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Creating jobs and 1 economic development 1 in rural communities I By Senator Ben Nelson

Because I was born and raised in the small town of McCook, Nebraska, I have never forgotten my roots. I understand the plight of rural America the struggle for economic development and providing opportunities for young people 'so they don't have to move away *o earn a livhg. The population in Nebraska's u h a n areas continues to rise steadily as it has for many years while the number of people living in rural areas has declined. Figures from the U .S. Census Bureau show that from 1940 to 2000 the population of rural areas in Nebraska fell from 800,000 to about 500,000. During a f eld hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee awhile back, witnesses told us time and time again that something needs to be done to improve the economic climate in rural America before it's too late. That is why 1 fought hard to include new rural microenterprise funding in the farm bill which is now law, despite the President's veto. 1 Entrepreneur Program Based on : the Nebraska Model ] T h i s innovative provision is designed to help rural entrepreneurs and snlall businesses get started and stay in business. It is based on the Nebraska Micro-enterprise Partnership Fund which was created in 1997 while I was still Governor. The Partnership Fund has been very successful in both creating new jobs and retaining existing ones in rural areas. It has provided nearly 4500 loans, totaling $6.9 million, to Nebraska small businesses. It has also provided training and technical -

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assistance to 15,000 businesses over ; the last ten years. A Job Builder The Center for Kural Affairs estimated that in 2006 the program helped create or save 7,500 jobs at a cost of just $330 per job. . -1 .This program =has also~allowed entrepreneurs to leverage state funding with money from other sources. In:. the fiscal year ending in June 2006,' using $447,750 state dollars, micro ' prograrlls leveraged an additional $5.6 million. To put it simply, for every $1 of state funds, more than $12 was leveraged from other sources. Training Technical Assistance and I Loans The provision creates a Rural Entrepreneur and Micro-enterprise Assistance program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It provides $15 million in mandatory funding over a four year period. Four million dollars will be set aside for each of the first three years and three million dollars will be available for the fourth year. Funds can be used for both lending and technical assistance. The Backbone of Rural America This legislation will help existing businesses and encourage the creation of new businesses. It is based on the premise that these smaller businesses are the backbone of our rural economy. The continued success of these stores, restaurants and service providers is essential to ensuring that rural colnmunities survive, which is essential to the future of Nebraska.

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20 pcrccnt credit on investments sigi~it'icantlyincrease assets and recii~cepoverty, especially among of LIP to $50,000 is ~.cfi~t~(l;ible, Center for Rural Affairs which nleairg that businesses that rural people. Nebraska should consider In Nebraska there use (i5,?OC) tlon't owe taxcs reccivc a ca\h children living in poverty infusion from the state. 7'hr \t;t!e starting Individilal Development according to recenl data released shoi~ltl also maintain strong Accourit iIUiI) progriims in rural s hy the l1.S. C'ensus Wureau. funding for thc Nebrashit areas. IDAs are s a ~ i n g accoullts nlirlchr~d by public o r pri\:ate T h e number o f rural Nebrits- M i c r o e ~ l t e r l ~ ~ - i sDev?lopinen[ e ka children living in poverty, Act, a progralll that p~.ovidos hinil,, that allow low-iricorne 28,217. is higher than in suh~tr- Ii):u~s, training : ~ n d teclinic;tl I'iirnilies to acclrmi~latesakings lo bun or centr:tl city Nebr;~sha. assistance to srnall husinesccs. 1)~rch:isea Iitimc, sktrt a small If all thc r~iralcliilclren belo\\' Nebraslia s h o ~ l c l also expmtl busini..; or enhiirlce education o r training. ?'hest :~ccourlts allow the poverty le\jel lived in one programs that promote entreprc place it would be the hth larsest curial opportunities in 1.11inl tan~ilicsto build as\ets and (ong[erln financial well-being and city in Nebraska. comrn~rnities. Rural Nebraska cxri benefil Recc:trch -- including exarni- acrosq the nation have been by thc I.,egislaturr exp;tntlirig the n a ~ i o ~orf thc Center for Rurnl found to alleviate pnvcrty. F r more inforrn;rtion: Nebraska Advantage b1icl.oenter- Affair's K ~ ~ l aEnterprise l Astiisprise tax credit to allow niore tancc Project (Kf-;AP)- h;ts found ww\i .cfra.org 1: small businesses to ~1st.it. cl'l~c sm;rll b r ~ s i r l e ~de\~elopment s lo

