The Opportunities Now in Rural America

[imgbelt img=cheerleaders.jpg]It’s said that people don’t want to move to rural America. This author
knows that’s not true but concedes there are obstacles in moving people
where rural opportunities are available.

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Andrew Jackson Higgins, was born in Columbus. We have a memorial to him and a tribute to his creation.
Locally, the Chamber of Commerce partnered on “Education in Industry Day,” which brought EVERY middle-school and high-school teacher in Columbus into a business and industry for a morning. These teachers got to see first-hand the realities in today’s business and manufacturing world.  

In both these instances, teachers of math and English and P.E. — all subjects — are finding great value in lesson plans that incorporate real-world realities, and at the same time, they are building awareness of great careers in Nebraska!

This is a beginning.  Some of our attempts have succeeded; others have not.  

We do know that there are things our region can’t do alone. They require a national or at least statewide approach.  Let’s get that conversation started and put more people to work in small-town America!

K.C. Belitz is president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.

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