CPI Drives Against Poverty, For NC Growth

NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City Prosperity Initiative highlighted a drive against poverty and invitations for growth at a community update meeting Wednesday.

Stacie Higgins of EDGE and Lisa Chaney of Better Together said Nebraska City benefits as  its citizens break the cycle of poverty and presenters outlined paths to help local business by reducing joblessness.

Dan Mauk of the Nebraska City Area EDC said childcare and housing are the largest concerns from employers.

He said about 100 children are not enrolled in licensed day care and the lack of childcare is the main cause for worker absenteeism.

Community organizer Doug Friedli said the proposed trail expansion can give children in the Kearney Hill and other neighborhoods a safe route to school.

Jim Kuhn called for adequate housing that fits the wide-range of needs under the definition of workforce housing. He said Nebraska City has opportunities for both new construction and re-purposing existing space.

He listed the old Century Lumber lots and the vacated Second Avenue school as candidates for housing solutions.

Holly McAdams Olson outlined the work of Community Prosperity Initiative’s Tourism, Arts, Recreation and Trails committee.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture students devoted a 17-week course to turn citizens’ desires for the riverfront into an actionable vision. The trail committee recently launched its funding exploration for a citywide trail that connects to Steamboat Trace and Friends of Riverview Nature Park have notified the city of funds available to re-open the park.

Mayor Bryan Bequette concluded the meeting talking about the city’s youngest citizens.

He met with first graders while on furlough, fifth grader Tiger Lilly  and high school leadership classes.

He said he encourages students to be involved, because the decisions being made today will impact the city they will inherit. He quoted social media influencer Brendon Burchard.

Bequette: “Not all risks are rewarded, but I’ll tell you what is never rewarded – stagnation.”

The Community Prosperity Initiative has a number of events planned, including the community picnic on June 9, Better Together meeting Feb. 7 at Kimmel Education Research Center, and housing meeting Feb. 13 at the EDC office.


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