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Award winner partners with Center to achieve small business success

Every year, the Center for Rural Affairs recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding support for the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center.

This year, that honor goes to Jessica Campos, of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Recipient of the REAP Latino Business Center Partner Award, Jessica is being recognized for her exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

Staff spotlight: Justin jumps around the globe, lands at the Center

There’s no place like home, especially when home is rural America.

Just ask Justin Carter.

Though his travels have taken him all around the world, Justin recently found his way back to his home state.

“I grew up in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, just outside of Omaha, and while we were close to the city, I had all the characteristics of a rural kid,” said Justin. “I worked on farms in the summer and went hunting in the fall. Rural America had a large impact on my upbringing, and I’ve always been proud to say I’m from a small town.”

Staff spotlight: Jack dives into data at the Center

Rural America—once a part of your life, always a part of your life.

While many people can relate to this idea, Jack Dill knows this to be true from personal experience.

Growing up on a family farm in south central Nebraska, Jack was raised rural. After living in Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, for 20 years, he’s now back to rural America, and resides outside of Fort Calhoun, on a small acreage.

Recently, he took on the role of data and evaluation manager at the Center for Rural Affairs—home of the unapologetically rural.

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