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Jarrod McCartney

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Jarrod McCartney

Director, Red Cloud Tourism and Commerce

McCartney was hired as the Heritage Tourism Development Director in 2015 and became the Director of Tourism & Commerce when Heritage Tourism and the Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce merged their marketing efforts in 2019. McCartney's position is the result of a collaboration between the Chamber, The National Willa Cather Center, the Red Cloud Community Foundation Fund, and the City of Red Cloud--all of whom recognized the need for an economic development professional. McCartney holds a bachelor's degree from Hastings College and a Master's degree from Kansas State University. Born and raised in Red Cloud, McCartney has family roots in Webster County that stretch back to the original homestead claim made by Mary Holcomb near Walnut Creek southwest of Inavale. He’s presently the Vice President of the Nebraska Travel Association and actively involved in the State Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Leadership Nebraska program. McCartney is hopelessly enamored with his wife Rachel and daughter Louise. He’s also a dedicated follower of the New York Mets, Nebraska sports and Tennessee Titans--he spends his spare time making “best of” lists about music, movies, and television.