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Interns Ignite Innovative Ideas in Valley County

Amanda Burau and Amanda Clymer are both students at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Their curiosity about rural economic and community development led them to an opportunity to participate in the Rural Futures internship program. We are ecstatic to have Amanda B. and Amanda C. join our team for the summer. They will be enhancing and expanding a variety of projects and programs related to youth retention, workforce recruitment and community promotion – all of which contribute to the greater good of our county-wide community. 

Allow them to introduce themselves…

Amanda C and Amanda B

Amanda C. (L) and Amanda B. (R)

“I’m Amanda Burau from the suburbs of Chicago and I came to Nebraska to join the women’s bowling program for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I graduated in December with my Bachelors in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics; currently, I’m working on my Masters in Management and Organizations with an emphasis in innovation and change, which I’ll finish at the University of Colorado-Denver. Although, I’ve dabbled in many activities, I’ve played softball and been a bowler my whole life. I applied for this internship to experience what it’s like to live in a rural community. Aside from that, I want to make myself a well-rounded professional before I settle down into a long-term career; I have work experience in organizational development, natural resources and the environment, event planning & fundraising, real estate, and now economic development. (Handshake) I look forward to meeting you.”

“My name is Amanda Clymer and I am from David City, Nebraska. I am a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and this fall I will be a sophomore studying Agricultural Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Leadership. I grew up on a small family farm raising corn, soybeans, brome hay, cattle and sheep. On campus, I am active in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Club and Program, the Agricultural Economics/ Agribusiness Club, Husker Food Connection and the UNL FFA Alumni. It is through the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program that I became interested in this internship that has placed me in Ord, Nebraska. Through the Engler Program and this internship that is part of the Rural Futures Institute and the Heartland Center for Leadership Development I have realized the importance of rural America. I have a strong passion for helping agriculture producers who seem to be the backbone for many rural economies. Through this internship I hope to utilize this passion for agriculture and rural America to help make Valley County an even better place to live, work and play.”

Amanda B.’s interests include Valley County’s youth retention and alumni recruitment efforts. Being from the Chicago area, she has become intrigued by the quality of life, relationships and sense of community that can be found in rural Nebraska. Amanda C.’s background in agriculture, 4-H and FFA is a perfect fit for her project of designing a Valley County Ag and Home Show during her time here. Both interns will also be working on branding ideas for our community which includes further utilization of the I Love Valley County video.

The dynamic partnerships between the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley County Economic Development and Valley County Community Foundation Fund brought these two energetic and innovative interns to Valley County for the summer. Valley County was selected as one of four communities throughout Nebraska to host summer interns through the internship program designed by the Rural Futures Institute, Heartland Center for Leadership Development and University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Amanda B. and Amanda C. will be working closely with a variety of Chamber, Economic Development and Community Foundation committees. They are excited to visit with local businesses about their ideas and perspectives and welcome any suggestions concerning the projects they will be working on during their time in Valley County. Please help us welcome “the Amandas” to our community!

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