Meet the Director Monday

Meet the Director Monday: Kim Beger

This week’s “Meet the Director Monday” is Auburn Development Council Secretary/Treasurer Kim Beger. Kim works as the Administrative Assistant for the City of Auburn. She has served on the board since 2013.

Kim was born and raised right here in Auburn, NE. She left Auburn soon after graduating high school. After her worldly adventures as a military dependent, Kim returned to Auburn in 1992. While living in Auburn she met her husband Nate Beger, who works in operations for the Cooper Nuclear Station. Kim and Nate raised their son Xavier and have continued to build their life in Auburn. In her spare time, Kim enjoys traveling. Italy has been her favorite destination to date. When she isn’t traveling, Kim volunteers for different organizations in the Auburn Community as well as serving as a Nebraska volunteer coordinator for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation with her husband Nate.

Kim’s time with the Auburn Development Council first started as part of her job as administrative assistant. However the more she learned about economic development and the impact ADC has on the community of Auburn, she became more invested.

“Auburn Development Council is an important organization that plays a crucial role in the vitality of Auburn and surrounding communities.” -Kim Beger

To Kim, being a director of ADC means being connected to regional and state organizations, to learn as much as she can about opportunities that Auburn can be involved with or learn from. When asked her favorite part about being an ADC Director, Kim says she loves bringing information and new ideas to ADC which in turn could benefit Auburn. She enjoys working with the business community and connecting them to people who can help solve problems. “If I can’t help someone solve a problem, I can find someone who can.”

When asked who is someone she looks up to on ADC, she said Tim. “I admire Tim because of his ability to think analytically. He is not only a rational thinker but he is able to list pros and cons in every decision. We know that behind every vote, he is always making an educated choice.”

The future is bright and busy for ADC. When asked what excites her about the future of Auburn Development Council, she enthusiastically responds. “I am excited about our current directors and those who we will continue to add. The vision and the commitment the directors have for the future of Auburn is inspiring. ADC continues to grow as the umbrella that economic development is under continues to expand. We are able to adapt to the ever evolving needs that businesses in our community continue to have.

Meet The Director Monday

Meet the Director: Leslie Clark

This week’s “Meet the Director Monday” is Auburn Development Council President, Leslie Clark. Leslie has served on the council for one year and works as the administrative coordinator at the Auburn Berean Church.

Leslie Clark is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has lived in the midwest for 35 years and has lived in Auburn for the last 15 of those years. Leslie adore’s her superman husband, Kent Clark and together they have two adult children Noah and Lillia. Leslie and her husband Kent moved to Auburn to lead the ministry of the Auburn Berean Church. Leslie joined the Auburn Development Council after she had just completed the Nemaha County Leader Class and the Honeybees in the Heartland project. She was looking for greater ways to have a positive impact in the Auburn community, and wanted to continue to be a part of creating a better and brighter future for Auburn. ADC’s mission and purpose fit into those goals perfectly, making her want to be a part of ADC’s team.

To Leslie, being a member of the Auburn Development Council means that she is working on behalf of Auburn and its business community to help build and grow a strong economy. “I’m working in collaborative efforts to help market the Auburn area as a great place for business and entrepreneurial growth.” To Leslie, being an ADC director means that she has the opportunity to help enhance the quality of life for current and future citizens of Auburn.

While Leslie loves being a Board Member on ADC her favorite part is the opportunities she has to get to know many of the amazing community members of Auburn. When asked who she looks up to on the ADC Board she said Kim Beger. “I admire her persistence in seeking a better future for the community of Auburn. She continues to pursue a brighter and better future for Auburn every single day.”

The Auburn Development Council has a lot in the works. When asked what excites her about the future of the Auburn Development Council she has nothing but positive things to say. “Once accepted and approved, I’m excited to begin implementing all elements of our 3 year strategic plan. It will definitely take a lot of work, investment, and collaborative effort within the community, but I believe the end results of a revitalized downtown, passionate, community pride, a stronger and thriving economy in Auburn and more will most certainly be worth the effort.”

RFI Fellows: Mid-Summer Update

Our Summer in Auburn Continues…

Hello Auburn, we are back again to give you an update on everything we have been doing for the past week. We’ve recently been spending our time going around to the local businesses that participated in the ADC’s Double Down gift card program to do a follow up survey about how it has benefitted their business during their time of need. We have loved visiting the local shops and eateries that Auburn has to offer. We have met some great business owners and have uncovered several hidden gems within the community.

Along with surveying the local business owners about the gift card program, we have spent a few afternoons on the Honeybee Scavenger Hunt. As interest of art and beauty continues to grow in the community, curiosity about the scavenger hunt continues to grow across Nebraska. Leslie Clark, the president of the Auburn Development Council, has been involved in several phone and radio interviews including one with the Nebraska Life magazine. You can find her interview and the pictures that we, along with one of our community leaders Julia Oestmann, took of the bees in an article in next month’s issue! The bee scavenger hunt is a great way to get outside and enjoy the community.

We have some exciting new projects that are in the works and we can’t wait to share them all with you soon. We hope you had a great Independence Day!

See you again next week,

Brittney and Emma