SCC Survey
Posted 10/21/2015 by FCEdge
Please use the link below to provide input to Southeast Community College so they can begin to build a program of services that will create workforce development solutions for our area. The classes can be hands on, continuous education, distance learning,  web based, etc ... so be specific and give them the input they need to build a successful learning center in our community. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

SCC Open House
Posted 9/22/2015 by FCEdge

Southeast Community College is currently in the process of arranging for lease of classroom space for a new SCC Outreach Center in Falls City and the public is invited to attend an Open House to be held Tuesday, September 29th, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, at Prichard Auditorium, 312 W. 17th Street, Falls City, NE to receive public input on desired course offerings and workforce training opportunities.  The  Outreach Center is one of six such education and training sites that SCC administrators are launching as part of the 15-County District’s recently adopted Five year Strategic Plan.

K&F Welding, LLC Open House
Posted 9/18/2015 by FCEdge
Please join us in supporting one of Falls City's newest industries!

Career Planning for Your Student
Posted 9/15/2015 by FCEdge
P4P/SET Civic Engagement Invitation
Posted 9/10/2015 by FCEdge

You're Invited to the P4P/SET Civic Engagement Forum. If you are interested in attending, please contact the EDGE office!


Calling ALL Citizens!! Calling ALL Citizens of OTOE, JOHNSON, NEMAHA, PAWNEE and RICHARDSON Counties!

You’re invited to participate in a FORUM to help shape the region’s ECONOMIC FUTURE, Thursday, September 23rd in the Student Union at Peru State College.  

To capture the PULSE of the region, the event sponsors ENCOURAGE people representing a BROAD range of sectors to attend – WE WANT: industry, business and financial leaders, ag businesses and producers, representatives of faith-based organizations, entrepreneurs and small business leaders, government, workforce, economic development, education, housing, non-profit and philanthropic organizations…PLUS YOUTH to attend!!

Partners 4 Progress is working with Nebraska Extension and USDA Rural Development to create responsive regional economic development plan. Funding is being provided by a national program called Stronger Economies Together (SET). Fifty rural regions in 28 other states are getting visible results from using SET to plan their futures.

The forum will capture CITIZEN’s PERSPECTIVES of the strengths and key challenges currently impacting the communities and counties. A Regional Data Snapshot will provide EVIDENCE of TRENDS playing in the region.

The forum will run from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. DINNER is included.  RSVP TODAY at  If you have a PASSION and a LOVE for the southeast corner of Nebraska you won’t want to miss this OPPORTUNITY to shape its FUTURE.

For more information contact:

Lisa Beethe, Partners 4 Progress, 402.862.2201,; or Marilyn Schlake, Nebraska Extension,, 402.472.4138 

SE Nebr. P4P Selected as a SET Region
Posted 8/18/2015 by FCEdge



Rural Development

Suite 308, Federal Building

100 Centennial Mall North

Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

Voice 402.437.5563








Jeff Carpenter, USDA Rural Development (, 402.437.5554)


Marilyn Schlake, Nebraska Extension (, 402.472.4138)




Lincoln, NE, August 17, 2015 - USDA Rural Development and Nebraska Extension have announced that Southeast NE Partners for Progress (P4P) was selected as a Stronger Economies Together (SET) region.  Consisting of Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson counties, Southeast NE Partners for Progress (P4P) will now benefit from a focused initiative to explore regional economic advantages and to formulate an economic blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region. Southeast NE Partners for Progress (P4P) will be joining 21 other regions across thirteen states participating in SET during 2015.


Southeast NE Partners for Progress (P4P) kick-off activity is slated for Saturday, August 29th with a bus tour of the region’s communities, starting and finishing at Peru State College.  The region’s local community and civic leaders are invited to attend the tour, please contact Lisa Beethe (, 402.862.2201), Partners for Progress Lead Coordinator, for more information and registration. 


Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers, the Purdue Center for Regional Development and their land-grant university partners, SET is now in place in more than 70 regions in 31 states. SET is intended to help strengthen the capacity of communities/counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region, one that strategically builds on the current and/or emerging comparative economic advantages of that region.


