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And we’re back…

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My apologies for the lack of  postings lately.  I’ve been out of the office nearly all week at the Nebraska Travel and Tourism annual conference, *and* fighting illness along with rest of my family.  Not good!  Wash your hands kids, and if you’re sick, stay home!

I did have the opportunity to present with two other panelists at the conference, Steph Romanski from the GI Independent and Dawn Ream, Marketing and Comunications Director @ the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.  Our focus was social media and its impact on communications in a socially wired world.   I shared the good news found in Ord, shots from our new website and many other bits of info from our efforts as of late.  You can peek at my presentation here.  Attendee feedback was positive and we entertained a packed house with our social media soapbox.  Good times!

At VCED, we have a multitude of other activities coming up as well:  our quarterly report will be released this coming week, the Economic Development Board is meeting Wednesday @ noon (welcome back Helen Cullers!), and an associate, Tim Erickson, will be joining us to talk about solutions to address business challenges in Valley County.  This corresponds with a suvey we developed a couple months ago developing online tools to promote Chamber businesses and increase local business development opportunities.  You can refresh your memory on that survey here.

We have a handful of other projects simmering as well – many in relation to the deployment of the expanded Ord Learning Center with CCC.  We’ve applied for an RCDI grant with the USDA Rural Development to deploy a rural entrepreneurship academy.  While there is no guarantee we’ll win the grant, there is a good chance this could go a long way in establishing an innovative educational framework to grow more local entrepreneurs.  Stay tuned!

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Written by Caleb

October 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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