2018 Serviceship Communities/

McCook THETA Camps

April 6, 2018
Interns The Latest June 8, 2018 All Week Three Updates May 25, 2018 We have had an amazing first few days here in McCook. As a trio, THETA is continuing to build upon the foundation laid last summer. We have …


 

Project Description

Serviceship interns will be returning to McCook for a second summer of youth camps on health, exercise, and aquaponics. This project came about as the result of an RFI competitive award received by two UNK professors, Nate Bickford and Matt Bice, with the assistance of Greg Brown. The camps will provide hands-on educational environments that integrate many key skills necessary to not only improve the health of rural youth, but also inspire future health professionals. Interns will also have the opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals at McCook’s Community Hospital and be involved in community projects as they arise.

 

Host Team

  • Nate Bickford (Lead)
  • Sarah Wolford (Lead)
  • Matthew Bice (Lead)
  • Greg Brown

Interns

Tyan Boyer

Hometown: Plainview, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Major: Exercise Science

Collin Fleecs

Hometown: Sutherland, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Major: Exercise Science

Bradley Schoch

Hometown: Marquette, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Major: Exercise Science

The Latest

June 8, 2018

We implemented Module 1 of THETA camp the past week, and it has been very successful for our team. In Module 1, after getting to know everyone, we started fast by germinating plants with our students. The students were very interactive with this step in the growing of our produce.

After getting some plants started, we moved on to the next step which was constructing our hydroponic and aquaponic systems. The students seemed very interested in how these growing systems worked as well as very excited to be able to get their hands dirty and do a little construction project.

Students were able to use drills and cocking glue guns in order to build the structures we needed. It was very rewarding to teach a new skill to kids that had no experience with, specifically using a drill. It was also very interesting to watch kids work together to lift heavy bags of gravel and place it within our systems!

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May 25, 2018

The THETA trio talked with Rich Barnett of High Plains Radio about RFI and their camps live on the air.

We have had an amazing first few days here in McCook. As a trio, THETA is continuing to build upon the foundation laid last summer. We have instantly been thrown into action here in the small community of McCook where we have been making several connections as well as increasing the numbers for our camp attendance this summer.

Our first full day in town, Monday, we started off by stopping by the hospital to visit with Sarah Wolford and let her know that we made it and are ready to get to work. We also visited the local YMCA, the new facility for the THETA camp, to continue to build relationships and look over the utilities and room we will have access to this year. We believe that the YMCA will be a much better location for us to have another successful camp this year as we have plenty of space and resources at our fingertips.

Continuing on to Tuesday, we were notified in the morning that we were to be at the local radio station, High Plains Radio, in 45 minutes to promote the Rural Futures Institute and our THETA camp live on the air. We had a great time at the radio station where we were able to visit with a few locals as well as the radio host, Rich Barnett.

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Black Hills Energy

April 6, 2018
Intern The Latest June 1, 2018 Unlike the other RFI Serviceships taking place throughout the state this summer, my experience with Black Hills Energy has been in progress since the beginning of April. My experience is also unique in that, because Black …


Project Description

Black Hills Energy’s pilot Serviceship began in April, addressing its community and government relations needs on a statewide and regional level. Projects include assisting with employee advocacy and communications planning, Nebraska community giving strategy, and natural gas safety outreach plan for college students.

Host Team

  • Melissa Garcia (Lead)
  • Brandy Johnson
  • Jill Becker
  • Alisa Neff

Intern

Emily Coffey

Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Political Science

The Latest

June 1, 2018

Unlike the other RFI Serviceships taking place throughout the state this summer, my experience with Black Hills Energy has been in progress since the beginning of April. My experience is also unique in that, because Black Hills is a regional natural gas provider, my work deals with the company’s priorities at a statewide and regional level.

I’m fortunate to have started my Serviceship while the Nebraska legislature was still in session because it gave me the opportunity to accompany my lead mentor to the capitol on one of the legislature’s final and busiest days. It was really fascinating to see the lobbying process firsthand, and helped me to understand the importance of educating and working with elected officials on issues that have implications for the utility. Each year there are a number of legislative bills that have the potential to affect the ability of Black Hills’ customers and employees to safely access affordable natural gas.

