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Ricketts appoints Hastings man as Director of Department of Economic Development

David Rippe (Office of Governor Pete Ricketts)

David Rippe of Hastings has been named as the next Director of the Department of Economic Development (DED) by Governor Pete Ricketts.

Rippe, of Hastings, currently works as the Executive Director for the Hastings Economic Development Corporation (HEDC). In this role, he serves as an advocate for both community and business growth. He has worked to advance downtown revitalization efforts in Hastings and has helped to lead the community's talent and workforce development initiatives, as well as numerous corporate expansions and small business start-ups.

“Dave brings broad experience with both the state and local economic development community here in Nebraska,” Ricketts said. “During his time in Hastings, he helped secure new investments with expansions from Ag Processing Inc, Thermo King, Eaton, and Dutton-Lainson Company. Dave’s knowledge and relationships across the state will help Nebraska’s economic development team bring more good-paying opportunities, attract new investment, and grow Nebraska’s brand nationally and internationally.”

Previously, Rippe served as an economic development consultant in business recruitment for DED where he performed project oversight and business recruitment functions for the department. From 2005 until 2008, he served as a fiscal analyst in the Legislative Fiscal Office for the State of Nebraska.

“I’m excited to join Governor Ricketts’ team as we look to continue to grow the Good Life here in Nebraska,” said Rippe. “We have a tremendous workforce, great quality of life, and positive business environment, which are all attractive traits to potential businesses looking to relocate, expand, or invest in Nebraska. I look forward to partnering with the various economic development groups throughout Nebraska to ensure we continue to attract great jobs and quality talent to our state.”

Rippe holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, Hastings Area Manufacturers Association, and Hastings Corporation, among others.

Rippe’s start date is Dec. 18, 2017. His salary will be $142,000.

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