LINCOLN, NEB. (June 25, 2009)—The communities of Ainsworth, Bassett, Deshler and Farnam have been selected to kick off the first Nebraska Community Improvement Program (NCIP) Leadership Development Challenge. NCIP is a program offered through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
“Ainsworth, Bassett, Deshler, and Farnam are excellent candidates for the NCIP Leadership Development Challenge because all four have a strong commitment to community development,” said Christina Bartels, NCIP coordinator. “Leadership and volunteer development are integral pieces to sustaining community development. These communities have all been very active in NCIP over the years and understand the importance of taking a proactive approach to community development. This will make them successful in the NCIP Leadership Development Challenge.”
The NCIP Leadership Development Challenge consists of curriculum designed to help communities foster leadership and volunteerism. In addition to the curriculum, Ainsworth, Bassett, Deshler and Farnam—all active NCIP communities—will receive research from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) that compares and contrasts each community to similar sized and comparable communities. The curriculum consists of a community-based leadership module; a community analysis/planning module; case studies focused on economic development, housing, health, education and government issues; and a capstone project that will be submitted to DED. These projects will be evaluated for potential implementation funding sources.
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