Shawn Kaskie


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Shawn Kaskie


MA, Western Illinois University
Major: Geography (Emphasis: Regional Planning)
Minor: Community Economic Development
BA, Hastings College
Major: Public Administration, Sociology, and Psychology
Professional Positions
Director, Center for Rural Research and Development, University of Nebraska at Kearney (September 2009 – Present)
Community Natural Resource & Economic Development Educator, University of Wisconsin Extension (May 2004 – April 2007
Regional Planning & Development Intern, Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District, RC&D (June 2002 – May 2003)
Community Information Technology Graduate Assistant, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (August 2001 – May 2002)
Executive Director, Sherman County Economic Development Board (April 2007 – September 2009)
Licensures and Certification
National Community Development Council PCED Certification
Gallup Entrepreneurship Acceleration System - EAS Guide – Strengths Based Business Management
CDBG - Community Development Block Grant Administrator
Post Graduate Community Development Certificate – Western Illinois University
Certified International Business Retention and Expansion Consultant - BREI
Professional Memberships
Kearney Chamber Member
Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers
Nebraska Economic Developers Association
National Association of Community Development (University) Extension Professionals
Community Development Society – (National)
American Planning Association - (National and Wisconsin Chapter)
International City/County Management Association National
Volunteer Work
Community Development Volunteer/Educator,  U.S. Peace Corps, Christian Children's Fund, Salvation Army International Development Services, Papua New Guinea (1999-2000)
Development Activities Attended
Conference, Nebraska Economic Developers Association – NEDA Bi-Annual Conferences (2010-2014)
Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers - GCEC Annual Conferences (2010-2014)
Symposium, Small Towns, Morris, Minnesota (2014).
Public Policy Education Workshop - 7 hours, sponsored by UWEX
Awards and Honors
National Small Business Week 2014 Award
Community Development Society National Student Recognition Award 2004
4-Year Scholar Athlete (Baseball Scholarship)


Published Intellectual Contributions
Master’s Thesis 2004: A Regional Economic Development Plan for Northwestern Illinois (Published by WIU)
Refereed Journal Articles
The Challenges Facing Rural Grocery Retailers. by Tim Burkink and Shawn Kaskie. Published in Peoples of the Plains: An Atlas of Great Plains Culture & History. November 2013. Kearney, NE
Presentations Given
Several: One or more to audiences listed under Department & University Service
Rural Nebraska Small Business Needs Study: May 2012 – under contract with Nebraska Business Development Center (Kearney office)
Conference Proceedings
Proceedings of the May 2012 & Nov. 2013 Rural Futures Conference.  Lincoln, NE.


Department Service
Member and Education Committee Volunteer, Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA)
Committee Member, Rural Futures Institute Inaugural Committee
Principle Investigator, Rural Sourcing, University of Nebraska Rural Future Institute (2013-Present)
Other Departmental Service Activities, Gallup Entrepreneurship Acceleration System-EAS (2011-2012)
Other Departmental Service Activities, Rapid Prototyping Machine
Other Departmental Service Activities, (Biz Kidz) Middle School Entrepreneurship Camp, (2013-Present)
University Service
Other Institutional Service Activities, Alumni/Student Entrepreneurships Roundtable (2010-Present)
Other Institutional Service Activities, Business Idea Contest (2011-Present)
Other Institutional Service Activities, Business Plan Competition (2012-2013)
Other Institutional Service Activities, Baldwin Speaker Series (2009-2012)
Advisor, UNK Enactus, formerly known as SIFE (2009-Present)
American Democracy Project, UNK Planning Committee Member
Poker Walk/UNK Staff Senate   Check-in Station Volunteer
Transportation Coordinator, UNK James E. Smith Conference on World Affairs Committee
Mentor, UNK Mentor Advantage Program (formerly ASSIST)
Member, Leadership UNK (2008-2009)


Professional Service
Member, Central Nebraska Development Network
Public Service
Community Needs Assessments, Over 17 Communities in Nebraska (2011 – Present)
Volunteer Member, Small Business Committee, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce  
Committee Member, The Lemonade Stand/Main Street Kearney            (2011 - Present)
Committee Member, UNET/University of Nebraska      
Committee Member, Connecting Young Nebraskans    
Member, Kearney Noon Rotary
Business Activities, Entrepreneurial Experience, Kearney Nebraska. (2009 - Present).
BR&E Consultant, Certified by Business Retention & Expansion International