BEATRICE – Gage Area Growth Enterprise celebrated what turned out to be a very good 2017, holding their annual meeting and dinner last night at Classic’s Restaurant.
NGage Executive Director Walker Zulkoski said that’s exemplified by the Community of the Year honor given to Beatrice.
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Industrial projects included the start-up of the Duonix Biodiesel Plant, Worldlawn Power Equipment opening its’ U.S. Headquarters in north Beatrice, the construction of the Hendrix Genetics Hybrid Turkeys facility and a major addition at the E-Energy Adams Ethanol Plant, among others.
NGage also completed studies examining needs in the areas of retail and hotel space, having previously completed a study on housing needs. NGage also saw its website traffic grow by one-third and the organization increase its’ private membership investment, by about $12,000.
The economic development organization is largely supported by government funds through both the City of Beatrice and Gage County.
Zulkoski says the three primary goals of the organization this year are to focus on improving quality of life, adding building space for economic development projects, and utilizing a more targeted approach to business recruitment.
Last night, the organization reelected James Leners as a board member, and elected one new board member, Matt Morrissey.