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NGage members discuss executive director opening, board elections

NGage members discuss executive director opening, board elections

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Following the resignation of executive director Walker Zulkoski, and with elections for the board of directors next month, the NGage economic development group will see some big changes in 2020.

During a city council meeting, NGage members discussed their upcoming plans.

Andrea Schafer, president of the NGage board of directors, said the board is preparing to conduct a search for a new executive director.

“We have a shortlist [Zulkoski] has provided to us with some names that might be interested in the position,” Schafer said. “The board will be contacting those people directly to see whether or not they are interested in pursuing the opportunity.”

Schafer said a position application is already on the NGage and Nebraska Economic Developers’ websites, and that they will soon be put on the Beatrice and Gage County websites.

“So we don’t really have a timeframe as to when we’re going to close that, but we are going to continue to search until we get a good fit,” Schafer said.

NGage’s annual meeting and banquet will be on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

During the meeting, the board will elect new members and new board seats.

Matt Morrissey, the board’s current secretary, said three seats are open for election: city representative Darin Baehr, who is seeking reelection, and county representatives Karen Stohs and Dennis Rosene, who are not seeking reelection.

Interested applicants can send an email describing their background and any community involvement to erinc@ngagegroup.org

NGage also recently reapplied for Beatrice to be certified as an economic development community through the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community program, which Marketing Coordinator and interim Executive Director Erin Chadwick says shows the community is prepared for growth.

“We are currently working on 22 active recruitment or business expansion projects,” Chadwick said. “We’ve got about 20 or more projects that we’re tracking progress on right now, too… We’ve hosted four site visits for companies coming to the area since July, and we’ll have another one in the next couple days. So we’ve been busy.”

Chadwick said they should hear from the program in the next couple months.

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