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New Economic Development Coordinator is on the job

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HARTINGTON —  Miranda Becker wants to make a difference.

Becker was hired this week to do just that as she became Hartington’s new Economic Development Coordinator.

After long-time coordinator Carla Becker resigned the position earlier this year, the Hartington Economic Development Board and City Council members sat down to iron out a job description and determine how many hours a new coordinator would need each week.

It was decided that in order for Hartington to stay competitive in the world of economic development, the position should transition from a part-time post to a full-time one.

The Verdigre native, who has lived in Hartington with her husband, Eric, for the past 15 years now, said she is excited to take on this new role.

“We have a nice little town here. I thought we might be able to improve it and make it better for our kids down the road,” she said.

Becker, who worked at Haven House for nine years prior to taking this position, said she has a lot of work ahead, so she plans to hit the ground running. 

She plans to visit with current business owners to assess their needs and build relationships.

She also plans to educate herself and local business owners on what Hartington Economic Development can do to assist them.

Becker, a Verdigre native,  moved here in 2004, shortly after her husband began working for Cedar-Knox Public Power.

Upon moving to Hartington, she found some limitations in the job market for women seeking to use their college degrees.

She’d like to work to change that.

“We have a lot of really educated women that maybe can’t find a job, it would be nice to be able to bring more business opportunities to them,” said Becker, who has a bachelor of science degree in human service counseling from Wayne State College.

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