e recipient of community awards at the Governor’s Second Annual Conference on Rural Development and the NCIP Award’s Banquet. The banquet was held last Friday, November 6 at the Kearney Holiday Inn/Conference Center.
Nine representatives from Petersburg were on hand as the community took First Place in all three Special Award nominations they competed in, according to their population category. These awards were:
• Volunteer and Leadership Development. Petersburg was the pilot community in the state for the NCIP Leadership Development Challenge, in which 30 volunteers ages 10-70 participated. They held the “Bash In The Burg” as a fun day and are continuing funding for an electronic marquee sign. Both of these projects were chosen as “Capstone Projects” for the course. They entered the LDC course by the deadline of August 31. In September, they submitted to NCIP/DED a large binder on the course and the final report on the capstone projects alone. Those will now be used for their (Petersburg’s) evaluation on the LDC. The NCIP/DED set up a booth honoring Petersburg during the day-long conference featuring these projects and many photos of their past economic development projects. Since its inception, four additional communities are doing the LDC.
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