Business owner supports NCTA development efforts

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

CURTIS -- Norma Lashley, BSB Construction Inc, owner and president has contributed $100,000 to the NCTA development effort.

This generous contribution follows that of the Curtis State Bank and the Sunset Haven bondholders and is a positive indication that the community recognizes the lasting value of NCTA's proposed campus expansion.

A longtime Curtis resident, Lashley is outspoken on the importance of NCTA's initiative. "NCTA's proposed project is extremely vital to our community now and in the future," said Lashley.

"The college students are the lifeblood of this area, without them and the work of NCTA to encourage growth in this area; our community will be unable to thrive into the future."

Lashley contributed cash and in-kind services on behalf of her company BSB Construction Inc. a heavy equipment company involved in land clearing, excavation, underground utilities water and sewer. In-kind contributions will directly benefit the construction of the proposed Education Center and include site preparation, utilities, landscaping and related services.

In business for more than 40 years, BSB Construction has been a mainstay of Curtis' commercial industry, employing up to 80 people at any given time. Lashley, a native of McCook, came to Curtis with her husband to raise a family and build a business. Her children and their families still reside in the area. Son Ted is vice president of BSB and daughter Dana is the company's office manager. Lashley also has a daughter who is the facilities director for DaVita Dialysis Center in McCook.

Lashley remarked "our family is committed to this community and to supporting NCTA and its vision for area growth. It is my hope that other business leaders and community members share our commitment and will join us in contributing to NCTA's campus development initiative."

According to NCTA, the proposed campus expansion will allow for much needed student housing, additional classroom space as well as upgraded technology systems. NCTA Dean Weldon Sleight is optimistic about the future of the college and of the city of Curtis.

"The campus, if modernized and expanded, will draw additional students and eventually businesses to this community. Expanding our economic base is vital, a vision shared by key business leaders and with their support I am confident we can reach our funding goal," Sleight said.

Lashley's generous donation contributes to the $1 million in private funds needed to complete the Education Center. The funding requirement is part of a matched obligation established by the state legislature which intends to commit $8.7 million to the project if the community shows its support. Direct community investment in this project is critical to ensure long-term success.

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