Josh Charvat was introduced as the new executive director at the 2023 Cass County Nebraska Economic Development Council (CCNEDC) Annual meeting.

Prior to this appointment, Charvat served as the business & government relations manager/interim executive director of Grow Sarpy. During Josh’s time with Grow Sarpy, he led their Business Retention & Expansion program working with businesses to learn about their needs and provide targeted assistance to reach their goals. He also organized and led committees focusing on workforce development in the skilled trades, infrastructure needs for site development and legislative oversight.

Charvat will focus on retaining existing businesses, attracting new businesses, creating new jobs, and expanding current business and industry in Cass County.

CCNEDC’s Annual Event was joined by retired U.S. Astronaut and the Strategic Air Command and Space Museum’s CEO Clayton Anderson. Mr. Anderson enlightened guests with his vision for the museum and shared his Nebraska ties which led to his current leadership role. CCNEDC also reported another strong year which resulted in four landed projects that had a combined total capital investment of $19,170,704 and 201 new and retained jobs.

CCNEDC also elected their 2023 Board of Directors and honored award winners during the annual event. Business Progress Award Honorees: Lubben Veterinary Service and The Loft Community Theatre. Service of the Year Award Honoree: Cass County Agricultural Society. Friend in Economic Development Award Honorees: Mark Norman, Greater Omaha Chamber & Dan Henry, Retired Cass County Commissioner.

CCNEDC is a nonprofit business organization, and is part of the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership. The mission of CCNEDC is to attract, retain and grow business and jobs for all of Cass County. Visit for more information about CCNEDC.