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This week we’re having a conversation with Allan Jenkins, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Professor Jenkins was born and raised in Blackwell, Okla., a small town 60 miles south of Wichita, Kan.. He received a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 then spent the next five years working in local government at the city and county level. Jenkins received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987. Since 1987, he has been on the economics faculty at UNK.
Professor Jenkins areas of interest include rural health care, local economic development and Platte River issues. Jenkins and a colleague have completed Tax Increment Financing reports for more than .4 billion in investments and wrote major economic impact reports regarding the Medicaid expansion issue for South Dakota and Nebraska. In 2016, he received the President’s Award from the Nebraska Rural Health Association for contributions to the field.