Jim Bradford Jr. with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Diplomat President Daniel Duncan.

WAYNE - The Nebraska Diplomats, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jim Bradford, Jr. of Norfolk has been named the 2019 Northeast Nebraska Diplomat of the Year.

The Nebraska Diplomats, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with membership of more than 500 business executives and community leaders.

Diplomats, who are primarily executives from profit business organizations, use their rapport with other business executives throughout the world to promote investment and employment in Nebraska.

The organization functions to support the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and local economic development organizations to promote Nebraska’s productive business climate and unique quality of life. The organization provides a network of Nebraska leaders without political, organizational, or geographic restrictions.

Jim 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 of The Bradford Agency, he provides a point of view based on his 50+ years of experience in local, state, national business affairs. 

Mr. Bradford has been a lead contributor to many of Norfolk’s most significant building campaigns. Jim’s generosity is visible in city projects such as the Northeast Community College Lifelong Learning Center, United Way, Faith Regional Health Services bed tower addition, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau building, the Norfolk Senior Center, Norfolk Veteran’s Home Heroes Park, the Norfolk Arts Center, and the Norfolk Family YMCA expansion.

On a local and regional level, Jim has been active in economic development efforts for several decades including participation as a member and past president of the Greater Norfolk Economic Development Foundation (GNEDF), a lifetime member and past chair of the Norfolk Action Council, and a past chair of the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jim has been involved in successful efforts to recruit and locate businesses and industry to Norfolk and most recently worked alongside the GNEDF to recruit the Nor-Park Subdivision to southeast Norfolk.

Nor-Park will include 28 single-family homes, 22 town homes, 15 tri-plex units, and 56 apartment units, as well as a four-acre park. He has also worked alongside the Foundation to establish a 140-acre business park in southwestern Norfolk, which will house heavy commercial and light industrial businesses. Nor-Park broke ground in the spring of 2019 and the business park will finalize master planning efforts in fall of 2019.

Jim was named the 2019 Northeast Nebraska Diplomat of the Year at the Nebraska Economic Developers Association and Nebraska Diplomats Award Banquet at The Beaumont Event & Concert Hall in Wayne on Wednesday. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Diplomat President Daniel Duncan presented the award.

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