‘Visionary’ Nancy Delong Hoch Awarded Nebraska’s Top Tourism Honor

The Nebraska Tourism Commission presented its highest honor Thursday night during the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Gala in Columbus. The event was part of the annual Nebraska Tourism Conference.

Nancy Delong Hoch received the 2015 Henry Fonda Award, which recognizes leadership, vision and dedication to the tourism industry. Hoch has previously worked on the startup of the Kregel Windmill Museum, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Red Fox Run Sports Complex and the Nebraska City trolley system.

Hoch has served on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Board of Regents, the National Historic Preservation Board and the State Historical Society Board. She has also served as president of the River Country Economic Development Corporation.

Her award was one of many recognizing excellence in tourism.

“Ours is a competitive industry,” said Kathy McKillip, executive director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

“Yet more people today are discovering the unexpected beauty of our great state. Thanks to visionary leaders like Nancy Delong Hoch, more and more Americans are stopping and enjoying Nebraska.”

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