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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


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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

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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.

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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!


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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.

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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!

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Construction to Begin on “Wilderness Falls II” Housing Development

Posted 7/9/2015 by FCEdge

WFII Final.pdf

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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 

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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

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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

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SCC Welding Class Registration

Posted 2/7/2015 by FCEdge

Southeast Community College is holding a welding class beginning April 14, 2015.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.    

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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

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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.

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Gold Star Sausage Coming to Falls City!

Posted 11/18/2014 by Falls City EDGE


 Gold Star Sausage Company Planning Falls City Location


 (Falls City, Nebraska – November 16, 2014) Falls City Economic Development and Growth Enterprise (EDGE), is pleased to announce Gold Star Sausage Co. is planning a Falls City location for its private label production of hot dogs and sausages of all varieties.  The USDA certified production facility will be located in the Industrial Park at 810 East 5th St. The business has outgrown its Colorado facility and is looking to grow its national distribution as well as capitalize on export. President Rick Rue notes, “We are excited about this multi-million dollar project which will include significant capital investment, infrastructure upgrades,  and the creation of 40+ new employment opportunities.  We look forward to opening the Falls City, NE location early in 2015.”  The jobs being created are in the food processing industry and will include managers, quality assurance, maintenance, production, line supervisors, and office personnel.


Gold Star Sausage has been a family owned business since 1936 and is proud to say they use only fresh, domestically produced, beef and pork trimmings.  Their batch cook process and quick freeze techniques combine old-world craftsmanship with modern day efficiencies.  “Falls City EDGE welcomes Gold Star Sausage to the community and we appreciate their contribution to the economic health and vitality of the region,” stated EDGE Executive Director, Beckie Cromer.  “Gold Star Sausage is a great company and we look forward to this project continuing to move forward in the coming months.”


For more information on Gold Star Sausage please visit their website at

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Wilderness Falls, Phase II Pre-Applications

Posted 11/12/2014 by Falls City EDGE

PRESS RELEASE: Wilderness Falls, Phase II Pre-Applications

Falls City EDGE is currently accepting pre-applications for Wilderness Falls - Phase II.  Phase II of the project will consist of 14 duplexes - 8 three-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units, complete with a community room. Wilderness Falls provides income-based, maintenance-free housing for seniors 55+.


If interested, please stop by or call the Falls City EDGE office at:

1705 Stone Street

Falls City, NE 68355


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Open House at New FSA Building

Posted 10/23/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Please join us in celebrating the new Richardson County Farm Services Agency building!

The office will be hosting an Open House on
Wednesday, Decemember 3rd, 2014 from 11:00AM - 4:30PM.

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FCPS Board Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Education

Posted 10/15/2014 by MSC News

Click the link to read about the Falls City Public School Board's 2014 Presidential Award!  

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EDGE Newsletter - Volume IV - 2014

Posted 10/8/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Headlines in this issue:

  • WASP 'Business of the Year' Award
  • First Welding Class
  • Home for Sale
  • Vantec Celebration
  • Help Wanted
  • Falter Museum
  • Upcoming Events
  • K & F Welding
  • CGB Expansion
  • Lane Leadership
  • Executive Director's Message

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Merz Farm Equipment Hiring!

Posted 10/7/2014 by Falls City EDGE


Customer Service/Shipping & Receiving

Job Description:

This position's primary objective is to assist the parts counter employees in making sure the customers are taken care of.  This position will also include ordering parts, inventory of parts, notifying the customers, parts invoicing among other services provided by our parts department.

Job Qualifications:

Good customer service skills, Ability to work with public, Simple computer skills


Vacation, Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, Health Insurance, Retirement Plan including Corporate Investment

Merz Farm Equipment, Inc. is a Massey Ferguson dealer located in Falls City, NE.  The family owned dealership was started in 1953.  The Merz family is easy to work for, our scheduling is flexible, we offer the benefits of a large corporation within a family orientated business.  

Apply in person or contact Mitch Merz -
P.O. Box 490 - 110 West 35th Street - Falls City, NE 68355

(402) 245-2419 –


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Governor Heineman Attending the Falter Museum Ribbon Cutting Event

Posted 9/10/2014 by Falls City EDGE

The Falter Museum Committee has been working tirelessly to bring to life the vision of a museum dedicated to John P. Falter's famous work.  Construction has begun at the future museum site located at 1624 Stone Street, with an anticipated date of completion scheduled for the end of November. 

To celebrate the progress of the project, the Falter Museum Committee is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Event featuring Key Note Speaker Governor Dave Heineman!  Hors d'oevres will be served and the public is invited to attend!

Date:         Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Time:         4:30PM
Location: Falter Museum
                   1624 Stone Street
                   Falls City, NE 68355


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WASP, Inc. Awarded "Business of the Year" at Nebraska Diplomats Weekend

Posted 9/9/2014 by Nebraska Department of Economic Development


CONTACT: Kate Ellingson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-1749, or



NE Diplomats host 47th Passport Weekend


SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Diplomats Passport Weekend got underway Friday afternoon and evening with­­­ 320 people attending the CEO Roundtable and evening banquet at The Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.


The 2014 CEO Roundtable panelists were Kris Kulver, Founder, Social Media Contractors in Omaha, and Alli Pane, Social Media Coordinator, Hudl, in Lincoln who talked about the benefits of social media in business; and how their company and/or clients specifically use social media in terms of employee attraction efforts, strategies involved, internal and external communications, and creative uses.


The Diplomats hosted company representatives from Belgium, California, China, Colorado, Illinois, Japan, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Spain, and Texas.


Governor Dave Heineman presented the following Diplomats’ annual awards during the Friday evening banquet:


Diplomat of the Year—Wayne McKinney, Kearney

Community of the Year—City of Norfolk

Businesses of the Year—WASP, Inc., Falls City, Hexagon-Lincoln, Lincoln, and NebraskaLand National Bank, North Platte

Power In The Partnership—Nebraska Trucking Association, Lincoln

The Ambassador Plenipotentiary Award was presented to a surprised Gov. Heineman

The 2014 Banquet also marked the induction of the following new Diplomats:


•Grand Island—Denise McGovern-Gallagher, McGovern-Gallagher Consulting

•Lincoln—Jennifer Brinkman, Tetrad Property Group

•North Platte—Traci Dugan, Trego Dugan Jet Management

•Omaha—Harry Hou, New Grand Ocean International, LLC, and Leonard Sommer, Hancock & Dana PC

•Wahoo—Mark Bohac, Behlen Mfg. Co.


With a membership of 286 business executives and community leaders, the Nebraska Diplomats Inc. is the largest economic development organization in Nebraska. For more information, visit

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2014 WASP Job Fair!

Posted 9/8/2014 by Falls City EDGE

JOB FAIR 2014!

Sponsored by Staffing Services, Inc. and WASP, Inc.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Time:        12:00PM- 6:30PM
                 1301 E. 4th Street
                 Falls City, NE 68355


$2000 SIGN ON BONUS with WASP!

Questions? Please contact: Sherry at Staffing Services
                                       122 W. 17th Street
Falls City, NE 68355

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