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Valley County Welcomes Rural Fellow Interns

Valley County is lucky to be one of several communities across the state of Nebraska to host interns through Rural Prosperity Nebraska.  Please welcome Clare Umutoni & Kaylee Burnside!

Here’s what Clare has to say about being in Valley County: “My name is Clare Umutoni, a junior at the University of Nebraska Lincoln majoring in Integrated Science (college of Agriculture and Natural Resources) and double minoring in Leadership & Communication together with Community Development & Regional Planning. I am an international student from a beautiful country called Rwanda but very happy to call Nebraska my second home. I find people here warm and welcoming. I am looking forward to yet another new and exciting adventure while interning with the Ord Area Chamber and Valley County Economic Development. I chose to be a part of Rural Prosperity Nebraska’s internship program because serving has always been a huge part of my life and it is humbling to be working with a town as connected as Ord with people that want nothing but the best for their community. I am enjoying being here already and there is no where I’d rather be right now.”

Here’s what Kaylee has to say about being in Valley County: “Hello! My name is Kaylee Burnside. I was raised on a farm near Stapleton, Nebraska. Only living a little over an hour and a half away, I have never spent much time here, which is one of the reasons why I am excited to get that first-hand experience on everything Ord has to offer as I spend my summer here. This coming fall, I will be a senior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where I major in Business Management and Hospitality Restaurant Tourism Management with a minor in Leadership and Communication. I’m hoping that all that knowledge and studying will help me to make an impact here. I can’t wait to meet some of you this summer as I get out and about in the community. If you see a new face, please say hi, as I would love to be introduced! 

Clare and Kaylee will be living, working and playing in Valley County for the remainder of the summer.  Their placement in our community was made possible by Valley County Economic Development, The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley County Tourism, Loup Valley Childhood Initiative and Valley County Community Foundation Fund.  Clare and Kaylee will get to work on several projects for these community groups, including creating community storytelling content and conducting a childcare feasibility study.  Be sure to give these two a friendly Valley County welcome when you see them out and about visiting with businesses and community members!

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