Success is a team effort, and Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council (CCNEDC) celebrated a host of collaborative accomplishments at their 2019 Annual Meeting January 16 at Round the Bend Steakhouse in Ashland.

Among the wins: More than $1.8 million in capital investment, with 35 new jobs realized in the past 12 months.

“I appreciate all the collaboration in the county this past year,” said Jennifer Serkiz, executive director, CCNEDC, adding she is “encouraged by the amount of activity over the last year and enthusiastic it will only intensify in 2019.”

Pivotal 2018 Cass County accomplishments included more than 110 building permits, resulting in greater than $20 million in new investment ($15 million of which included single family homes).

Bakers Candies and Superior Sales & Service received the Business Recognition Award at the event, while Jane McDaniel received the Friend in Economic Development Award.

Award recipients were recognized for significant contributions to Cass County through economic growth, support, community involvement and improvement.

To fuel the businesses of Cass County, Serkiz said CCNEDC is “committed to accelerating the growth and capability of the local and regional talent base, focused on long-term site development and infrastructure improvements that enhance our competitiveness and focused on an economic development strategy that targets high-wage, high-investment and high-innovation opportunities”