Cuming County Economic Development

We are very grateful that you have decided to be a part of the Cuming County business community. Without your business in our communities and county, we would not be in the position we find ourselves in today.

Across the Village of Bancroft, the Village of Beemer, the City of West Point, and the City of Wisner, our communities believe in an effort to ensure economic sustainability and social vitality for the business community as well as the local residents.

Cuming County Economic Development (CCED) was established by local municipalities and county governments working together to help support local businesses and agriculture to increase the taxable valuation in hopes to provide opportunities to county residents, address rural depopulation, and to spread the county tax base and reduce property taxes. CCED is funded by an inter-local agreement between Cuming County and its four communities.

    • Business consultation (expansion, job opening advertisement, transition planning, etc.)
    • Business grant-loan support (we will help you find what is available locally and state-wide)
    • Continually update, implement and follow the Cuming County Economic Development strategic plan
    • Youth entrepreneur workshop and youth retention program
    • County-wide marketing campaign
    • Host informational workshops for housing, marketing, agricultural and business


Cuming County Economic Development, Inc. (CCED, Inc.), a partner to CCED, received its non-profit status from the IRS in July of 2013. Its mission statement and exempt purpose is to undertake activities to encourage the retention and attraction of businesses in the area to help enhance the county’s economy by focusing on business retention and expansion, people recruitment, business recruitment, community betterment and housing.

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Cuming County Economic Development Board

The Cuming County Economic Development board was formed by each village and city board nominating one individual from their community and the County Board of Supervisors nominating five individuals from throughout the county. The representation is an excellent group of multi-experienced business and community professionals. The current members are:

Jon Bailey
Board Chair
Director, NENEBHN
Al Vacanti
Board Vice Chair
City of Wisner
Bonnie Vogltance
Cuming County
West Point
Chet McWhorter
Cuming County Public Power District
West Point
Doug Steffensmeier
Steffensmeier Insurance
Holly Schroeder
Prime Stop
Jon Cerny
Kacie Borchers
Northeast Comm. College
West Point
Tom Goulette
City Administrator
West Point

Cuming County Economic Development Staff

Executive Director: Kelly Gentrup
Kelly Gentrup is the Executive Director of the Cuming County Economic Development. She is also the CVB Manager for the Cuming County Visitors Bureau. Kelly grew up in Wayne and is no stranger to Northeast Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a degree in business administration and a minor in travel and tourism. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching Zumba, and of course promoting Cuming County!
Phone: (402) 372-6001

Project Coordinator: Carla Kai
Carla Kai joined the Economic Development office in September 2016 as the Administrative Assistant. She has a diverse background in the manufacturing industry with experience in drafting, sales, event planning and graphic design. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading and spending time spoiling her grandchildren. Although not a Cuming County native, Carla is eager to help the communities within Cuming County grow and prosper.
Phone: (402) 372-6001