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,!creating Jobs and Economic !:Developmentin Rural Communities By Nebraska's Senator Bert Arelsori also provided training and technical B e c a ~ ~ sI ewas born and raised in assistance to 15,000 businesses over the small town of McCook, Ne- the last ten years. A Job Builder: The Center for liraska. I have never forgotten my roots. I understand the plight of rural Rural Affairs estimated that in 2006 America - the struggle for economic the program helped create or save development and providing opportu- 7,500 jobs at a cost of just $330 per nities for young people so they don't job. have to move a\ray to earn a living. This program has also allowed The population in Nebraska's entrepreneurs to leverage state fundurban areas continues to rise steadily i n g with money from o t h e r as it has for many years while the sources. In the fiscal year ending in number of people living in rural June 2006, using $447,750 state areas has declined. Figures from thc dollars, micro programs leveraged U.S. Census Bureau show that from an additional $5.6 million. T o put it 1940 to 2000 the population of rural simply, for every $1 of state funds, than $12 was leveraged from areas in Nebraska fell from 800,000 more .. q .' :, : ,., ,..: .. . .-otker sources. :-.. . . i... - . . , i . ,, to about 500,OQ.O. ..- I%ring~ a field hearing of the ~ r a i n i @Technical ~ s i i i t a n c e atc A g r i c u l ~ u r e C o m m i t t e e and Loans: The provision creates a ile back, witnesses told us time Rural Entrepreneur and Microtime again that something needs enterprise Assistance program at the e done to improve the economic l1.S. Department of Agriculture. It h a t e in rural America before it's provides $15 million in mandatory late. That is why 1 fought hard funding over a four year pemil!&on dollars will be nclude new rural microenterprise riod.. ". Four ding i n the ;farm ,*bill- tU1Si.qk.:is,:; gt %side for Each o f t h e first three .iaw, aespiteihthe' president's years and three million dollars will be available for the fourth Entrepreneur Program Based year. Funds can be used for both n the Nebraska Model: This inno- lending and technical assistance. ive provision is designed to help The Backbone of Rural Ameral entrepreneurs and small busi- ica: This legislation will help existsscs get started and stay in busi- ing businesses and encourage the s. It is based on the Nebraska creation o f n e w businesses. o-enterprise Partnership Fund It is based on the premise that h was created in 1997 while I these smaller businesses are the {as still Governor. backbone of our rural econThe Partnership Fund has been omy. The continued success of y successful in both creating new these stores, restaurants and service s and retaining existing ones in providers is essential to ensuring al areas. It has provided nearly that rural communities survive, loans, totaling $6.9 million, to which is essential to the future of aska small businesses. It has Nebraska. -

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Creating jobs in rural Nebraska Because I was born and raised in the small town of McCook, Nebraska, I have never forgotten my roots. I understand the plight of rural America - the struggle for economic development and providing opportunities for young people so they don't have to move away to earn The population in Nebraska's urban areas continues to rise steadily as it has for many years while the n m b e r of people living in rural areas has declined. Figures the Census Bureau that '940 to 2000 the population areas in Nebraska fell from 800,000 to about 500,000. During a field hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee awhile back, witnesses told us time and time again that somet h i n g needs :to be done .to Improve the economic climate in rural America before it's too late. That 1s why I fought hard to include new rural microenterprise funding in ?.he farm bill which is now law, despite the President's veto.

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Training Technical Assistance and Loans The provision creates a Rural Entrepreneur and. Microenterprise' ASsistance program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It provides $15 million in mandatory funding over a four year period. Four million dollars will be set aside for each of the first three years and three million dollars will be available for the fourth year. Entrepreneur Program Based Funds can be used for both lendon the Nebraska Model ing and technical assistance. This innovative provision is designed to help nual entrepreTbe Backbone of Rural neurs and small businesses get America started and stay in business. It is This legislation will help based on the Nebraska Micro- existing businesses and encourrise Partnership Fund age the creation of new busiwas created in 1997 while nesses. It is based on the premise e Partnership Fund has that these smaller businesses are een very successful in both cre- the backbone of our rural econnew jobs and retaining omy. The continued success of ng ones in rural areas. It these stores, restaurants and seras provided nearly 4500 loans, vice providers is essential to g $6 9 million, to Nebraska ensuring that rural communities businesses It has also survive, which is essential to the ovlded training and technical future of Nebraska. ance to 15,000 businesses

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