Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Leadership Class Attends Government Session


FILLMORE COUNTY - The Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County class attended the “Government-Power of the People” November 15, 2016.

The day began with UNL Extension educator Brand VanDeWalle highlighting some power and influence tactics used in leadership.

Next local leaders from different levels of government spoke to the group and included:  Jeff Neiman, Fillmore County Supervisor, Rod Norrie, Geneva Mayor and Senator Laura Ebke from the 32nd District.  Kyle Svec, Geneva City Administrator, Becky Erdkamp, Exeter Village Clerk and Linda Carroll, Fairmont Village Clerk talked about their duties to help city and village offices handle the day-to-day business of their communities.  During the morning break sponsored by Cumberland’s Style Shoppe, participants had a chance to visit with Senator Ebke. 

The class toured the Fillmore County East building and saw the lay-out of the many offices there. Amy Nelson, who gave the tour of the facility, spoke for the zoning administrator about  how zoning works in Fillmore County.

Following that the group learned about public power as they listened to Craig Vincent, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), Account Manager. The class continued discussion as they ate lunch that was sponsored by NPPD.

In the afternoon the group traveled to the Fillmore County Courthouse where President Fillmore greeted the group. Patt Lentfer, FCDC Executive Director, briefly outlined economic development at the local, regional and state level.  Monica Braun from REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project) shared information how she and her organization works with small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Jim Dunker, Emergency Management Manager, and Fillmore County officials Amy Nelson, Clerk, Lynn Mussman, Assessor, and Barbara Trapp, Treasurer told about their offices and the duties for which they are responsible. County officials sponsored the afternoon snack.

Amy Nelson then took the group on a tour of the Historical Fillmore County Courthouse. Many of the members of the group climbed up to the third floor to enjoy the view.

A school board panel consisting of Local school board members Kendra Jansky from Exeter-Milligan, Sherri Nun from Fillmore Central and Dan Miller from Shickley were on a panel to provide information about how schools are run and the role of the board members in working with the administrators and the community. 

The December session of the ODEGEO class will focus on Education.

Persons interested in learning more about Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County may contact the Development Corporation at 759-4910,  email lentfer.fcdc@genevamail.com or go to www.fillmorecountydevelopment.org.

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