For more information on the SET initiative in Nebraska, contact Jeff Carpenter, USDA Rural Development (, 402.437.5554), Marilyn Schlake, (, 402.472.4138) or Carroll Welte (, 402.374.2954), Nebraska Extension.  To view information about SET nationwide, visit


Wilderness Falls Phase II Groundbreaking
Posted 8/17/2015 by FCEdge
Please join us for a groundbreaking ceremony for Wilderness Falls Phase II on September 2nd at 11:00 am.

Wilderness Falls Phase II Groundbreaking.pdf
Job Fair
Posted 8/7/2015 by FCEdge

Gold Star Sausage

Job Fair

Hosted by EDGE

August 18th

2-7 pm

Grand Weaver Hotel

1800 Stone Street

Falls City, NE


This is an opportunity to fill out a company application

with interviews to come at a later date.

FC EDGE Rebranding
Posted 7/28/2015 by FC Edge Rebranding

In 2016, Falls City EDGE will embark on its 10th year of leading economic development efforts for Falls City and Richardson County.  We’ve had a very successful past with our current brand but as we enter into our 10th year of service to the area the EDGE Board of Director’s felt it was time to rebrand the organization.  We are pleased to present our new logo, tagline, and color scheme which will also be used by the City of Falls City---please see attached. 


The tag line notes Passionate-Proven-Prosperous.  This really embodies the organization because we have a group of Passionate volunteers and citizens who have created Proven results which have led to a Prosperous business and industry community!  We hope you like the new look as it will be unveiled over the next few months as we update our marketing materials and launch our new website.


Brian Daake’s brother, Greg, is Principal and Creative Director for Daake in Omaha, NE --- a prestigious marketing firm that specializes in rebranding established organizations.  Greg had the following to say about EDGE’s new look, this rebranding effort by EDGE makes Falls City look “technically savvy, progressive, modern.”  We thought that was a great validation of our rebranding efforts!

SCC Looks at Locating Centers in SE Nebraska
Posted 7/24/2015 by FCEdge
Falls City is among the communities Southeast Community College is looking at to locate a learning center.
Governor Ricketts to Visit Falls City
Posted 7/17/2015 by FCEdge
Please Join us for a Town Hall Meeting with Governor Pete Ricketts, July 31st - Noon at the Grand Weaver Hotel!
Construction to Begin on “Wilderness Falls II” Housing Development
Posted 7/9/2015 by FCEdge
Unemployment Numbers Drop!
Posted 6/25/2015 by FCEdge
May 2015 Unemployment Numbers are out and Richardson County has dropped to 2.9%. This is down from 3.7% a year ago!  Check out the numbers here 
Fourth Welding Class
Posted 6/12/2015 by FCEdge
Looking for a job? Several local industries are looking for welders! Get the skills you need to get the job you want right here!
GMAW flyer FINAL.pdf
Senator Fischer Local Office Hours Visit
Posted 6/2/2015 by FCEdge



Thursday, May 28, 2015




Tom Doheny | (202) 224-6551

Brianna Puccini | (202) 224-6551




Fischer Announces Local Office Hours

For Staff in Nemaha, Richardson, and Pawnee Counties


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today that her staff will be holding local office hours in Nemaha, Richardson, and Pawnee counties on Thursday, June 11, 2015. These office hours serve as a convenient opportunity for constituents to meet personally with Senator Fischer’s staff to receive help with casework and other issues at the federal level.


Sarah Skinner, Senator Fischer’s constituent services and outreach representative, will be holding local office hours at the time and location below:


Thursday, June 11, 2015


Nemaha County

Auburn City Hall
Council Chambers

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. CST

1101 J Street

Auburn, NE 68305


Richardson County

Falls City Edge
Conference Room
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. CST
1705 Stone Street
Falls City, NE 68355

Pawnee County

Pawnee County Courthouse
First Floor Meeting Room
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CST
625 6th Street
Pawnee City, NE 68420


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SERN meeting
Posted 5/21/2015 by FCEdge
The Public is invited to the Southeast Nebraska Resource Network luncheon on Wednesday, June 24th.  Please RSVP to the EDGE office by June 19th.

