CEDC hires new economic developer

The Custer County Economic Development Corporation has a new leader. Melissa Garcia has been hired as its new economic developer and will take the title of president.Melissa has spent the last five years working for Mid Plains Community College as a community liaison for their Center for Enterprise Business and Community Development.She was born in Broken Bow where she started elementary school. She moved out of the community with her family when her father joined the service, and later returned to Custer County and graduated from Callaway High School.“As a youth who left Custer County, it is very rewarding to come back and be able to see what a progressive community Broken Bow has become and I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of effecting that positive growth,” said Melissa.Melissa’s husband works as an engineer for the Nebraska Department of Roads. He will be transferring to the Broken Bow office as they sell their home in North Platte and relocate to Broken Bow. “We are very excited about the move,” she said. They have two children, a second grader and an 18-month-old toddler. In addition to her experience with Mid Plains Community College, Melissa is a certified business developer and has had training in grant writing, coalition building and business planning and expansion. “I very much enjoyed the interview process,” she added. “I have heard great things about the community, and about the organization from friends and partners not only locally but also at the state level. I am very excited about the direction the board wants to take.”