Garry Clark has been in the economic development field for over 12 years. In early 2019, Clark published his memoir, Unlikely Viking – From the D.C. Projects to Rural Nebraska. He currently works as the Executive Director at the Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC), in Fremont, Nebraska. Clark joined the Greater Fremont Development Council in September 2017. Prior to his GFDC role, He worked as the NIFA Opportunity Fund Manager out of the Omaha and Lincoln, NE offices and before that served as Cuming County Economic Development Director and Zoning Administrator for 5 years in Northeast Nebraska.
Garry is the second Vice President of the National Rural Economic Developers Association and has served as the Northeast Development Network Chair in 2015. In late 2018, he was awarded the Midland Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award for his aggressive workforce housing efforts in Fremont, Nebraska. He received his BA in Sociology from Dana College, Blair, N.E. and his Master of Science in Urban Studies/Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Although his Alma mater (Dana College) is no more, He was inducted into the Dana College Hall of Fame for Track and Field in 2010 and received the Outstanding Young Alum Award in 2018. He holds 11 records (most ever in the school’s history) and was the first male National Champion for Dana College. Prior to his work in Nebraska, he started out as a City Planner- Main Street Manager and Economic Development Specialist in Florida and Washington, D.C.