2016 Rural Regional Forum: West Point, Nebraska
On September 22, 2016, the Rural Futures Institute co-hosted a Rural Regional Forum in West Point, 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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[00:00:00.388](uplifting acoustic guitar music)
[00:00:05.356]We are in the business of working with communities
[00:00:09.043]who have a core of leadership, like West Point,
[00:00:11.935]to join hands with people who know this region
[00:00:14.638]better than anyone, and that's you.
[00:00:16.938]That are trying to go from where they are
[00:00:18.985]to where they'd like to be.
[00:00:20.706]What would you want to see?
[00:00:21.891]Build a town home.
[00:00:23.411]So how do you integrate immigrants?
[00:00:25.877]So as a partnership with the University of Nebraska
[00:00:27.510]Medical Center ...
[00:00:28.945]We used the funding Rural Futures Institute
[00:00:31.578]to create a 17 week online course to give people an idea of
[00:00:36.031]what the community areas of participatory research is,
[00:00:38.456]service learning, contributing factors to health disparities
[00:00:41.125]as well as leadership components, and then students would
[00:00:43.797]complete a series of quizzes, write reflections,
[00:00:46.669]and engage in service learning in their community.
[00:00:49.447]About the ability to serve--
[00:00:50.549]We developed and inner professional UNMC student rotation
[00:00:54.041]that allows students from different disciplines at UNMC
[00:00:57.576]to work together on an inner professional project
[00:01:00.782]in a rural setting.
[00:01:03.479]What you're looking at is a one million dollar renovation
[00:01:06.091]that took three years to complete.
[00:01:08.352]We do have movers and shakers in our community.
[00:01:10.530]I think the reinvestment creates the desire
[00:01:14.888]for people to move back.
[00:01:18.120]It's a small enough town that ...
[00:01:20.732]We have a Y.
[00:01:22.163]Clothing store for us.
[00:01:24.343]I'm here to learn about the community
[00:01:25.706]and to make this community better for the future.
[00:01:29.228]Lake for swimming and boating.
[00:01:31.947]We're able to come up with a lot more likes than dislikes,
[00:01:34.754]which is very positive.
[00:01:36.315]I see future leaders in this group.
[00:01:39.072]Clearly, somebody's listening to you.
[00:01:42.100]Identifying people, getting the right people
[00:01:44.598]in the right place.
[00:01:45.951]I wrote on our West Point Alumni Facebook page.
[00:01:48.173]What can we do for our students to reinvent
[00:01:50.683]that senior year, that can be more beneficial for them.
[00:01:54.295]We want a greater variety of internships.
[00:01:57.630]I see a lot of really good entrepreneurial drive
[00:02:00.049]in the community.
[00:02:01.295]I love events like this because
[00:02:03.666]it brings everyone together.
[00:02:05.466]To get them talking about what their needs are
[00:02:07.481]in the community, and start solving them at the local level,
[00:02:11.586]because that's where it all truly begins.
[00:02:13.927]Just envisioning it.
[00:02:15.242]We have the housing that's already in our communities.
[00:02:18.898]You control where you're going, and you got a good vision.
[00:02:23.618]West Point'll help you get there.
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