NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City commissioners welcomed Tom Bliss, the new executive director of Southeast Nebraska Development District, at their meeting Monday.
Bliss, who replaced the retiring Dave Taladay this spring, said he has been making the rounds through the 15-county area to better understand economic development priorities here.
Bliss: “Workforce development is huge issue. Rural broadband is another. Housing has popped up again and again. So we are looking at all of those and we will probably add more to that list as my visits to board members in counties and cities expand.”
He told commissioners he wants SENDD to be a partner the city can count on.
Bliss: “There are projects that are bigger than individual jurisdictions, there are projects bigger than individual counties, so, especially in rural areas, counties and jurisdictions have to partner together to do big things.”
Bliss has worked in regional economic development the past 20 years, beginning in Springfield, Mo. He worked for a city outside of Kansas City before going to work at Maryville, Mo., and Atchison County.