BEATRICE – Experts in business development, grant support, local projects, workforce and economic development offered their services yesterday to Gage County Community officials wanting to accomplish needed projects.
The two-hour session, at Southeast Community College, is part of the Growing Gage Communities process…a cooperative effort between the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, NGage and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
Milan Wall founded and co-directs the Heartland Center.
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Projects like maker-spaces, expanding community centers, or starting daycare or teen centers are among the ideas that have been discussed. Wall says it’s still early in the project…more at the idea formation stage.
Are there obstacles to accomplishing projects? Wall says one frequently mentioned, is money….but it may not be the key factor.
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In some communities, there is a core group of community leaders who are involved in various projects over several years. But, eventually, those people will retire or move on. Wall says that means finding new people to serve in leadership roles to direct future projects that will meet a community’s needs.
Wall says the Heartland Center works with communities on succession-planning…tapping young people to become the leaders into the future.
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Wall says from this point on, he says the organizations want to maintain contact with Gage County communities to aid them in finding resources and addressing needs. Wall says there’s about another year left on the local project…and the Heartland Center and cooperating entities plan to continue to serve as a “coach”, to help communities.