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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.

Lt. Governor celebrates McCook business expansion

AREA News, News - 06.23.16

JUNE 23, 2016 (MCCOOK, NEB.)—Lt. Governor Mike Foley joined Christine and Kevin Grooms from American Agriculture Laboratory Inc., and officials with the City of McCook and State of Nebraska to cut the ribbon on the newly-expanded business that now occupies the former ALCO facility.

The expansion allowed for the addition of five new full-time positions which include a chemist, information technology specialist, lab technician, maintenance specialist, and agri-business/sales professional. With the project complete, the company now has 17 full-time positions and six seasonal part-time professionals.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development approved $297,060 Site and Building Development Fund money for building renovations.

The Grooms had considered expanding the business to Colorado and Kansas where they had received offers, but wanted to stay in Nebraska.

“We were happy we received the necessary financial assistance to stay here in Nebraska,” said Grooms. “The services our lab and staff provide help ag professionals continue to meet the challenges of feeding the world’s ever-growing population.”

“Businesses, such as American Agricultural Laboratory, truly make up the backbone of Nebraska and the nation, providing competitive-wage jobs for rural residents who otherwise might have to drive long distances to find employment,” said Lt. Gov. Foley. “We are grateful to people such as the Grooms who are willing to help sustain and grow our smaller communities with much needed investment and jobs.”

American Agricultural Laboratory Inc. is an independent commercial laboratory dedicated to high quality, timely and accurate analytical testing services. The laboratory specializes in the analysis of soil, plant, petiole, feed, fat, water, fertilizer, manure, sludge, compost, seed and wastewater.

Established in 1976 as Olsen’s Agricultural Laboratory by Dr. Robert Olsen, the business was purchased by the Grooms in 2007. Both have extensive agricultural laboratory testing experience and Mr. Grooms managed the lab at Olsen’s for 16 years before purchasing it. The name was changed to American Agricultural Laboratory Inc. in September 2014.

MEDC Helps Local Businesses Bring In New Money

AREA News, News - 04.26.16

The McCook Economic Development Corporation and sales tax funds were the missing pieces of the puzzle that helped American Agricultural Laboratory and other local businesses grow the McCook area economy and bring new money and employees into the community. read more