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Omaha Land Bank

April 6, 2018
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Project Description

Serviceship interns working with the Omaha Land Bank will have the unique opportunity to potentially serve the entire state. The Omaha Land Bank’s priority project is supporting legislation to develop housing strategies for regional organizations in rural communities across Nebraska. This will include the management of the 600 properties currently overseen in Omaha by the Omaha Land Bank, working with property acquisition organizations to build an understanding of reforming problem properties, and potentially working on a plan to cost effectively landscape and care for the properties.

Host Team

  • Marty Barnhart (Lead)
  • Mary Wells
  • Laura Heilman
  • Dave Schreiner
  • Kurt Holmstrom

Interns

Sydney Armbruster

Hometown: Falls City, NE
Campus: Peru State College
Major: Disease & Human Health

Kyle McGlade

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
Campus: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Public Administration

The Latest

June 1, 2018

The first two weeks in Omaha, Neb., at the Omaha Municipal Land Bank have been nothing short of amazing. Between being welcomed in the office to going to the house sites and exploring the city we have been able to really feel like a part of the OMLB team.

As a group, Sydney and Kyle went on a trip to a home the Land Bank has acquired. With Kurt, Dave, and Laura we were shown the types of property that OMLB takes on and looks for individuals to redevelop. At this property, securing the house and cleaning up the lawn were big priorities. The home had sat vacant for 12 years and will in the next few months be purchased for redevelopment (which needs to happen within nine months) thanks in large part to OMLB having the ability to waive leans and other blockades to developers having interest.

“The work team at the Omaha Land Bank has a chemistry that makes you feel like you aren’t really even at work. It’s fun and rewarding. I can’t wait to see what the next 8 weeks has in store for us,” Kyle said.

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McCook, Neb.

April 6, 2018
Interns The Latest June 8, 2018 All Week Three Updates May 25, 2018 Day one of week one was spent meeting community members and getting a tour of downtown McCook from our project supervisors Carol Schlegel and Ben Dutton. Walking …


Project Description

McCook’s priority project is an assessment of the assets of the High Plains Museum and Carnegie Library, as well as an action plan for the curation of the facility to appeal to a diverse audience. This will also involve promoting these facilities using resources and technology. McCook’s secondary projects include event and community photography through Red Willow County Tourism, Business Incubator Programming through the McCook Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and being involved in developing McCook’s Young Professionals group.

Host Team

  • Carol Schlegel (Lead)
  • Ben Dutton
  • Lena Koebel
  • Denise Garey
  • Greg Brown

Interns

Emily Frenzen

Hometown: Fullerton, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication

Sage Williams

Hometown: Eddyville, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Education

The Latest

June 8, 2018

Over the last two weeks in McCook, we have continued to create an inventory of the items in the High Plains Museum. With nearly 4,000 photographs taken to date, we are nearing the end of our record keeping process! We are also starting to inventory the books in the Carnegie Library. Additionally, we have been interviewing members of the museum board to get their perspective on the future of the High Plains Museum. The interviews have assisted in the stimulation of new ideas and the incorporation of the most significant parts of McCook’s history. Brainstorming sessions have been a vital part of our everyday by keeping our minds moving and fresh ideas rolling in.

One of our secondary projects is to create a library of community photography for future marketing purposes. This means we get to travel across the county capturing small town Nebraska main streets, unique buildings and favorite restaurants in the area like the Rocket Inn where people come from afar for their famous pizza. We discovered the gem that is the Rocket Inn this week while exploring Indianola and then made our way to Bartley for more photographs.

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May 25, 2018

Emily and Sage visited Carhenge at the Knights Museum in Alliance, Neb., while looking for ideas to improve the High Plains Museum in McCook.

Day one of week one was spent meeting community members and getting a tour of downtown McCook from our project supervisors Carol Schlegel and Ben Dutton. Walking the brick streets that pave the way for the many successful local shops was definitely a highlight to our first day! We will primarily report to Carol, McCook’s Tourism Director, since our primary project is creating an action plan for organizing and remodeling the High Plains Museum. After touring the museum, we both agreed that we have more work to do than we expected. However, we are tackling the challenge ahead with fixed determination and high energy.

To get a few ideas moving forward, we traveled to the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering, as well as the Knights Museum in Alliance where we also stopped at the famous Carhenge! These were two very high quality museums, and we were able to pull several new and innovative ideas to potentially apply to the High Plains museum. We invested in flip charts to gather our thoughts after our day of asking questions and note taking at other museums. Since then, we have been photographing items in the museum and, as Carol requested, putting together an inventory of the museum’s assets.

