a number of small businesses in
the start-up or expansion phase through technical
assistance, loans, training, and networking (see Lisa
Budd's success story).
Phil added, “I was proud to work with the Center for
Rural Affairs REAP program. REAP is a very good program
and serves the needs of rural entrepreneurs. Many of the
people we work with are considered underdogs, and I have
been proud to work for them. I will keep fighting for
Characterized by a great passion and attitude for his
work with the Center for Rural Affairs, Phil will be
greatly missed. We wish him well as he enters retirement
and thank him for all he has done for rural Nebraska.
People seeking REAP services from the southwest/central
area of Nebraska should contact REAP Program Co-Director
Jeff Reynolds at 402.656.3091 until a new REAP
specialist is in place.