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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





   
       



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 kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 www.nediplomats.org

2014 WASP Job Fair!

Posted 9/8/2014 by Falls City EDGE

JOB FAIR 2014!

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

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

WASP is now hiring: WELDERS, ASSEMBLERS, SAFETY COORDINATOR/RECEIVING CLERK, and MACHINE FABRICATION!

$2000 SIGN ON BONUS with WASP!

Questions? Please contact: Sherry at Staffing Services
                                       122 W. 17th Street
                                       
Falls City, NE 68355
                                       (402)801-8010

FREE Welding Class!

Posted 9/3/2014 by Falls City EDGE

FREE Welding Class
Upgrade Your Skills Now!



   Southeast Community College, in collaboration with
   Falls City High School, is offering a second FREE
   Gas Arc Welding (MIG)  class! 
 
   HURRY into the Falls City EDGE office (1705 Stone Street)
   for your registration form.

   Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
  
   Click for more information!

EDGE Newsletter - Volume III - 2014

Posted 7/2/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Headlines in this Issue

  • Welding Class
  • EDGE/Chamber/Main Street Open House
  • Falls City Earns Recertification
  • WASP BBQ
  • Corporate Visits
  • Falls City Tops Homeowners List
  • Brenner Field Improvements
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  • Executive Director's Message

 
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FREE Welding Class!

Posted 6/11/2014 by Falls City EDGE

FREE Welding Class
Upgrade Your Skills Now! 

Southeast Community College, in collaboration with Falls City High School,
is offering a FREE Gas Arc Welding (MIG) class! 

HURRY into the Falls City EDGE office (1705 Stone Street) for your
registration form.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Click here for more information!

Falls City 9th in Nebraska's 'Best Places for Homeownership'

Posted 5/30/2014 by Falls City EDGE

Nerd Wallet, a consumer advocacy website focused on providing consumers with unbiased information regarding credit cards, mortgages, retirement accounts and insurance, ranked Falls City the 9th 'Best Place in Nebraska for Home Ownership'.  Click the link to read the story:

www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/best-cities-homeownership-nebraska/

Falls City Recertified for 5 More Years

Posted 5/28/2014 by Nebraska Dept.of Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Falls City recertified for five more years

MAY 27, 2014 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—Falls City, Neb., has earned recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program for another five years. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).

Falls City (pop. 4,300) has been very active since first earning its certification designation in 2009.

“It’s exciting to see all the tremendous development that’s taken place in Falls City since the community endeavored to first become certified,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Dan Shundoff.  “Given their laser focus on and commitment to growing their community, it will be fun to see just how far they take it during the next five years.”         

The city’s EDGE business retention and expansion program (which includes yearly corporate headquarter visits) helped grow the area’s industrial base through projects that included:

•A multi-million-dollar, three-plus-mile track expansion for Herzog Railroad Services, Inc., that has enabled the company to store and switch out approximately 425 cars, and doubled its storage capabilities.

•Airlanco’s acquisition of a 17,700 sq. ft. research and development building, addition of a new second work shift, and hiring of 17 new employees, bringing the current workforce to 92. Airlanco, a division of AG Growth International, specializes in aeration, airauger, filtration, pneumatic conveying, and replacement parts manufacturing.

•WASP, Inc.’s employment growth from 33 in 2010 to 92 today with more growth on the horizon.  WASP bills itself as the world's largest non-powered ground support equipment manufacturer for airlines, ground handling and cargo companies.

Vantec’s 40,000 sq. ft. facility in Falls City, capable of holding 20 injection molding presses and doubling in size to 80,000-sq.-ft., operates 24-7 to keep up with client demand.

•A local industry, Ames True Temper, plans to invest millions of dollars in equipment upgrade and infrastructure improvements in 2014.

Falls City’s EDGE program also has been a catalyst for new development in Richardson County throughout the past five years, with more than $250 million in projects spanning industrial growth, workforce development, housing, infrastructure improvement, and business retention and expansion.

“EDGE investors and the leadership in our community have been critical to the progress we’ve made over these past five years,” said Bar Keller, EDGE president. “Falls City/Richardson County is well positioned for continued success, and with sustained collaboration and action, we will create the most powerful, long-lasting, generational change. EDGE is proud to serve as a catalyst for development in this region.”

Falls City EDGE Vice President of Marketing and Sales Kevin Malone said, “Falls City EDGE has played a major role in sowing the seeds of change by helping to secure key strategic investments and partnerships, fostering the expansion of local businesses, attracting new business and investment, and preparing the region for future growth. We are seeing real dividends and with the positive environment we are operating in, we believe anything is possible.”

The City’s newest industry, Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) opened in September 2013. The project included significant infrastructure upgrades, including water, sewer, gas, electric, rail and highway access. CGB invested $25 million-plus in this site, which offers room for expansion for additional business investments.

Falls City collaborated with regional partners to secure federal and state funding for improving infrastructure related to enhancing connectivity to Interstate 29, including a new, expanded Missouri River bridge at Rulo. Approximately $32 million was invested in this project, which opened to traffic September 2013.

Communities exhibiting economic development readiness are eligible to earn certification once approved by a review committee. Communities are judged against standards including organization, local industry target identification and workforce issues, infrastructure, local financing and business assistance, as well as child care.

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...

http://www.mscnews.net/news/index.cfm?nk=34496

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
  • FABTECH
  • 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 director@fallscityedge.com 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
 
InternNE

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 assistant@fallscityedge.com

EDGE Annual Banquet

Posted 11/13/2013 by EDGE

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

   
     
 
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