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Broken Bow, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Project Description

Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, the City of Broken Bow and the Melham Memorial Medical Center have partnered to create cornerstone projects for the Broken Bow community. The two overarching projects are:

  • Assisting CEDC’s business committee in establishing a YMCA in Broken Bow. A project group has been formed and is looking to make progress during the summer in determining the feasibility of establishing a YMCA. The initiative has picked up steam recently with support from the Melham Memorial Medical Center, which currently provides a wellness center in the community.
  • Exploring opportunities for tourism development based on occasions that have untapped potential for driving the economy of Broken Bow forward as well as accommodating another group of tourists.

 

Host Team

  • Andrew Ambriz
  • Deb McCaslin

Interns

Leanne Gamet

Hometown: Paxton, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication

Jessica Weeder

Hometown: Albion, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agribusiness

The Latest

June 1, 2018

We have both been very busy here in the community of Broken Bow! Both with working on major projects and a few smaller ones here and there. Our first week consisted of meeting a multitude of people and setting up coffee talks with the community. Our plan there is to reach out residents for their opinion on recreational opportunities here in Broken Bow.  We have started working on tourism and getting in contact with potential partners in Sturgis and surrounding areas in South Dakota. Another smaller project has been contacting television stations to get a ‘Through My Eyes’ promotional commercial about Broken Bow out across the state. We have learned a lot about cold calling Nebraska TV stations and getting campaigns put together to run this ad. Two smaller projects we are taking on by ourselves include making Custer County Leadership Certified and a Livestock Friendly County.

Both of us are really looking forward to involving ourselves in the local culture by participating in more festivities and celebrations throughout the summer!

Leanne and Jessica discuss the community coffee talks they’re hosting live on the air for 92.3 KBEAR.

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Columbus, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Project Description

Serviceship interns in Columbus will be splitting time between the Columbus Area Future Fund and Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. They will be integral to the Future Fund’s “Toward a Bolder Future Campaign” this summer, assisting with marketing, event planning, and administration. For the Columbus Area Chamber, the interns will be planning and organizing local activities for Young Nebraskans Week, engaging local partners in opportunities to educate, challenge, and entertain participants. This project is critical to talent attraction and retention in Columbus and throughout the state.

They will also research options to market the Columbus region nationally as a place to live and work, using the “Something Good Columbus” brand. They will lead the charge to create, sell, and promote a universal community calendar related to the community brand, organize summer activities for other interns and also help facilitate committees and chamber events to include Columbus Days and Red, White, KaBoom.

Host Team

  • K.C. Belitz (Lead)
  • Kara Asmus
  • Rick Chochon
  • Pat Heimes
  • Sandie Fischer

Interns

Clayton Keller

Hometown: Millersport, OH
Campus: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Public Administration

Amber Ross

Hometown: Callaway, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agribusiness

The Latest

June 1, 2018

Columbus: small town; big things. We started the week with back to back meetings and networking. We met many of the communities leaders and were able to learn about our projects for the summer. It was a long day and we were running on fumes, but our hosts, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Area Future Fund, were able to come together and provide us with a “Get to Know the Newbies” Dinner. It was a welcome meal as we had spent the day adding to the ever growing list of projects. Throughout the dinner we were able to speak with the mayor, the chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, and the president of the Columbus Area Future Fund. We were also dining with a journalist from the Wall Street Journal, as she was in town gathering information for a piece on the growing need for rural housing.

And let’s not forget about our own thoughts and impressions. Columbus is new territory for us, and with that comes first impressions.We have also been impressed with the people that we have met. We have met a lot of different people but they have all sung the same tune—there is something good going on here. We have both really enjoyed meeting the key community players that work every day to improve Columbus, and we’ve been impressed by the quantity and quality of these key players in the community as well.

Clayton and Amber were featured in The Columbus Telegram. Read their article >>>

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Seward, Neb.

April 6, 2018
Interns The Latest June 8, 2018 All Week Three Updates May 25, 2018 We are working with the Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership (SCCDP) under the mentorship of Jonathan Jank. Our primary project is to develop a sustainable Seward …


Project Description

Serviceship interns in Seward County will be developing a welcoming and engagement program for new permanent residents and temporary visitors. This includes working with local businesses to create a fresh first impression of the community. Seward County’s secondary project is assisting in the development of groundwork for establishing a Seward County Foundation, as well as working on Seward County’s first cultural festival.

