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John Hoehne

He graduated from Creighton University with a degree in Political Science. John was originally born in Scottsbluff and returned in 2008 to work campaigns for Adrian Smith and Mike Johanns.  Prior to arriving in Scottsbluff, John spent 6 months working on a pipeline in Alaska and worked in Kearney and a law office in North Platte as a paralegal.  His girlfriend, Kesha Hinzle, recently joined him,  moving from North Platte to accept a position as a pharmacy tech at Family Thrift Center. John has always liked smaller communities and never wanted to live in a big city.  He enjoys a 5 minute commute and believes this is a great place to start a family.  He has lived in other communities this size and believes Scottsbluff and Gering are very active an d progressive in comparison.  He says one of the downsides of living in Nebraska is the lack of public land, compared to MT or ID, for example.  ‘Here,’ he says, “The only way you have access to things, such as hunting or fishing, is if you own it or know the right people to make that happen.”  He loves his new position at Twin Cities Development and he and Kesha look forward to starting their new family with the addition of a baby girl due on December 18!

 

 

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Phil  moved here early in the summer to manage the new Fremont Motors Ford dealership.  Jennifer followed shortly and accepted an administrative position with Paul Reed Construction.  They love the friendly and open feeling of their new community.  Phil has been very impressed with the community support of their new business.  He said, “It is clear that the community wants new businesses to be successful in this community.”  He is also very impressed with Regional West Medical Center and the airport.  Coming most recently from a smaller community, he was very surprised at many of the community amenities.  He was raised in a larger metropolitan area and after living in Wyoming came to have an appreciation of the people in rural communities.   

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Gering, NE where her family still lived. They directed her to www.wehavejobs.net  

Jeremy & Cassie Behnke 

Scottsbluff High School.  They both moved away from the community about 10 years ago to pursue college.  They recently moved home from Kearney to be closer to both of their families and  have really enjoyed coming back to the area after experiencing life in central Nebraska.  Jeremy is so grateful to be able to return home and teach in the same school system where he was educated.   

  

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Gering, NE offering him an opportunity to work in a variety of accounting areas.  “I really like my job with this firm.” he enthusiastically states. “I interact with people in all areas tax, finance, auditing, personal and business.  The job in Omaha was too narrow for my interests.”  Young moved to Gering, but his wife, Simen, remains in Omaha working for the Omaha Public School System until they are able to sell their house.  Their 2 ½ year old daughter is in China visiting Wang’s mother and father for the summer.  When Wang and Simen were recently taken on a community tour, they were amazed at how much the community had to offer.  “I had no idea there were so many things to see and do, especially for families and children.” Young has recently become a member at the local YMCA and plays racquetball every Sunday with a new group of friends he has met.  “Everyone is so friendly here.  I really like it.” He lives only 5 minutes from the office and says he spends a lot less money on gas since he has moved here.  He looks forward to his family joining him soon.

  

Seth Covalts

Bridgeport High School, and Seth is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.  He was living in Omaha when a friend forwarded him a link to a job listed on the www.wehavejobs.netTorrington, WY.  Seth sums up his experience in the following quote:  “I have found my experience working with Twin Cities Development to be both helpful and enjoyable.  It is nice to see an organization take such an active interest in the future of the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The low cost of living and high quality of life of the area is complemented with an important sense of community pride and involvement.  It boasts safety, security, and familiarity as a great place to raise a family, while also offering a surprising amount of career options.”  His fiancé is currently enrolled in the University of Nebraska’s College of Nursing Program available at the extension center in Scottsbluff.  They plan to marry in the fall.

 

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Michigan, so he was familiar with life in a ‘small town.’  When he came to interview for the position, the sight of the sugar factory was a pleasant reminder of what life had been like for him.  He said it brought back a lot of nostalgia.  During his interview, he met many of those he would be working with and found them very friendly, hard working, and relaxed.  He knew this would be a great community to raise his family of 2 young boys and wife Cyndi, who would soon deliver number 3.  Upon arriving in Scottsbluff, they read about a Newcomer’s picnic.  It was the first social event they attended and felt like they were home.  Marc recalls that they met someone who introduced them to another person who then connected them with a realtor who was able to find a house to rent.  “That’s one of the great things about small towns,” says Marc, “There is always someone who is willing to help you or who knows someone who can.”  Cyndi, who grew up in Arlington, TX, speaks about the first time her boys were able to play in their front yard without her worrying about something happening to them.  She is still amazed that her boys are able to safely ride their bikes over to friends house a block away.  “That just isn’t possible in Arlington,” she states.  “This is the perfect place to raise a family and you can get any place you need to in about 5 minutes.”  Husband Marc chimes in, “And if your kid does something he shouldn’t, someone else will let you know in about 5 minutes, too!”  The Trees have 3 boys, Edward, 10, Tristan, 7, and Avery 10 months.  When asked what they like about Nebraska, Edward and Tristan say, “Everything!  AND we get to have 3 recesses at school!”

