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Local High School Entrepreneurs Offer an Alternative

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We’re back to broadcasting after a nice deer hunting trip to Valentine, Nebraska this weekend, courtesy of my fellow colleague Mike Burge.  The weekend provided great weather and awe-inspiring natural wonders.  If you ever get a chance to check out the Niobrara River and McKelvey National Forest, I encourage you to do so.

In our January Area Chamber newsletter I wrote a bit about how rural entrepreneurship offers an alternate economic development strategy to grow local economies and enhance the local tax base without spending a great deal of time and effort focusing on chasing smokestacks in a contracting economy.

Here in Valley County, we have a wealth of entrepreneurial spirit that’s fostered in our local high schools.  Take a look here to read more about the Business Fair for the Entrepreneurship Class at Ord High School.

In the newsletter I commented that the “growth and enhancement of Derry Trampe’s entrepreneurship class offers a clear pathway for economic development efforts to impact educational outcomes in our community…Providing a pathway for local youth to grow their dream into a business reality addresses several challenges facing rural communities like economic stagnation and graduate outmigration.”

As many of you have noted, an economic recession is the mother of entrepreneurship and innovation.  In these trying times, developing a more robust entrepreneurship program that includes low interest loans, start-up investment, in-kind services and low cost leasing on bricks and mortar are just a few ways to accomplish that goal.  Unfortunately, not many rural communities offer that holistic wrap-around culture.  A passionate read at the Daily Yonder offers some insight into other communities utilizing the school to address challenges and opportunities in rural areas.

If you want to read more on the general musings around Ord and a more complete catalogue of Chamber and Economic Development information, click here.

Stay warm out there.


Written by Caleb

January 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm

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  1. Derry Trampe been instrumental in teaching e-ship at OHS and deserves a lot of credit. Other teachers who have really done a lot to promote e-ship in the schools are Dave Ference, Jennifer Remmereid (both from OHS) and Mindy Conner in Arcadia.
    Hats off!

    Nancy Glaubke

    January 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

  2. […] As I’ve stated before, the recession provides a case for further investment entrepreneurship.  I believe this phenomena can assist rural communities in competing globally along with maintaining a local tax base.  The microenterprise data suggests that case is a valid one. […]

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