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Summer Welding Class Scholarship Criteria

Posted 4/17/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Scholarships made possible by WASP, Inc. and Falls City EDGE will be awarded to qualified applicants!

Please click the link below for more information, including scholarship criteria and how to apply:

Welding Class Scholarship Criteria

Don't delay...the registration deadline for the class in May 22nd!

Southeast Community College Summer Welding Class

Posted 4/16/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) class will be offered this summer at Falls City High School! 

Two convenient options to apply:
1. Apply online via SCC
2. Print the registration form and mail to SCC

Click the link below for instructions to register online OR print your registration form.
Southeast Community College Registration Form.pdf

Invest in your future today! 

EDGE Newsletter - Volume II - April 2014

Posted 4/7/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Headlines in this Issue

  • Ames True Temper Update
  • 2013 Governor's Cup
  • New EDGE Grant Funding
  • Business/Industry Week Spotlight
  • Sacred Heart Supports Falls City
  • NEDA Legislative Day
  • 2014 GEAPS Expo
  • Falls City Recertification
  • Housing Update
  • Falter Museum Project
  • Southeast Nebraska Career Fair
  • UNL Extension/Falls City High School Partnership
  • Summer Welding Class
  • Meet Kristy Dixon

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Job Fair at WASP, Inc.

Posted 4/7/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Calling all Assembly Workers, Paint Preppers, Welders and Service Techs...

Business/Industry Week BBQ with WASP!

Posted 4/1/2014 by Falls City EDGE


Expanded Welding Class Coming to Falls City

Posted 3/17/2014 by Falls City EDGE

In collaboration with Southeast Community College, an expanded welding class will be offered this summer at Falls City High School...

Representative of Senator Fischer Visits

Posted 3/12/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Open House

Posted 3/6/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Nebraska Receives #1 Ranking

Posted 3/6/2014 by Office of the Governor

Gov.Heineman Announces Site Selection Magazine Award
Listing Nebraska No. 1

 (Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced that Site Selection magazine has recognized Nebraska as the number one state in the nation with the most qualifying new and expanded facilities per capita. This year marks the inauguration of a new Governor’s Cup award which recognizes economic development success.

 “I’m thrilled that Nebraska has earned the 2014 Governor’s Cup award for economic development,” said Gov. Heineman. “We are focused on improving business and creating jobs in our state. Businesses locating in Nebraska are impressed with our friendly and honest citizens, our strong work ethic, low energy costs, low cost of living, great education system and an outstanding quality of life.”

“This is a great honor for our state to place first in projects per capita in the United States,” said Catherine Lang, Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. “Earning the Governor’s Cup over this outstanding field confirms that the hard work of our economic developers in combination with all the amenities Nebraska offers is getting noticed by corporate players in our global economy.”

Site Selection Magazine reports extensively on domestic and global business climate issues, and is the recognized leader in reporting on corporate real estate strategy and area economic development. The 60-year-old Atlanta based magazine has awarded the Governor’s Cup annually since 1978 to the U.S. state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database.

“States compete aggressively for capital investment and for a spot on our annual list of the most successful locations in US economic development,” said Mark Arend, Site Selection’s Editor in Chief. “Nebraska’s ranking as the top state for projects per capita is evidence of a highly successful economic development strategy.”

This year, Site Selection added new criteria to their national rankings system, taking into
account a state’s population so that states with excellent economic development agencies and investment successes receive recognition.

 Additionally, the Omaha metropolitan area was ranked number one in Tier Two of new and expanded corporate facilities in 2013 for areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million. The annual metro rankings were announced in conjunction with the Governor’s Cup rankings.

EDGE Newsletter - Volume I - January 2014

Posted 2/2/2014 by EDGE

Headlines in this Issue

  • Presidents Message
  • 2013 BEST Highlights
  • Welders: In Demand
  • Annual Meeting
  • Industry Update
  • Merz Expansion
  • Dickey's BBQ Pit
  • Rulo Bridge
  • CGB Multiplier Effect
  • Executive Director Message

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2013 Annual Report

Posted 1/23/2014 by EDGE

Check out our 2013 Annual Report!

2013 Investor of the Year Awards

Posted 1/21/2014 by EDGE

EDGE awarded the 2013 Investor of the Year Award to Consolidated Grain and Barge Co.
Pictured below from left to right- Paul Deffenbaugh, Jay Bechtold, Gavin Mitchell, Seth Post, Carla Rhodd, and Eric Kresin

EDGE also awarded the 2013 Individual Investor of the Year Award to Jerry Duerfeldt and Andy Dunn.
Pictured below from left to right- Jerry Duerfeldt, Linda Duerfeldt, Nicole Dunn and Andy Dunn

Part time Position Available

Posted 1/16/2014 by EDGE

Falls City EDGE has a part time position available for an Administrative Assistant. Interested applicants can e-mail their resume to by January 31, 2014. A complete job description can be found below.

