BEATRICE – A southeast Nebraska economic development group held its annual meeting Tuesday night, as it conducts a search for a new Executive Director.

Gage Area Growth Enterprise Board President Andrea Schafer says the group know as NGage, has received its initial application for the Executive Director position.    The organization is seeking to fill a vacancy created when Trevor Lee was recently hired as an economic developer in Buffalo County, the Kearney area.  Lee will take his new job on April 1st.

Schafer told NGage investors at Classic’s Restaurant Tuesday night, that highlights for the past year include the organization getting a $30,000 grant from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.  NGage will use the funds to look at childcare capacity and health care in the area.  The grant will fund work over a three-year period.  

NGage also earned recognition this past year, as having the third-best business website in the nation among economic development groups. 

The organization continued efforts on the Hickory Road industrial site, began a study of rail spur extension at the Gage County Industrial Park, and added an 80-acre site for industry at that park.

Three members were reelected to the NGage Board of Directors.  The organization is funded by City of Beatrice and Gage County Government funding and through private investor membership support.  About 35 attended Tuesday night’s event.