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Andy Long Named New Executive Director

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 05.29.18

Wishing to create a community with opportunities that his children could one day move back to, McCook Community College Vice-President Andy Long will leave his position at the college to accept the executive director’s position at McCook Economic Development Corp.

Long comes to the MEDC after spending the past five years at MCC where enrollment, retention, and housing occupancy all increased. Long also played a role in restarting the Hormel Entrepreneurship Program, initiating the McCook College Leadership Program, and developing community leadership programs that included bringing motivational speaker John O’Leary to the Fox Theater this past fall.

“MEDC and the community are blessed to have Andy at the helm. He is a proven leader, visionary, and a man of action. He has local connections, Southwest Nebraska roots, a fine family, outstanding values, experience, and education,” said MEDC Board President Dennis Berry.

Long’s focus at MEDC includes three big areas: retail and industrial recruitment, human capital development, and fostering entrepreneurship.

“The past five years, our family has come to love McCook, and I’m thrilled I can play a part in increasing economic opportunities here,” Long said. “Working at the college, I found that I enjoyed the work I did in the community and partnering with area businesses to help meet their educational and training needs.”

Long said that through his position at the college, he was most drawn to working throughout the community, helping local businesses, guiding leadership programs at the college with area students, and developing community leadership and entrepreneurship.

“When I look at what talents and gifts I have, it seems that the things I enjoy the most and could be most successful at were tying the college to the community. This [the MEDC position] was an opportunity that gives me a chance to focus on McCook, on what I do well, and where I can make a difference.”

Long will be transitioning from the college to the MEDC through the month of May and will be full-time with MEDC in June. Through the transition, he will be reaching out to area individuals and businesses to learn more about their needs for economic development. He welcomes hearing from the public and can be reached at (308) 345-1200.

2018 Middle School Health and Wellness Summer Camp Returns!

AREA News, Events, News, Photo Feature - 04.20.18

For the 2nd consecutive year, McCook will be hosting a full 8-week Health, Exercise, Technology & Aquaponics Day Camp Series at the McCook YMCA. These camps will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon every weekday through the summer. The camp will begin Monday, May 28th and conclude on July 27th.

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. Last year’s instructors, Tyan Boyer and Collin Fleecs, will run the program again with help from an additional instructor, Bradley Schoch.

This camp is geared toward middle school-aged students (approx. 10 to 14 years old). It is strongly recommended that students participate in the entirety of the camp or as much as possible. Click the link below to register! Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Register Here!

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!

Register Here!