WAYNE — Longtime Norfolk business owner Jim Bradford Jr. of Norfolk was named 2019 Northeast Nebraska Diplomat of the Year by the Nebraska Diplomats.
The award was presented at a banquet hosted by the Nebraska Economic Developers Association and Nebraska Diplomats at The Beaumont Event & Concert Hall here Wednesday evening. Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Diplomat President Daniel Duncan made the presentation.
The Nebraska Diplomats is a non-profit corporation with membership of more than 500 business executives and community leaders. The organization supports the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and local economic development organizations to promote Nebraska’s productive business climate and unique quality of life, providing a network of Nebraska leaders without political, organizational or geographic restrictions.
Bradford has been a Nebraska Diplomat since 1996 and is a business, civic and community leader well known throughout Nebraska. As the owner and chief executive officer of The Bradford Agency, he provides a point of view based on his more than 50 years of experience in local, state and national business affairs.
Bradford has been a lead contributor to many of Norfolk’s most significant building campaigns, and his generosity is visible in such projects as Northeast Community College’s Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk Senior Center, the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau building, Norfolk Arts Center, the United Way, Norfolk Veterans Home Heroes Park and the Norfolk Family YMCA expansion.
On a local and regional level, he has been active in economic development efforts for several decades, including as a member and past president of the Greater Norfolk Economic Development Foundation, a lifetime member and past chairman of the Norfolk Action Council, as well as the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.
Bradford also has been involved in successful efforts to recruit and locate businesses and industry to Norfolk and most recently worked alongside the the community’s economic development foundation to recruit the Nor-Park Subdivision to southeast Norfolk.