Host Team

  • Jonathan Jank (Lead)
  • Vikki Gremel
  • Gary Rolf
  • Clark Kolterman
  • Suzanne Gligorevic
  • Megan Kahler

Interns

Raghav Kidambi

Hometown: Chennai, India
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Human Resource Management

Maddie Miller

Hometown: Waverly, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management

The Latest

June 8, 2018

Our time at the Seward County Chamber has been reasonably productive so far. We met with many community stakeholders over the past week and a half, which has been extremely insightful to make meaningful progress towards achieving our primary project goals of creating a sustainable engagement initiative for Seward County. Meeting these stakeholders and community members one-on-one gave us the knowledge of the various opinions that community members have. This then lead to the filtering of opinions which enabled us to come up with tangible output plans.

We hope to be able to collaborate with community members, stakeholders and local businesses to be able to pull off the event that we are in the process of creating. We are very excited to, and yet a tad bit nervous about putting up this event. The nervousness stems from the possibility of a minimal turnout for the event, but that does not equate to having to give up on our marketing efforts. We believe that persistent and strategic marketing and coordination will help us achieve our goals.

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May 25, 2018

We are working with the Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership (SCCDP) under the mentorship of Jonathan Jank. Our primary project is to develop a sustainable Seward County Newcomers program that will engage new permanent residents and many visitors to Seward County each year. We are also teaming up with local businesses to determine how to attract new customers and to take a fresh look at Seward County to determine what first impressions newcomers have of local communities.

We have specifically started to narrow down our goals for the summer. We will be trying to reach out to newcomers and get more information on how we can make Seward County “sticky.” Some of the questions we will ask members of the community include: “What attracted you to move to Seward?” and “How was your experience moving into Seward? What went great? What could have been better?” We will also try to reach out to leaders of surrounding communities such as Milford, Utica, Bee and Cordova. We also know that the lack of housing has been a problem in Seward County. We are trying to find out the necessary information that can help retain newcomers to staying in Seward County in the long term. Conducting surveys or simply setting up meetings with new families and people to the community may solve this.

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Red Cloud, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Project Description

Serviceship interns in Red Cloud will be creating a strategic marketing and economic development plan to fulfill the Heritage Tourism Development Initiative. This will include working to pass LB840 and increasing visibility of the Red Cloud brand. Red Cloud’s secondary projects will include tourism, event facilitation, and housing and nuisance property cleanup.

Host Team

  • Jarrod McCartney (Lead)
  • Ashley Olson
  • Dennis Hansen
  • Gary Ratzlaff
  • Jay Hall
  • Justin Armstrong
  • Liz Rasser

Interns

Trenton Buhr

Hometown: Cortland, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Political Science, Psychology, & Classics

Trevor Harlow

Hometown: Waterloo, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Political Science & Environmental Studies

The Latest

June 1, 2018

As a whole, most of the week was spent getting introduced to the town’s assets and stakeholders. For our task, this is a very important step because these people live and breath the problems of the community that we were sent here to help solve. We can already tell that the city has a lot going for it. There are many well organized groups who are trying to improve the town in many ways from tourism to athletics to housing. In the coming weeks we will be seeing a lot of these people and some new faces as we try to pin down the problem(s) that we want to help solve. We can already see a lot of the big issues. But, it is also a matter of understanding the limit of our influence both in direction for the town and financially.

“Although we have barely scratched the surface of our project here in Red Cloud, I can already feel the work Trenton and I are doing impact the community in a positive way. We are continuing to grow and learn from the people in this community, and by the time we are done this summer I know we will have gained an amazing and unique perspective that will carry us even further in our careers and life,” Trevor said.

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Norfolk, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Project Description

The primary project will focus on capturing the story of how a particular business in Norfolk is investing 10% of their gross revenues into their employees and the community, including the creation of a permanent charitable endowment and a goal of investing $50 million through Daycos4Good by 2028. As this philanthropic program evolves, the students will be capturing the story using video, written testimony and web content will allow it to be shared with others who may wish to do the same. It is a unique approach to rural philanthropy and community and personal development that may help others to capture assets that exist in all communities.

A second project will be to create a marketing strategy for the Norfolk area that unites, educates and promotes retail and service opportunities. The students will work to create a plan that guides us as we strive to provide a positive experience for customers, visitors and businesses that contribute to a robust and forward moving economy.