Administrative Assistant Job Description:

  • Position requires absolute discretion and successful applicant will be required to sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA).
  • Position may require the applicant to submit to drug screening on initial hiring, at random times, and for cause.
  • Keep databases current up to date and accurate.
  • Answer telephones and give information to callers, take messages, or transfer calls to appropriate individuals.
  • Compile proposal materials to prospects.
  • Arrange conferences, meetings, and travel reservations for office personnel.
  • Complete forms in accordance with company procedures.
  • Compose, type, and distribute meeting notes, routine correspondence, and reports.
  • Greet visitors and callers, handle their inquiries, and direct them to the appropriate persons according to their needs.
  • Locate and attach appropriate files to incoming correspondence requiring replies.
  • Mail newsletters, promotional material, and other information.
  • Maintain scheduling and event calendars.
  • Make copies of correspondence and other printed material.
  • Open, read, route, and distribute incoming mail and other material, and prepare answers to routine letters.
  • Schedule and confirm appointments for clients, customers, or supervisors.
  • Set up and maintain paper and electronic filing systems for records, correspondence and other material.
  • Conduct searches to find needed information, using such sources as the Internet.
  • Coordinate conferences and meetings.
  • Establish work procedures and schedules.
  • Learn to operate new office technologies as they are developed and implemented.
  • Operate electronic mail systems and coordinate the flow of information both internally and with other organizations.
  • Order and dispense supplies.
  • Review work done by others to check for correct spelling and grammar, and recommend revisions, layout/design of reports and newsletters.
  • Operate office equipment such as fax machines, copiers, phone systems, and use computers for spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and other applications.
  • Attend relevant training on new software, hardware, and new procedures as needed.

Job Hours:

Hours would be approximately 20-30 hours per week but could vary at the discretion of the Executive Director. Flexible schedule.

InternNE Presentation

Posted 11/13/2013 by EDGE

Please join us for a presentation on

With comments from local business participants,
Merz Farm Equipment and SNC.

Thursday, December 19th

12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.


Kontantino’s Pizza

117 E 17th St

Falls City, NE


Lunch will be provided.


Please R.S.V.P. by

Monday, December 9th

402.245.2105 or

EDGE Annual Banquet

Posted 11/13/2013 by EDGE

The EDGE Annual Banquet and Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at the Falls City Elks Club. 
Details below.

Consolidated Grain & Barge Co. Grand Opening

Posted 8/2/2013 by EDGE

Consolidated Grain and Barge will host a Grand Opening, which includes a BBQ, Thursday September 5, 2013 beginning at 5:00 PM.  Please put the date on your calendar and plan on joining us for this exciting event.  This is your chance to see their impressive facility, meet their management team, and welcome CGB to the Falls City area business community! 

Missouri River Bridge Grand Opening

Posted 8/1/2013 by EDGE

You Made This Possible!


By pulling together you made possible construction of a new Missouri River Bridge on U.S. Highway 159 at Rulo, NE four years sooner than anyone would have thought possible.  A bridge Grand Opening ceremony will be held 3 p.m., Sun., September 1, 2013 at Rulo, and we want you to be there to join the celebration! Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann will be the keynote speaker for the official ceremony.

We all came together with an opportunity to change the future---3 states, 1 goal----and we did it! Put the date on your calendar and plan on joining us for this historic celebration.

The Missouri River Bridge, “A Bridge to a Bright Future”


World-Herald editorial: Falls City shows secrets of success

Posted 7/3/2013 by Omaha World-Herald

Each year Nebraska’s governor awards a city or town across the state with the Governor’s Showcase Community Award to salute community vision and success. The honor offers an occasion for Nebraskans to appreciate key lessons to be learned about successful community-building.


EDGE Newsletter - Volume III - July 2013

Posted 7/2/2013 by EDGE

Headlines in this Issue

  • New Family Acquires Tri State Truck & Tractor Repair
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Business Appreciation
  • CGB Update
  • Site Selector Event
  • Political Visits
  • Real Estate Lots FOR SALE
  • Downtown Happenings
  • SERN Meeting
  • Executive Director Message
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Julie Taylor-Costello, Director for the Institute for Community Engagement (ICE), to be featured at SERN Meeting in Falls City

Posted 5/28/2013 by SENDD

For Immediate Release:  May 20, 2013
Contact:  Jen Olds, SENDD
Phone:  402-475-2560


Julie Taylor-Costello, Director for the Institute for Community Engagement (ICE),
to be featured at
Southeast Nebraska Resource Network (SERN) Meeting
Personal Care Inc, Falls City, NE
June 19, 2013

Falls City Economic Development & Growth Enterprise, Inc (EDGE) will host the Quarterly Southeast Nebraska Resource Network (SERN) Meeting on June 19, 2013.   Community and business stakeholders are invited to attend the SERN Business meeting, lunch, and a Feature Presentation in Falls City that day.    After lunch, the Feature Presentation will outline the details of the Institute for Community Engagement (ICE) program at Peru State College.

Julie Taylor-Costello, PhD, Director of the Institute for Community Engagement (ICE), will be presenting an overview of Peru State College’s ICE program. The ICE program’s mission is to foster a greater understanding of the leadership role students can play in community development by creating opportunities for students to engage with society and apply what they have learned in meaningful ways. ICE is responsible for coordinating relevant learning experiences that are integrated with the college’s academic programs.

The SERN business meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.  An agenda is located online at:   SERN is a group of development resource and service providers interested in the betterment of Southeast Nebraska.   Community and Business stakeholders are encouraged to attend the SERN business meeting to connect with resource and service providers in the region. 

A catered lunch provided by Ann Meinzer will be served at 12:15 p.m.  Lunch is available for $10 per person at each attendees own cost (payment due at time of arrival).  RSVP is required as seating is limited and lunches must be ordered in advance.  

The Feature Presentation, “Peru State College’s Institute for Community Engagement (ICE)” will take place at 1:00 p.m. The event follows the regular SERN business meeting and lunch.    There is no cost to attend the presentation however a RSVP is required as seating is limited.

Please send RSVP to no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 14, 2013.  RSVP to include attendance independently for each event:  Business Meeting, Lunch, and/or Feature Presentation.  Lunch cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to the event.  No-Shows will be billed.

To learn more about SERN and how to attend SERN meetings or receive SERN notices, email Jen Olds, SERN Chair at  SERN Meeting minutes and information are online at:  SERN includes the following Nebraska Counties and their communities:   Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, and York. 

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