Rich Nelson spent many years working in the Omaha financial and communications industries. Eight years ago, the allure of a quieter lifestyle brought him to Hamilton County. That and “five grandkids,” he says.
“I think Hamilton County has the attributes of a lot of places in America. We have a solid citizen base. We have a strong economic base. We have people who care about each other,” says Nelson, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.
The “attributes” Nelson mentions have led to Hamilton County consistently maintaining a population of just over 9,100 in recent years.
Throughout its 150-year history, the county’s population has centered around family-owned farms. And while agriculture remains the economic backbone of the county, there