Great Turn Out at AirLanco Open House!
Posted 5/14/2015 by FCEdge
EDGE sponsored an Open House at AirLanco last Friday for Business and Industry Week.  See more information here:

Congratulations WASP, Inc.
Posted 5/7/2015 by FCEdge
Congratulations to WASP, Inc. on receiving the "Product of the Year Award" from Ground Support Worldwide!  Read the article here:

Letters Needed!
Posted 4/29/2015 by FCEdge
NEEDED...Letters from the community (students, parents, workers, employers, educators, public officials) to demonstrate the need for an Outreach Center! Southeast Community College is in the process of developing its 2015-2019 Strategic Plan. As part of this process, the College has been seeking community input from all 15 counties. Our EDGE 'Tri-State Labor Basin Study Committee' has urged SCC to develop an Outreach Center to improve its delivery of workforce training to the southeast corner of the district. Attached is a form letter you can sign & mail to SCC. Let your voice be heard!Public - Richardson County Citizen Form Letter.pdf
SCC Welding Class Registration
Posted 2/7/2015 by FCEdge
Southeast Community College is holding a welding class beginning April 14, 2015.
Southeast Community College Survey
Posted 1/27/2015 by FCEdge
Southeast Community College is seeking community input from all 15 counties within their service area. The purpose of this survey is to assess community needs for higher education programs and services. Please fill out the survey. Responses are anonymous and will be shared in summary form. Please click on the following link to enter the survey:
2014 Investor of the Year
Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge
The Annual EDGE Banquet was held on January 7, 2015.  This years Investors of the Year are WASP Inc. and Merz Farm Equipment. Congratulations to the 2014 Investors of the Year.

WASP Inc. celebrated its 25th year in Falls City with a nod from the Nebraska Diplomats as the “2014 Nebraska Business of the Year”! Governor Dave Heineman recognized WASP for their corporate citizenship at a banquet honoring this growing Falls City industry. WASP celebrated substantial job growth by surpassing the 100 employee mark in 2014 after slow but steady growth over the last decade which includes the addition of 76 jobs. WASP has also made a significant investment---totaling ½ million dollars----in equipment that will help them work smarter and faster as well as a 40X60 building expansion which gives them room to grow.

Merz Farm Equipment celebrated 2014 in style by unveiling a ½ million dollar investment that was more than a year in the making. The Grand Opening celebration welcomed 400 guests who toured the 4000 square foot expansion that modernized the business and has given Falls City’s northern corridor a grand new showpiece. The upgrades include a new showroom, high tech conference room, new offices, customer lounge and service office. Merz Farm Equipment has realized three generations of strong leadership and they are committed to giving their customers the best experience in the business. 2015 will mark their 30th year at this location and we look for continued success and growth from this Massey dealer.
Wilderness Falls Public Hearing
Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge
Excel Housing will be holding a Public Hearing in the EDGE office on January 28, 2014.  Please stop by the office to learn more about Phase II of the Wilderness Falls Housing Development.
New Investors
Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge
EDGE would like to Welcome our newest investors:  

Randy and Lori Gottula 
Michael and Brenda Garriott

Local investments, from the public and private sectors, helped catapult this organization to unprecedented success and we’re always excited to have new investors join this effort.    

Welding Class
Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge
welding poster.pdf

Southeast Community College Continuing Education will hold a third Gas Metal Arc Welding Class at Falls City High School.  The class will be held from April 14-May 9, 2015 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's from 5:00-8:30 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.  The cost for the class is $465.00.  Students' personal safety gear is required and can be purchased at your local farm store. The items needed are welding gloves, safety glasses, helmet, pliers, burn jacket, boots and vise grip.

For more information on this class, please contact:  

Amy Chesley
Continuing Education
301 S. 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE 68510
800-828-0072, ext 2711
Fax:  402-437-2703
Falls City Healthcare Community Career Fair
Posted 1/22/2015 by FCEdge
Become a Nursing Assistant! Career Fair Thursday, January 29, 2015 2:00 pm-7:00 pm at 2800 Towle Street.  Opportunities for development and advancement; competitive wages & benefits package; meaningful work; paid education and training. For more information call 402-245-5252.
Falls City Economic Development Growth and Enterprise, Inc. (EDGE)
1705 Stone Street|P.O. Box 574|Falls City, NE 68355|Phone: 402.245.2105|Fax: 402.245.2106|Email