*The new purchase of the bench was made by Keep Creighton Beautiful, and can be found in front of the City Offices. *
The buddy bench is known as a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship.
Photo: Members of the city council and economic development board along with Megan Knox, Co ED and Abigail Creighton ED staff. Back row: Bob Jensen, Megan Hanefeldt, Maryanne Block, Michael Nutting, Brent Eggerling Front row: Drew Nelson, Abigail Frank, Mayor Chris Patrick, Jessi Sanborn
NewsCreighton honored as Leadership Certified CommunityCommunity earns LCC recognition by focusing on business retention and downtown revitalization
NOVEMBER 10, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—
The Department of Economic Development (DED) has recognized Creighton, Neb. (pop. 1,105) as a Leadership Certified Community in the state of Nebraska. DED Field Service Manager, Sheryl Hiatt, honored community leaders during a special presentation at Creighton’s City Council meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Creighton is the 17th Nebraska community to qualify for DED’s Leadership Certified Community Program (LCC), created in 2011 to help smaller Nebraska communities adapt to ongoing changes and opportunities in economic development. Qualifying communities must demonstrate an understanding for and preparedness in strategic and community planning, as well as display readiness in technological development to help new and existing businesses grow. Certified communities earn designation in the program for five years and are required to update and maintain information and websites.
"I could not be more pleased to work with Abigail and the Creighton community on the Leadership Designation,” said Megan Hanefeldt, Executive Director of Knox County Development Agency (KCDA). “It's wonderful to see the great work going on in Creighton from the inside out. The community of Creighton should be proud of all their accomplishments and continue to strive to work together to build a strong, solid community.”
Abigail Frank, Creighton Economic Development Director, appreciates the support she has received, “this application process would not have been made possible without the support of city officials and staff, the Creighton Economic Development Board, the assistance of Lowell Schroeder, Community Planner with Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, Megan Hanefeldt, Knox County Director, and Nicole Sedlacek with NPPD. Sheryl Hiatt and Kelly Gewecke, of DED, have been a great assistance when a question was asked or with clarification of the leadership application. I highly recommend Economic Development Directors new in the field take on the challenge of learning every dynamic of their communities. The application process was eye opening in the aspect of community involvement and the amount of participation it takes to be on boards and volunteer time towards events. The application process helped with further developing Creighton's strategic plan and opportunity to learn about partnerships across Northeast Nebraska and throughout the state.”