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Health and Wellness Middle School Summer Camp

AREA News, Events, News, Photo Feature - 06.01.17

The Rural Futures Institute, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the community of McCook have partnered to offer a 5-week Health, Exercise, Technology & Aquaponics Day Camp Series during the summer of 2017.

The camps will take place each week from June 12th to July 10th during the morning hours of 8 a.m. to noon at the 4-H Building at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.

Students will engage in high energy, consistent lessons and activities to discover the basics of understanding health and wellness, exercise science and the process of growing, tending to, and marketing their own produce.

The camp is geared toward middle school-aged students (approx. 10 to 14 years old). The 5 week camp is available for $5 per week. It is strongly recommended that students participate in the full 5 weeks to get the most out of the camp. The cost will be collected at the beginning of each week (Monday).

Click the link below to pre-register as space is limited!

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MEDC Announces New Executive Director

AREA News, News - 05.24.17

Andrew Ambriz has been named the new Executive Director of McCook Economic Development Corporation as reported by Dennis Berry, MEDC President.

Ambriz has been serving as interim director since March. The interim title will officially be dropped on June 1st. “It’s been a privilege to serve the McCook Community through my interim role. It’s an honor to be selected as the Executive Director and to lead this organization toward creating positive change in our area.”

Last summer, Ambriz served as a Rural Futures intern under previous director, Kirk Dixon. “I have a passion for rural communities because my home of West Point had much to do with my development as an individual. The agriculture industry is the pillar for what creates a truly dynamic community and McCook is a prime example of that.” In December of 2016, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In January, he and his wife decided to make McCook their home. “We found an incredibly welcoming and supportive community here. We appreciate the strong relationships we’ve built in the short time we’ve had.”

“We have a great foundation in McCook and MEDC is eager to build on the momentum we’ve developed as we work to create a better quality of life in McCook and southwest Nebraska. Our mission is to enhance the business and housing climate in our community by supporting our existing entrepreneurs, encouraging new business ventures and recruiting businesses that will prove to be an asset in McCook. There are countless resources available to our local businesspeople and we aspire to be a conduit to making those ideas a reality.”

The MEDC board officially made this change at Monday’s board meeting.

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

Events, News, Photo Feature - 03.21.17

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities

April 19th & 20th

McCook, Nebraska



Register now to join other like-minded community leaders to learn exciting concepts and resources, share best practices and fresh ideas, and empower teams to grow local communities.

With breakout sessions embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown, the conference offers the unique opportunity to learn about and experience an entrepreneurial community. As you walk from session to session, you can enjoy networking with fellow attendees and experience McCook’s downtown business environment on the “The Bricks.”

Invite your colleagues, co-workers, community leaders, entrepreneurs and stakeholders to attend. Whether you work in economic development, business, arts and culture, government, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector or education, all have an important part to play in supporting local businesses and entrepreneurial development in communities.

Registration, only $80, includes lunch, a special networking reception and dinner, breaks, and a departing lunch voucher.


Click on Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities for additional conference information and sessions.


Why Attend?  Unique opportunity to learn from other community developers and leaders from Nebraska and other Midwest states.


Who Should Attend? – Economic/Community development, business, arts and culture, government, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector or education.


Questions?  Contact Marilyn Schlake,; or McCook contact, Ben Dutton,

Grow McCook “30 under 30”

News, Photo Feature - 12.01.16

“30 under 30” Thursdays

You are invited to attend an information session on McCook’s long term growth plan “30 under 30”. read more