Host Team

  • Tammy Day (Lead)
  • Traci Jeffrey
  • Anders Olson
  • Brandon Day
  • Mark Zimmerer
  • Candice Alder

Interns

Cheyenne Gerlach

Hometown: DeWitt, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Integrated Sciences

Samantha Guenther

Hometown: Crofton, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Education

The Latest

June 1, 2018

Cheyenne Gerlach and Samantha Guenther are in Norfolk for their RFI serviceship. For the first five weeks, we are working to tell the story of Daycos. Daycos is unique in that they are a for-profit AND for-good business. It is our job to capture what Daycos does, how they do it, and why they do it in hopes of informing and inspiring others to possibly do the same. The overarching goal of our project with Daycos is to come up with a way to re-brand Daycos’ for-good movement, Daycos4Good, as simply intertwined with Daycos as a whole. We will be creating video, web content, and written publications to help portray this message.

For the second five weeks, we are working to promote the retail and service sector of the Norfolk community for the visitors bureau. We will be acting as “secret shoppers” to get an inside scoop on how business owners and employees are welcoming and promoting Norfolk through their business. We will also be doing a “windshield assessment” of businesses in Norfolk to gain a better understanding of how it can be improved. Then, we will be working to help make those improvements to strengthen the retail and service sector.

For our day to day tasks during the past two weeks, something that we have started doing every Tuesday is creating a set of objectives and goals for the week. This means that we created the first set of goals our second day on the ground in Norfolk. These goals are hung in our office and in our homes so that both of us go to bed and wake up thinking about what we all need to get done by Tuesday. This has been a great experience and has really impressed the people that we are working with. We have wasted no time “acclimating” to Norfolk or planning our work. We’ve jumped in feet first, and it has really helped us in the long run.

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Neligh, Neb.

April 6, 2018
Interns The Latest June 8, 2018 All Week Three Updates May 25, 2018 This week was not a typical week for us. We started off on Monday morning doing administration work such as filling out confidentiality agreements, I9 information and …


Project Description

Serviceship interns in Neligh will conduct a regional mapping study on Neligh, Antelope County, and the greater Northeast Nebraska region. The mapping report will highlight demographics, SWOT assessments, current and future economic trends, infrastructure reports, geography, and identify technologies for integration into Neligh’s “Responsive City” movement. This report will be used to shape the projects within Neligh’s strategic planning process. Neligh’s secondary project is the creation of social media content for Antelope County that focuses on the region’s community activities, the promotion of Neligh and Antelope County as a place to live and grow a business, and the creation of templates for future marketing materials.

Host Team

  • Gabriel Steinmeyer (Lead)
  • Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen
  • Melissa Smith
  • Matt Goracke
  • Abigail Frank
  • Brad Averill

Interns

Michayla Goedeken

Hometown: Humphrey, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Integrated Sciences

Rhiannon Cobb

Hometown: Omaha, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Political Science & Global Studies

The Latest

June 8, 2018

For the past two weeks, we have been working on finishing up our mapping reports, as well as finding host homes for Tour-de-Nebraska. We recently finished the Neligh report, and we’re about a third of the way done with the report for Northeast Nebraska. Additionally, we created a small marketing campaign containing a flyer and social media posts for Facebook to entice people to volunteer their homes for Tour-de-Nebraska.

There is a serious housing shortage in Neligh because there are many short-term workers flooding the housing system because of all of the wind towers going up around town. Since most of the people that would open their houses for Tour-de-Nebraska have already rented them out, we came up with the idea to incentivize homeowners. The first five people to open up their house will receive gift certificates which were donated by local businesses. Additionally, we printed out flyers and delivered them door to door to get the word out. We also started setting up recording times with community members for marketing videos for Neligh.

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May 25, 2018

Michayla volunteering at the Thriftway Market Burger Bash.

This week was not a typical week for us. We started off on Monday morning doing administration work such as filling out confidentiality agreements, I9 information and going through screenings. Later that day, we went on a walking tour of the downtown business district. We met countless active members of boards and business owners. That evening we sat in on a meeting with Nebraska Community Foundation and the Neligh Community Foundation. Neligh is trying to decide on whether the community should become a part of NCF or not. They do a lot of projects, and the next biggest one they have in mind is renovating the old movie theater in town to get it functional again.

