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(Neb)-Deb Cottier NEDA Professional Of The Year  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/13/2017 09:33 PM
CHADRON - Northwest Nebraska Development Corporation executive director Deb Cottier is the 2017 NEDA - Nebraska Economic Developers Association - Professional of the Year in the category of local/county organization. Cottier says she's humbled and honored by the award.

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Cottier was nominated by Starr Lehl, Business Development Consultant for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and a former mayor of Gering, who says Cottier "understands the overall picture and the vision of the community."

       Lehl says that while Cottier has worked tirelessly to develop Chadron, she's also worked the same way for western Nebraska and on the federal level...calling her "connection to people and businesses across the state and nation invaluable assets."

     Cottier serves on the boards of the Heartland Expressway Association and 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, and is Co-Chair of the NEDA Legislative Committee. NEDA President Jason Esser says the committee has "experienced a resurgence of engagement from the membership" in recent years.

      He credits much of that to Cottier's "professionalism, commitment and passion for the legislative process"...adding that she may represent Northwest Nebraska but genuinely cares about all of Nebraska's communities."

       Cottier has headed NNDC for 8 years, but has spent more than 3 decades working in economic development in one for or another as executive director of the Chadron Chamber of Commerce, advertising manager for Nebraska Life Magazine, and Panhandle field representative for Ben Nelson when he was both governor and U-S Senator.

    NEDA is the largest association of economic development professionals in Nebraska with 320 members. It has the mission of supporting Nebraska's economic growth and professionals who work on a daily basis to promote that growth.


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