Kristine Jacobson Selected as President’s Priceless Pick by Reed McClymont, PCDC President
11 May 2020
Reed McClymont, president of the Phelps County Development Corporation board of directors, announced today that Kristine Jacobson is his selection for the 2019 President’s Priceless Pick.
Each year, a community member that has demonstrated sustained dedication in support of PCDC’s mission is honored by the sitting president. In announcing his selection for the preceding year, McClymont pointed to Jacobson’s contributions to PCDC’s marketing and publicity efforts. “Kristine is a gifted writer who helps refine our message. Phelps County has a higher profile because of her, and as an organization we’re more effective,” he went on to say.
Jacobson is a native of Holdrege and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in journalism. She started her career in daily newspapers where she’s worked as a reporter and editor. She also taught newspaper design classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney before moving onto working in the nonprofit world. She was an original staff member at the YMCA of the Prairie in Holdrege and served as the marketing director and then executive director of the YMCA (now the Don Sjogren Community YMCA).
In 2014, Kristine started a public relations business (KRJPR) where she helps organizations like PCDC to achieve their communications and publicity goals. In addition to on-demand writing assignments, she serves as the editor for the widely read Phelps County Business Journal, distributed quarterly to every address in Phelps County and also the monthly E-Newsletter published by PCDC.
Ron Tillery, executive director of PCDC, endorsed McClymont’s choice by saying “Kristine is someone we can count on to help at a moment’s notice to craft messages that resonate with the intended audience. She’s a valued member of our team that we can always count on.”
Kristine and her husband, Chadd, recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. They have three children, Sam, 20; Andrew, 16; and Ella, 15. Kristine volunteers in multiple community activities including Godteens as a leader, Phelps County Extension Board, Phelps County Visitor's Committee consulting member, Chapter H P.E.O., and the PCDC Retail Recruitment Committee.
Jacobson joins past recipients that include Fred Diedrichsen, Stacy Pafford, Tim Anderson, Reed McClymont, Tim Rehm, Michele High and Doug Stevenson. Usually, the President’s Priceless Pick is announced at PCDC’s Annual Meeting & Banquet, which was postponed this year due to Directed Health Measures related to COVID-19.
The Phelps County Development Corporation works together with investor partners to grow a vibrant Phelps County economy. PCDC’s work includes attracting residents, recruiting new and retaining existing businesses and manufacturers, securing a quality workforce and promoting Phelps County as a great place to live, work and conduct business. PCDC is funded through private investors supplemented by program income from LB840, approved by voters, which directs city sales tax proceeds to economic development.