Inspiring Leadership for a Stronger Holt County

HomeTown Leadership Institute

“Hometown Leadership Institute not only opened my eyes to a lot of Holt County’s offerings that I didn’t know existed, but also became a great networking resource with the local businesses. The class was a great experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering it.”                                                      Tyler Stracke, HLI Class XIV, 2018

HomeTown Leadership Institute - so much more than just a leadership program!

What inspires you about rural Nebraska? Is it the small town closeness? The main street businesses? The great place to raise your kids? There are so many great things about living in rural Nebraska.

Still not convinced, or maybe you are and just want to know more? Join the HomeTown Leadership Institute, Holt County's versatile and rewarding leadership program, to be inspired to build a stronger rural community in Holt County.


  • Learn about the people and places that make living in Holt County great!
  • Network with other Holt County residents passionate about living in rural Nebraska.
  • Develop partnerships with local leaders and businesses.
  • Gain knowledge of different businesses and volunteer opportunities throughout Holt County.
  • Develop personal and professional leadership skills along the way.

HomeTown Leadership Institute meets every second Wednesday of the month from March through October. Sessions run from approximately 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (hours may be extended for travel). Meeting locations are held throughout Holt County. 

Sessions cover the following topics all with a focus on Holt County and life in a rural community:

  • Strengths-based Leadership
  • Economic Development and Housing
  • Local Government
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health, Wellness & Human Services
  • Community Foundations, Nonprofits & Volunteerism

Tuition for the 2019 leadership program is $175, due before March 1st. This cost covers 8 full day sessions, lunches, and t-shirts. Tuition is non-refundable. For scholarship opportunities to cover tuition, contact Holt County Economic Development at 402.336.1504 or kristi@growholt.com.

Join the ranks of the other 178 participants that have graduated from HomeTown Leadership Institute. Check out the list of alumni here.

To apply for the HomeTown Leadership Institute, download an application here or stop by the Holt County Economic Development office in the O'Neill Historic Depot Building, 330 E. Hancock Street, O'Neill, NE.

Deadline to submit applications for the 2019 HomeTown Leadership Institute is February 13, 2019.

For more information, contact Krist Peterson at 402.336.1504 or kristi@growholt.com.


Want to hear more great things about HLI?  Check out this video that helped celebrate our 10th year!