Phelps County, Nebraska, a rural agricultural region located close to Interstate 80, is known for its fantastic quality of life and for offering significant advantages to businesses looking for a convenient location and a qualified workforce.
Despite its many positive attributes, the region has historically dealt with “brain drain,” especially among many of the county’s young adults. To combat this, the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC), the county’s primary economic development engine, had a series of ideas to keep younger workers and families in the region and to recruit more well-paid manufacturing jobs.
“Phelps County is a wonderful place to live and work,” said Monica Boyken, Executive Director, PCDC. “Not surprisingly for a rural community, many young workers choose to leave for larger, more urban environments at some point. However, we find that many families realize what they are missing and eventually express a desire to move back. Our goal is to make moving back—or staying in the first place—a more attractive option by creating even more high paying and stable jobs.”
With these goals in mind, PCDC engaged Convergent to implement its first ever capital campaign.