Susan Norris Named Professional Of The Year For Community Category

NORFOLK – Earlier this month a member of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development Network (NNEDD) was honored as ‘Professional of the Year’.

According to a release from the Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA), Susan Norris was named the 2022 NEDA Professional of the Year in the community category.

The award was presented by the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, the largest association of economic development professionals in Nebraska at its Annual Conference in Valentine on May 12.

Norris, who is involved with NEDA and the NNEDD, is the Director for Plainview and Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCED). She was recognized for her accomplishments and dedicated service to economic growth in the State of Nebraska.

Norris is also involved in the Plainview Community Development Authority, Plainview Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Plainview Community Building Steering Committee and Pierce Chamber Executive Board to name a few.

Since 2017, Norris has led Plainview and PCED to bring in over $3.4 million in grants, programming and placemaking activities to the four rural communities in Pierce County. She saw a need to energize and activate communities, encourage new leadership, and plan for the future. The results are 23 new businesses added in Plainview. A significant impact for a rural community with a population of just 1,250. PCED also worked with 81 businesses after the historic flood of 2019 to reopen and received a $500,000 Disaster Housing grant to assist homeowners with fixing their homes to pre-flood condition. Norris also assisted communities with supports for businesses affected by the pandemic shutdown.

Norris has proven herself to be an economic catalyst for the Pierce County and region. She provides sound justification and knowledge that assists county and community leaders with economic growth decisions. She embraces shared leadership to help her communities build the future they envision. No one economic developer can create change without community support, Susan has successfully networked individuals who are interested in change and willing to create change within their communities. Norris’ dedication and leadership can be described as- let’s win together and create a better tomorrow.

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