Buffalo County has a new Economic Development Council Chair | Local News

KEARNEY — Trevor Lee has been hired as the new chairman of the Buffalo County Economic Development Board.

Lee, the executive director of Gage Area Growth Enterprise (NGage) in Beatrice, was announced earlier this week by EDCBC’s board.

According to EDC’s press release announcing his appointment, Lee’s background in economic development was a perfect fit for the position.

Lee will start with EDCBC on April 1.

Lee said he’s extremely excited about returning to central Nebraska to pursue his career in a place he calls home.

“Buffalo County is a special place for my family and me. The region has performed well historically in tough economic times thanks to the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of its businesses, residents and institutions,” he said.

Even as a student at UNK nearly two decades ago, the community’s pro-growth attitude was evident, Lee said. “EDC has long been regarded as a premier economic development agency statewide and I feel fortunate to have been chosen to lead it.”

Dave Oldfather, Chairman of EDC’s Board of Directors, said, “We are delighted that Trevor has chosen to return to Buffalo County and lead our economic development organization. Trevor’s experience and energy will be a great addition to the area we serve.

Prior to working for NGage at Beatrice, Trevor was executive director of Valley County Economic Development in Ord and executive director of Ravenna Economic Development Corp.

He has served on numerous state and regional economic development boards, including the Nebraska Economic Developers Association and as a member of the Heartland Economic Development Board.

During its 36 years of existence, the development council has provided economic and industrial development services to existing and new employers. Council members include representatives from Kearney, Gibbon, Ravenna and the rest of Buffalo County. Notable projects in which EDC has been involved include the relocation of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home to Kearney and the development of Tech oNE Crossing, which led to the recruitment of Xpanxion and Compute North.

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