UNK, two others heading up "rural sourcing"
UNK, the NU Alumni Association, and the software company Xpanxion are combining forces on a project called "rural sourcing."
Shawn Kaskie, Director of the Center for Rural Research and Development at UNK, says the project is all about bringing back University of Nebraska Alumni to work in rural Nebraska.
"The concept of rural sourcing relates to existing and start up companies strategically locating operations in rural areas to reduce labor costs and increase employee reliability. Now this project aims to expand on expansion of successful cross-sourcing model, and use it to modify recruit University of Nebraska Alumni back to rural areas in the pilot stage."
Kaskie says programmers will be the focus of recruiting in the first stage of the two-year project.
In the second year, engineering and accountant professionals who left Nebraska for metro areas will be targeted.
Jobs and other services will be used as ways to entice.
"We're going to have a very comprehensive database that has the existing jobs, but then it also references local entrepreneurship support services, perhaps in a rural region that they might be moving back to, and then help them establish a network of related service providers in their field that they perhaps couldn't make business for themselves. So create wealth where there was none. So reversing that rural brain drain."
Funding for the project was made possible by one of two types of seed grants.
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