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New Doha International Airport.  He had been waiting for 8 years for his papers to go through so he could move to the United States.  His father had worked often in America as a structural engineer and ElBialy had always wanted to do the same.  To him, America was always the ‘land of opportunity.’  In January 2008, he came to the United States and lived with his brother in Houston.  He found a position on Careerlink in Scottsbluff, NE for Heggem Construction where he could use his struCAD3-D experience.  Most of the engineering positions in Houston were in the Oil and Gas Industry, and he was looking to use his structural engineering knowledge.  ElBially says, “I couldn’t believe it when the owner of the company called me to talk to me about the job.  I was really impressed!”  He moved to Nebraska in March and is currently designing and detailing a $7 million steel project for a new recreational center being built in Gillette, WY.  “I really like the work and I am getting great experience in this job.  I am hoping to someday be a project engineer.” When he isn’t working, he likes to go to the YMCA and go to the movies.  He also likes to listen to rock music, especially Metallica.  When asked if he likes country music, he pauses and says, “Shania Twain!”  He would like to buy a dirt bike soon and spend some time going ‘off-road’ working on his technique.    


 

 

Business

 

We
have been using wehavejobs.net for quite some time and are very pleased with
the results.  It is a quick and easy way
of posting job openings and with great results. 
When I receive applications in, more time than not, the applicant puts
down that he/she learned of the opening through wehavejobs.net.  The geographic area is wide-spread and is
larger than one would expect. 
Wehavejobs.net is one of our main sources for advertising openings.  Darla Heggem and the staff at Twin Cities
Development have been great and easy to work with.

NTC has experienced extremely positive results
from the use of the wehavejobs .net site. There has been very expedient posting
of the available jobs and often times questions of the success rate of
placement to enhance improvement of the site. 
I find wehavejobs.net in many cases much more successful than the
nationally known sites when we place joint postings and at a lower rate.  I would recommend this for anyone searching
for quality employees!

Brent
Dormann
Director of Human Resources
Nebraska Transport Company

This was
my first time to use wehavejobs.net
and I found it very helpful in filling the position in my office.  Darla
was very helpful in getting my posting set-up and answered my questions in a very
timely manner.  I had responses from across the state and was able to fill
the position with what I feel will be a valuable employee.  I will
definitely utilize this service again.

Rhonda
Schledewitz

Insurance Representative

Darla
and the Twin Cities Development staff were instrumental in Intralinks Technical
Solutions finding and hiring a qualified technician to help serve our expanding
business.  We were extremely impressed
with the number of qualified applicants we received in a short amount of time,
the professionalism of the TCD staff, and the timeliness of responses.  By providing this service and helping to
bring more people to the area, wehavejobs.net and Twin Cities Development are
great assets to our community.

Scott Phillips
Vice President
Intralinks Technical Solutions



Owen Palm
President/CEO
21st Century Equipment, Inc.


Rick Tuggle
Senior Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
First State Bank

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Eskam & Eskam, Certified Public Accountants, a Professional Corporation

 

Twin Cities Development.  We have had a difficult time hiring CPAs in our area and their recent support has really helped our overall recruiting success.  To date, we have received over 40 resumes from wehavejobs.net.  As an added bonus, the staff at TCD attends career fairs that we don’t always get a chance to attend.  They represent us and forward possible candidates to us.  The TCD staff keeps our job openings in mind and always promotes our company to potential employees who are considering a move to the Scottsbluff area.  Plus I have seen the TCD staff in action at career fairs promoting our community to people who before, would never consider a move from Wyoming or Colorado to the state of Nebraska.  The staff at TCD and www.wehavejobs.net are a key part of our recruiting plan.”
 

Kirk Hayes

Marketing Director/Recruiting

FALCO Enterprises



With First National Bank North Platte in 5 locations – Alliance, Chadron, Gering, Scottsbluff and North Platte – we are able to hit all our markets with one swoop.  Assistance has always been available to us at Twin Cities Development, through which has been efficient and effective.  The annual cost for this recruitment resource is well worth the dollars.  I’d recommend this recruitment  resource to any employer looking to enhance their reach for candidates.”

Oliva Conrad
Director of Human Resources
First National Bank of North Platte




 
Lisa Gion
Human Resources Director
Panhandle Mental Health Center and
Region I Behavioral Health Authority