Lou Ann Tooker is the director of Economic Development for the City of Atkinson and the secretary/treasurer for the Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce. Atkinson is located in Holt County on the northern edge of the famed Nebraska Sandhills. Despite being a small town in a relatively isolated location, Atkinson’s population of 1,245 has been very stable for the past 20 years. The community is surrounded by farm and ranch lands which provide the basis for the local economy. The following is an interview of Tooker by NPZA newsletter editor Daniel Bennett in April 2018.

Another year, another successful Nebraska Planning Conference! This year we once again had over 200 registrants attend the conference. Actually, it is a number that appears to be growing as those in the planning and zoning field witness the viability of the training and networking provided by the conference. We hope the wide variety of sessions that the Conference Committee packed into the conference program covered every subject that piqued your interests. This committee of NPZA and APA Nebraska Chapter board members does amazing work each year. Take a look at some of the pictures captured of the conference and check out the NPZA website for upcoming training opportunities and other NPZA activities.  


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