On Wednesday, we had the cool opportunity to travel to Beatrice for a Nebraska Main Street conference. There we heard from economic developers, both private and public, about projects that are going on around the state and learned of funding opportunities for projects. While we were there a discussion occurred where the question was posed, “How do we get young people to come back to rural Nebraska?” It was interesting to see how different generations viewed that challenge differently and had vastly different solutions that could work, some we agreed with some we did not. On Thursday we worked in the office as well as attended a City Council informational meeting about the nursing home in Neligh. There recently has been some controversy around management so the city is considering leasing the building. On Friday we served burgers at the Thriftway Market Burger Bash.

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Cozad, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Project Description

Cozad’s Serviceship interns will address the community’s priority project of housing by conducting a complete inventory that will include the condition, ownership, and tax status of each vacant property. The housing inventory will greatly advance Cozad’s efforts toward rehabilitation, code enforcement, and re-occupancy. Additionally, Serviceship interns will take the lead to revitalize the highway corridors, which offers the first impression of the community and is critical to attracting new investment to Cozad.

Host Team

  • Jen McKeone (Lead)
  • Susan Kloepping
  • Laura Rody
  • Kirk Riley
  • Laurie Yocum

Interns

Christy Cooper

Hometown: Waverly, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Education

Shelby Utech

Hometown: Hubbard, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Economics

The Latest

June 1, 2018

In Cozad, we hit the ground running during our first couple of weeks. We’ve attending multiple meetings including, but not limited to, Cozad City Council, Rotary, and the Cozad Development Corporation Citizens Board. We’ve already gotten one project almost wrapped up and are working hard on several small tasks that have been overlooked for too long. The people in Cozad are marvelous—we can’t wait to build more connections in town!

The past two weeks, Shelby assisted with Cozad’s first Biz Kids Camp. There were ten middle school students that had four days of classroom instruction from Janita Pavelka, Entrepreneurship Educator. Shelby shared some of her entrepreneurial experiences with the students as well as helped prepare them to start their businesses. The biz kid students learned from local entrepreneurs and businesspeople, the UNL-Extension EntrepreneurShip Investigation curriculum, which led to everyone starting a new business.  Shelby will help these students launch their businesses at Music Monday in Cozad on June 4th.

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Alliance, Neb.

April 5, 2018
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Project Description

Alliance’s Serviceship interns will be working in conjunction with NU’s Extension to implement the Marketing Hometown America project in Box Butte County. The interns will have the opportunity to enhance the community’s marketing strategy by developing taglines, utilizing social media, and creating videos that showcase the opportunities, events, and attractions available in Alliance and throughout Box Butte County. Chelsie Herian, lead mentor and Box Butte Development Corporation Executive Director, is excited to see the county’s communities through the eyes of two college students. She believes that the Serviceship experience will further their mission to maintain, enhance, and diversify the economy of Box Butte County, Nebraska.

Host Team

  • Chelsie Herian (Lead)
  • Joni Jespersen
  • Pasha Korber-Gonzalez
  • Ellen Lierk
  • Tonya Mayer
  • Susan Unzicker

Interns

Haley Ehrke

Hometown: Orleans, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agribusiness

Mirissa Scholting

Hometown: Louisville, NE
Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Major: Agricultural Education

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June 8, 2018

It’s hard to believe that three weeks have gone by already! We have been very busy in Alliance working with the Box Butte Development Corporation to develop our video for the Marketing Hometown America Project for Box Butte County.

For the last three weeks, we have been meeting new people from Hemingford and Alliance, moved out of our host family’s house and into our duplex, worked on developing hashtags and our video project and volunteered at Carhenge.We have also spent some time in Hemingford working out of Mobius Communications-Hemingford Cooperative Telephone Company and have been in touch with businesses there as well. We plan to film more footage there in the upcoming weeks.

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May 25, 2018

The concept of our project is to create a Marketing Hometown America video to attract new residents to Box Butte County. We are also creating social media hashtags and providing input on websites that are involved with Box Butte County.

We have had a very busy first week. On Monday, we toured Alliance to get an idea of where everything was and met the people who work in our office. On Tuesday, we toured Hemingford, met many business owners and had a meeting. On Wednesday, we worked on hashtags and video ideas, had a meeting at the Knights Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance and then had an afternoon meeting in our office. On Thursday, we had a meeting at First National Bank with the branch president and the president of First National Bank from Omaha, Clark Lauritzen. Then, we went to Chadron and had a meeting with the Western Nebraska Development Network. We also discussed the Alliance and Hemingford websites with our lead mentor Chelsie Herian. On Friday, we sat in on a talk with the Alliance Times-Herald and also visited with a storyteller about our project.

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