Joe Pepplitsch Named 2015 NEDA Professional of the Year

ARTICLE | Jun 23, 2015
Joe Pepplitsch, 2015 NEDA Professional of the Year.

Joe Pepplitsch has been named the 2015 Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA) Professional of the Year.  NEDA, the largest association of economic development professionals in Nebraska, presented the award at its Annual Conference in Gering. Pepplitsch is the City Manager for the City of Lexington and is involved in economic development for the community.

Nicole Sedlacek, President of the Nebraska Economic Developers Association stated, “Joe’s leadership talent and ability to see economic development projects to completion is evident in Lexington.  The City is fortunate to have Joe at the reins of helping to facilitate economic development for the city."

“Pepplitsch is a maverick when it comes to economic development.  In the past twelve months he has had several successful projects, which were the result of his leadership,” said Jennifer Wolf, Executive Director of Dawson Area Development.

Pepplitsch has been in the profession for 21 years.  He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota and continuing education courses in economic development.  Currently Pepplitsch is the Chair of Dawson County Area Development, a Past President of Nebraska City/County Management Association and serves on Nebraska League of Municipalities legislative committees.

“In Lexington, we employ an active planning process with the philosophy of consistently removing obstacles that discourage investment and development opportunities,” Pepplitsch said. “We maintain an annual action plan that provides an annual ‘to do’ list of achievable items to advance progress toward community goals on an incremental group focused basis.  We strive to set the table for development in the business and housing sectors through community investment in site acquisition and preparation, while implementing user-friendly development regulations and programs to foster public/private partnerships.”

Pepplitsch has actively assisted several recent development projects, including:  Orthman Manufacturing expansion, Volvo Trucks of Lexington, Legend Oaks Housing Project, Majestic Theater Renovation, Shoppes in Lexington, Lexington Fieldhouse Heritage Garden Housing Project, The Concord Condominiums, Lexington Regional Health Center expansion, Lexington Middle School/YMCA Project, Plum Creek Park Lake Restoration and the Dawson County Opportunity Center.

Pepplitsch cites several funding sources that have made development progress in Lexington, including:  local option sales tax program, private/non-profit investment, Economic Development Administration, tax increment financing, New Market Tax Credits, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and USDA.

“It is an honor for me to be recognized by my colleagues in NEDA for efforts in economic development,” Pepplitsch said.  “I share this recognition with the many individuals and organizations in Lexington that work hard to improve the community on a daily basis.  It is truly a team effort, and I have been blessed they have allowed me to lead and be part of Lexington’s accomplishments over the years”.

The Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA) was originally established in 1973 with the purpose of supporting Nebraska’s economic growth.  NEDA’s mission remains the same for its 325 members “NEDA exists to strengthen economic development in the state of Nebraska through the education and professional development of its members.”

For more information, contact:

  • Nicole Sedlacek, President, Nebraska Economic Developers Association; phone: 402-336-1504; email:
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