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The Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking an executive director following an announcement that Lora Young resigned from the position.

The Chamber announced Tuesday morning that Young had resigned, effective immediately, as director of the chamber of commerce, which advocates for members and works to grow the local culture and economy.

Karen Stohs, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, said the group is currently taking applications for a new director to lead the day-to-day operations of the Chamber.

“We are going to begin seeking and interviewing candidates immediately to fill that position,” she said. “We’re getting that posted on the Nebraska Department of Labor website today and are hoping to draw in candidates from all over Nebraska or anywhere throughout the states, trying to find that candidate that is going to help us grow Beatrice and Gage County.”

Stohs said the Chamber Board hopes to have a director hired in the next month, leading into the summer activity season that includes Homestead Days in June and the Gage County Fair in July.

In the meantime, the Chamber Board’s executive committee, including Stohs, Jeff Davis, Patrick Ethridge, Jim Nelson and Jennifer Vrtiska, will work to fill the void.

Stohs commended Young for her efforts at the Chamber, including working to draw crowds to the area last August for the total solar eclipse.

“She’s done some awesome things in Beatrice and has had some great ideas,” Stohs said. “She was always very forward thinking about looking for those things coming up so she could plan activities in our local area. The eclipse was one huge thing where who knew that would be such an awesome thing for Beatrice? She was fortunate enough to see that and we were able to plan far in advance for that.”

Young was hired by the Chamber in August 2013 after being selected from three finalists.

Before coming to Beatrice, Young spent 10 years with the Norfolk Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she worked directly with the Chamber of Commerce.

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