2016 Rural Regional Forum: North Platte, Nebraska
On September 27, 2016, the Rural Futures Institute co-hosted a Rural Regional Forum in North Platte, 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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[00:00:07.200]We hope that you will find in your engagement today
[00:00:09.582]that you're part of something rather special.
[00:00:11.464]Looking at what we can do in rural Nebraska.
[00:00:14.536]How we can work together collectively
[00:00:18.333]and in a collaborative way.
[00:00:21.100]That we can literally share to change the world.
[00:00:24.594]How to communicate to young people.
[00:00:29.557]In a process of collaborative impact.
[00:00:32.010]We received a grant for our
[00:00:34.007]Building Healthy Families program.
[00:00:35.859]The families would be in Broken Bow, in McCook
[00:00:38.999]they're local communities with a facilitator
[00:00:41.595]and they would connect via distance education
[00:00:44.235]to a live education program held at UNK.
[00:00:47.719]We are taking a well-established, well-researched
[00:00:50.744]intervention called Teachers and Parents as Partners
[00:00:54.310]and then training local schools' specialists
[00:00:56.782]using technology, in order for the school specialist
[00:00:59.677]to be able to do the intervention in their own schools.
[00:01:06.079]We've been able to bring in a cardiac cath lab here.
[00:01:08.677]So this a machine we have for our telehealth services.
[00:01:12.044]Our community has really pushed us as
[00:01:13.633]a healthcare organization to say
[00:01:15.971]"What can you bring, in terms of healthcare
[00:01:17.551]here to our community, and what can you offer
[00:01:19.443]and how do you offer it in the most innovative way?"
[00:01:22.664]Like, an increase in housing too, I know that's a real--
[00:01:26.578]We want young families here.
[00:01:27.886]To get community involvement.
[00:01:29.768]Incorporating new cultural customs.
[00:01:32.432]We presented to the adults and
[00:01:34.358]I think that was probably one of the best parts
[00:01:36.324]'cause we got interact.
[00:01:37.430]And try to get the ball rolling
[00:01:39.251]get the conversation rolling.
[00:01:41.088]I guess we'll start with railroad, and movement--
[00:01:43.209]Opportunities we have for our K-12 students.
[00:01:46.151]We have it all right here.
[00:01:47.675]We value very much the values of the people
[00:01:50.881]that we find in that community.
[00:01:52.552]The courage to step outside the box.
[00:01:54.664]And attract the young-driven talent from these
[00:01:57.596]bigger communities and bring them back out west.
[00:01:59.894]It's up to all of us to continue to expand
[00:02:02.224]the types of offerings that we have.
[00:02:04.328]Whether it be commuter computer engineering
[00:02:06.578]whether it be basic supply chain management.
[00:02:09.625]So that we can attract young, bright minds
[00:02:11.967]back to the area.
[00:02:15.487]We wanted job shadowing--
[00:02:16.525]Bringing people together, utilizing their strengths.
[00:02:20.428]Downtown planning is a passion of mine.
[00:02:23.504]I put down "nurture, recruit, and reward."
[00:02:26.208]We talked about having a student city council board.
[00:02:29.669]Strategies that we could use to approach housing--
[00:02:33.903]When we can all come together, we can take
[00:02:36.665]those projects they've already done, apply it to
[00:02:38.772]our own local community with a couple of adjustments.
[00:02:41.179]And then through that, all our rural areas can grow.
[00:02:44.748]You have done something today
[00:02:46.429]that contributes significantly to that growing body
[00:02:50.574]of knowledge that we can use to teach rural people
[00:02:53.511]around the world how to make strong communities.
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