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Don Macke

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Don Macke is a Director with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.  The Center ( works throughout the United States and Canada supporting research, outreach, professional development and policy work related to rural entrepreneurship.

The Center is part of the Rural Policy Research Institute ( ) or RUPRI.  RURPI is a leading national rural research and policy think tank focusing in multiple areas including telecommunications, health care, poverty, governance, informatics and economic development.

Don has over 35 years of experience in the field of rural community economic development.  He has served in the Nebraska Legislative, the Cabinet of the Nelson Administration in Nebraska, worked as a consultant in nearly 40 states, Canada and the Caribbean.  Since joining the Center, Don has logged over 1 million miles travelling throughout rural America.

Don has a MA in Regional Economics and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Lincoln Nebraska is Don’s home.  He is married to Jenny Carver, a Pre-School Special Education Teacher and they have two sons – Sam and Eric.

Go to Don’s Rural Economic Developmand and Employment Paper