Brock Domeier is Building a Better Community 

  • Adam Kay
  • Black Hills Energy gas service technician and military veteran Brock Domeier recently brought new meaning to the concept of putting customers first. Domier is proud to serve his small town as chairman (Mayor, in most cities) of Shickley, Nebraska – population 340 – and as founder of the nonprofit Big Little Town Revitalization Club. A recently retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard, Domeier put his leadership skills to work in service of his community. 

     Big Little Town Revitalization Club serves Shickley as a combined community improvement volunteer organization, impromptu Chamber of Commerce, and social club. Its mission focuses on building community and improving life in Shickley. Domeier and his volunteers have installed signs and landscaping in city parks, built a new playground for local children, and put on new events to engage the local community and benefit the town. The club conceived and launched Longhorn Days, a two-day festival with a 5k race, golf tournament, car show and barbecue cookoff. 

    “When I grew up, I always had a local county fair, and the town always had an annual festival,” Domeier said. “It was a big deal. I wanted to bring that into our town.” 

    Brock Domeier’s leadership was recognized by his employer Black Hills Energy, which named him Black Hills Energy’s 2023 Volunteer of the Year for Nebraska and made a $500 donation to his nonprofit. 

    “Brock’s relentless commitment to his community and country, as well as his dedication to the Big Little Town Revitalization Club, exemplifies our mission, vision and values,” said Brett Lahndorf, gas operations supervisor in Sutton, Nebraska. “This past year, Brock Domeier has demonstrated that he is generous with his time and focused on making life better for our customers and their communities – he is an inspiration for all of us.” 

    “We’re trying to continually build what we have to make it better,” said Domeier. “Everybody should give back – it’s always nice to be a part of your community. At the end of the day, if I can steer our community to become better and have more experiences for all ages, that’s where it’s really at.” 

    While AGA frequently highlights natural gas utility workers that have acted decisively in emergency situations, Brock Domeier is a reminder that heroism comes in many forms. Domeier’s contributions to his community are an inspiration for everyone who wants their community to be a better place.