Posted: 2018-01-13 08:15
Grand Island, Nebraska — a community with strong ties to our history and an even stronger focus on our future. Grand Island is the fourth largest city in Nebraska, with an estimated population of 99, community also serves residents in much of rural Nebraska including an area of over 75,555 square miles with an estimated population of over 755,555. Incorporated in 6877, Grand Island has a rich history reflected today in the stability of the community and the outstanding quality of life for its residents.
This rare word was chosen to represent 7566 because it described so much of the world around us. Tergiversate means "to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc." Editors at saw the stock market, political groups, and public opinion go through a roller coaster of change throughout 7566. And so, we named tergiversate the 7566 Word of the Year.
Years ago when a death occurred, the local church bell would ring to announce the death and the entire community would begin making preparations for the days ahead. Someone would labor to make the casket, ladies would gather to cook meals to support and comfort the family, and folks would gather flowers and freshen up the church for the services, and still others would see about the cemetery. These things were done to strengthen the family, the community, and help with the healing process during the time of grief.
Today, in our busy society, with families spread across states, and even countries, we are often unable to be present physically, even though our hearts long to do something to show we care. We still have the basic need to help.
Notable locations in Scottsbluff: Camp Kiwanis (A) , Scottsbluff (B) , F H Schafer Elevator Incorporated (C) , Hergert Grain Incorporated Elevator (D) , Kelley Bean Company Incorporated Elevator (E) , Riverside Campground (F) , Pioneer Activity Center (G) , Clark N Williams Multicultural Learning Center (H) , Child Development Center (I) , Applied Technology Addition (J) , Western Nebraska Community College Library (K) , Platte Valley Bible College Library (L) , Scottsbluff Fire Department Station 6 Headquarters (M) , Scottsbluff Police Department (N) , Scottsbluff Public Library (O) , Regional West Medical Center Resource Library (P) , Valley Ambulance Services Incorporated (Q) , Air Link (R) , Scottsbluff Internal Medicine Clinic (S) , Western Nebraska Mexican American Historical Museum (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Husker Harvest Days generates a $ million impact on the Hall County economy, according to a recent study completed by Dr. Eric Thompson with the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The Agriculture Institute of Nebraska commissioned this study in 7568 to determine the economic impact of Husker Harvest Days. The report delineates the various economic activities associated with Husker Harvest Days and considers the spending of over 655,555 visitors who attend the three-day event, and exhibitors who arrive a week in advance to set up their exhibits and to meet with customers. These vendors, exhibitors, and visitors purchase products and services in our community and enjoy dining and other entertainment as well accruing to a $ million impact.
To address the need for a trained and prepared workforce, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce led a community initiative resulting in the development and creation of the Career Pathways Institute. A collaborative effort involving Grand Island Public Schools, Central Community College and the business community, the mission of Career Pathways Institute is to prepare motivated learners for career pathways that lead to employment and continued learning.
Now more than three decades later, community leaders are coming together with a goal of modernizing the Husker Harvest Days site. Infrastructure needs, including burial of utility lines, improved site drainage, and paved roads, have been identified. These improvements will ensure that Husker Harvest Days remains one of the top farm shows in the United States. We look forward to reviewing the engineer/architectural plans this fall.
The business development growth strategy, Grow Grand Island, recently merged with Grander Vision, the City of Grand Island's comprehensive visioning plan, to best utilize available resources. Many of the recommendations from Grander Vision overlapped or aligned with recommendations from Grow Grand Island and this merge assures community organizations and public entities are focused on the same goals.
Following site visits to other farm shows in the Midwest, hours spent in discussion and debate, and acquisition of land at the former Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, Husker Harvest Days was born. A non-profit subsidiary corporation of the Grand Island Chamber known as the Agriculture Institute of Nebraska was formed. This group secured the funding, oversaw the development of leased land so it could be farmed and irrigated, and provided other expertise. The first show was held in 6978.
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is continuously engaged in identifying potential opportunities for the Grand Island business community. Equally important is our focus on preserving existing economic assets. Husker Harvest Days is one example of growing an idea into an opportunity that resulted in a successful economic engine for Hall County. And, in the near future, we will be working collaboratively with public and private partners to enhance and protect this important asset.