2016 Rural Regional Forum: Chadron, Nebraska
On September 28, 2016, the Rural Futures Institute co-hosted a Rural Regional Forum in Chadron, Nebraska. The forum included overviews of RFI-funded engagement projects, tours of the community that highlighted successes, a “community visioning” process for area youth, discussions with business, education and health care leaders and group work that aimed to address challenges.
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[00:00:04.321]Let's go, squeeze it out, Pat!
[00:00:07.200]We are delighted to be kicking off this
[00:00:10.969]regional rural forum in Chadron,
[00:00:13.426]a very unique community in a unique region in our state,
[00:00:17.772]a region that we believe has significance nationally.
[00:00:20.992]I applaud the efforts of the Rural Futures Institute
[00:00:23.767]to help build communities,
[00:00:26.230]to help move communities forward
[00:00:27.987]and to look at those issues and have discussions on this.
[00:00:30.622]I think it's really important.
[00:00:32.554]We really really really need to boost our technology.
[00:00:34.810]Aggregate our resources.
[00:00:38.546]This project, you know, once we're complete with it
[00:00:41.084]and have published the research,
[00:00:42.893]might inspire other rural local communities to develop
[00:00:46.291]their own simple labeling system.
[00:00:49.493]We're really excited about
[00:00:51.304]the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition, our new project.
[00:00:55.719]We've been ranching in Loup County, Nebraska,
[00:00:57.657]since 1904, and then in 2001,
[00:01:01.189]my older brother Adam started a tourism operation,
[00:01:03.761]and that has really grown to include nature-based tourism
[00:01:07.515]as well as ecotourism.
[00:01:12.618]The purpose of the Rangeland Center
[00:01:14.067]is to provide opportunities for students
[00:01:15.827]to study the different aspects of rangeland,
[00:01:18.199]whether it's through the soils,
[00:01:20.205]whether it's the different plantings,
[00:01:21.619]whether it's the effects of wildlife and cattle and whatnot.
[00:01:27.374]We have the middle school over here.
[00:01:28.822]We came up with a bunch of ideas
[00:01:30.425]for what we want the community to be like,
[00:01:33.050]and making a three-dimensional abstract of it.
[00:01:37.445]The inter-baseball facility would feature
[00:01:39.497]strong community involvement,
[00:01:41.050]and new businesses.
[00:01:42.397]All of the groups were amazing,
[00:01:43.759]I just want to say that, you guys really
[00:01:45.303]did a great job.
[00:01:49.014]Each of us have our particular aspects,
[00:01:51.283]but it's all part of the same community.
[00:01:53.675]We have people come to the bean broker
[00:01:56.205]from all over the place, and I'll tell you folks,
[00:01:59.144]they love it here.
[00:02:01.738]When we get together,
[00:02:03.174]we do great things.
[00:02:04.407]So to have it in something like this,
[00:02:06.208]it brings the community leaders together,
[00:02:07.935]gives us a chance to talk, you know,
[00:02:09.621]about the future of the area.
[00:02:11.084]I mean it's eye-opening,
[00:02:12.529]and people are wanting to help,
[00:02:13.915]and they're wanting to make a difference.
[00:02:15.770]The problem that we have run into is
[00:02:17.662]affordable family housing.
[00:02:19.456]Increase the tax base.
[00:02:21.023]And it's a geothermal greenhouse.
[00:02:23.423]We want to write grants to put in a greenhouse,
[00:02:26.098]and we wanted to use him as a resource.
[00:02:29.305]Well that made a personal connection with it.
[00:02:33.486]We're all working together for the good
[00:02:34.995]of Nebraska's rural communities.
[00:02:36.986]It's a mission quite honestly
[00:02:38.525]that the University of Nebraska has identified
[00:02:41.778]as one of its principle missions
[00:02:45.590]in changing life for the better on planet Earth.
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