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PLATTSMOUTH – There was much to celebrate at the recent annual meeting of the Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council (CCNEDC), according to its executive director.

And, it all came through a collaborative effort, said Jennifer Serkiz.

“I appreciate all the collaboration in the county this past year (2018),” Serkiz said at the January 16 meeting at the Round the Bend Steakhouse in Ashland.

According to Serkiz, the county’s economic development effort brought in more than $1.8 million in capital investment, with 35 new jobs in 2018.

There were also more than 110 building permits issued, resulting in greater than $20 million in new investment of which $15 million involved single family home development.

At that meeting, Bakers Candies and Superior Sales and Service received the Business Recognition Award, while Jane McDaniel received the Friend in Economic Development Award.

Award recipients were recognized for significant contributions to Cass County through economic growth, support, community involvement and improvement.

Serkiz said she was encouraged by the amount of activity last year and is “enthusiastic it will only intensify in 2019.”

To fuel the businesses of Cass County, Serkiz said CCNEDC is “committed to accelerating the growth and capability of the local and regional talent base, focused on long-term site development and infrastructure improvements that enhance our competitiveness and focused on an economic development strategy that targets high-wage, high-investment and high-innovation opportunities.”

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