There are roadblocks though, which is why the Central Nebraska Economic Development District is hosting a conference next week to discuss topics to help those communities.
Judy Peterson is district’s executive director and says this is a positive move for the state.
“We’re seeing a trend of young families that are wanting to move back to rural Nebraska, which is fabulous and exciting,” Peterson says. “We want to make sure our communities are prepared to bring them back and have some of the programs and amenities and the job opportunities that will get them here.”
The conference will feature many different topics from housing to job development to local tax programs and veterans assistance.
Peterson says the amenities that families seek in a community will also be on the agenda.
“People don’t realize that just building houses isn’t economic development activity,” Peterson says. “Some people just think about jobs and things like that.”
The conference will be held on Friday, March 27th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Stuart Community Center in Stuart. Peterson says anyone interested in community development and improvement is welcome to attend.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton