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(Neb)-State Fair Cuts Almost Half Of Workforce To Save $500K

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/02/2019 03:52 PM
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -  Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island were laid off last week as fair officials restructure the organization amid financial problems.

     The layoffs account for nearly half the fair's workforce of 17 full-time workers and 1 one-part timer.
     State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox told the Grand Island Independent that the restructuring will save about $520,000 in personnel costs.

     Cox says the smaller full-time payroll reflects that the fair is an "11-day operation" rather than a year-round operation.

     The State Fair Board approved a budget at a Nov. 22 meeting where members learned the 2019 fair lost a projected $1.4 million.   Patrick Kopke, the fair's chief of finance and administration, resigned at that meeting after telling the board that changes were needed to avoid bankruptcy.


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