College VP moving to top MEDC post

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Andy Long will be taking over the reins at McCook Economic Development Corp., leaving his position as campus vice-president at McCook Community College.
Shary Skiles/McCook Gazette

McCOOK, Neb. — Wishing to create a community with opportunities that his children could one day move back to, McCook Community College Vice-President Andy Long will leave his position at the college to accept the executive director’s position at McCook Economic Development Corp.

Long comes to the MEDC after spending the past five years at MCC where enrollment, retention, and housing occupancy all increased. Long also played a role in restarting the Hormel Entrepreneurship Program, initiating the McCook College Leadership Program, and developing community leadership programs that included bringing motivational speaker John O’Leary to the Fox Theater this past fall. 

“MEDC and the community are blessed to have Andy at the helm. He is a proven leader, visionary, and a man of action. He has local connections, Southwest Nebraska roots, a fine family, outstanding values, experience, and education,” said MEDC Board President Dennis Berry.

Long’s focus at MEDC includes three big areas: retail and industrial recruitment, human capital development, and fostering entrepreneurship.

“The past five years, our family has come to love McCook, and I’m thrilled I can play a part in increasing economic opportunities here,” Long said. “Working at the college, I found that I enjoyed the work I did in the community and partnering with area businesses to help meet their educational and training needs.” 

Long said that through his position at the college, he was most drawn to working throughout the community, helping local businesses, guiding leadership programs at the college with area students, and developing community leadership and entrepreneurship.

“When I look at what talents and gifts I have, it seems that the things I enjoy the most and could be most successful at were tying the college to the community. This [the MEDC position] was an opportunity that gives me a chance to focus on McCook, on what I do well, and where I can make a difference.”

Long will be transitioning from the college to the MEDC through the month of May and will be full-time with MEDC in June. Through the transition, he will be reaching out to area individuals and businesses to learn more about their needs for economic development. He welcomes hearing from the public and can be reached at (308) 345-1200.

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