Beloit Announces Hiring Of Community Development Director For Mitchell County Area


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We are pleased to announce that Emily Benedick will serve as the next Community Development Director for the Mitchell County area. The interview team of Curt Frasier, Tom Claussen, and Jason Rabe had a strong pool of applicants to choose from which speaks to the quality of the position within our communities.

Emily brings a strong background in Community Development having served for the last 6 years at the North Central Regional Planning Commission first as a Community Development Representative and Assistant Director then transitioning as the Executive Director of NCRPC since March 2020. In her career at NCRPC she had to spread her focus and time across 12 counties, she is now looking forward to focusing her energy on Mitchell County and its respective communities. We are excited for Emily Benedick to bring her background to build on the foundation left by Heather Hartman.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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