Director’s Note

Thayer County Economic Development News

Time for an update:  April 2018

The Board of Director’s are as follows for the 2018:

President – Dietrich Brinegar – Carleton

Vice President – Jason Weigle – Hebron

Secretary – Zach Messman – Bruning

Treasurer – Deb Craig – Hebron

Members at large are: , Pat Kenner, Chris Fangmeier, Randy Hergott, Rosemary Dageforde, Doug Wismer – Hebron

Kara Wenske – Byron       Adam Tipton – Chester

Paul Philippi – Bruning

Al Dlouhy – Deshler

We want to thank all of our members who have joined us this year with membership and support.  TCEDA is a non-profit organization that relies on membership to operate.   The website has a list of supporters for viewing.  If you would like to become a member just contact the director at or 402/768-7407.

TCEDA  currently has DPA (down payment assistance) funds for those that qualify.  The funds are through SENDD and the Homebuyers Opportunity Program.    The homes must be within the community limits.  If you or someone you know is looking for assistance, contact myself at 402/768-7407 or

CEC Conference held in Hastings NE

TCEDA board members Dietrich Brinegar and Heather Ramsey, and myself attended the NE Extension – CEC Conference (Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities) on April 4th & 5th, 2018 in Hastings NE.  Various workshops were set up throughout the downtown businesses for attendees to pick and choose what topics were of interest to them that best suits their community or county needs.   Holding  the workshops at local businesses gave  attendees a chance to see what the results have been from the implementation of some of the presentations and how growth is still continuing.   Heather, Dietrich, and Diane chose different topics and gained valuable information.  Jason Weigle was  instrumental  in putting this together.  Thank you to him and all that were involved.

An informal discussion will be set up with Jason and the TCEDA board members that attended to discuss what was beneficial and how we can implement what we learned in our own communities.


TCEDA in conjunction with SCC Learning Center will be hosting a Career Day in September on the 25th, 2018.  Any businesses interested in participating in this event can contact SCC for more information.  Emails are being sent to businesses, however we do not want to miss anyone that is interested.  You may contact Crystal Fangmeier at or Blythe Norder at

This year’s event will be similar to last years with the exception we will have two sessions through the day.  The first session will be from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the second from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  All sophomores & juniors attending the 4 area schools will be invited to come.   Look for more information in the future