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Three members of the NGage economic development group’s board of directors will each serve additional three-year terms.

The group hosted its annual meeting Thursday, where contributing members were given the opportunity to nominate and vote for board members.

Andrea Schafer, Patrick Ratigan and Steve Hovendick were all selected to remain on the board and continue in their roles as officers. No other nominees were presented.

Schafer is the current president and Ratigan the vice president and Chamber of Commerce representative on the NGage board. Executive board positions will be reassigned at the board’s next meeting, Feb. 18.

Contributing members who attended Thursday’s meeting included representatives from Gage County and the city of Beatrice, the two groups that each contribute up to $100,000 annually to NGage. Representatives from contributing businesses Diode Communications, Beatrice Community Hospital Foundation, Caspers Construction, First National Bank of Omaha, Precise Fabrication and Security First Bank also attended the meeting.

The villages of Adams and Cortland, which both contribute to NGage, voted by proxy.

Glennis McClure, executive director of NGage, presented NGage’s annual report during the meeting.

Highlights from the past year include Beatrice being recertified as an economic development community last January and announcements of expansions at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

McClure also discussed NGage’s goals for the area with those in attendance.

“There are six objectives that NGage has, three primary ones. Attracting business, retaining business and also working with small businesses as they grow and develop here in this area,” she said. “Those are our key activity objectives.”

McClure said other highlights from 2015 included announcements by Landmark Snacks, DaVita Dialysis and Scooters Coffee to move into the area, and also the upcoming opening of the Duonix biodiesel plant.

Thursday’s meeting also featured a presentation from Deborah McCaslin, executive director of the Custer County Economic Development Corporation, who discussed previous success stories with the group.

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.

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