Wood River Vision 20/20


Wood River Vision 20/20, a task force of volunteers, seeks to help connect ideas and resources to make Wood River an even better place to live and work today and for generations to come. The following committees were created to promote a vibrant and growing community: Promotion (promoting Wood River, informing community, businesses and members, and welcoming new residents); Parks & Recreation (re-vitalization and new development of park amenities); Aesthetics (beautification of the entire community including landscaping the pedestrian walkway and highway garden); Housing (clean-up dilapidated lots and expansion of building site choices); and Survey (conducting a community survey in May 2013). More projects are in the future of Wood River Vision 20/20, so please join us in making Wood River a place to raise your family.

Board Members
Elizabeth Troyer-Miller
Tyler Doane
Sara Arnett
Brian Hayes
Greg Cramer
Curtis Rohrich

2013 Town Survey Results:

1) Report of Survey Results
2) Survey Conclusions formulated by SCEDD
3) Addendum #1 – Includes more detailed look into housing and childcare

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Wood River Vision 20/20 Business & Industry Committee at Work

The Wood River Vision 20/20 Board has formed a subcommittee to work with local businesses to develop a positive climate for business development in the community. Kelly Gewecke, Business Development Consultant with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, has been meeting with 3-5 business owners per quarter since January. Each individual business meeting takes roughly 30 minutes. The purpose of those sessions is for the DED to learn more about Nebraska businesses since those are a driving force in our economy. She also wants to learn what other resources the business needs to be successful, expand, plan for succession, etc. She has already proven to be a valuable resource to the local business owners who have met with her. If you would like to be on the schedule for her next visit, please contact Sara Arnett 308-583-2262 or Greg Cramer 308-379-5575.

One such resource is the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), www.cfra.org/reap. Currently, REAP is asking Nebraska businesses and those that serve them what their needs are when it comes to business. The first statewide, biennial Small Business Needs Assessment was conducted in 2008. REAP would like your assistance to ensure that the program stays current with needs of the businesses it serves as well as to share data with other entities that serve Nebraska businesses. The Wood River Vision B&I Committee encourages all business owners to please take a few minutes to share their feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016SBNA. The survey will close MARCH 31. If you have any questions about the survey, contact REAP Senior Project Leader and Loan Specialist Dena R. Beck at 308-528-0060 or [email protected]

In coming months, the Vision Board will be taking stock of what other types of businesses the Wood River community needs. If you have suggestions or are interested in help starting a new business in the community, contact Sara, Greg or any of the Vision Board members.

Wood River Vision 20/20
Board of Directors Meeting
July 30, 2018

The quarterly meeting of the Wood River Vision 20/20 Board of Directors meeting was held on July 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Wood River Civic Center. Board members Elizabeth Troyer-Miller, Tyler Doane, Sara Arnett, Brian Hayes, Greg Cramer, Curtis Rohrich were present.

Arnett made the motion to approve the minutes from the April 23, 2018 meeting as presented. Cramer seconded the motion. All aye, motion carried. Hayes made a motion to approve the minutes as presented from the special meeting on April 30, 2018. Cramer seconded the motion. All aye, motion carried.

Arnett provided an update on the progress of the childcare task force since the January Vision 20/20 meeting:
– Work on the CDBG grant due on August 30 are well underway, a concept plan was shared with the group
– Estimates for the budget and possible funding sources were shared
– Lori Furgeson with South Central Economic Development District, SCEDD, will attend the City Council meeting on August 21, 2018 to have open discussion and input before the grant application is turned in
– A Publicity Event will take place during Wood River Fun Fest weekend to promote the concept and encourage information sharing, the event will include a short presentation about the work of the Daycare task force and be followed by a concert: Mighty Magic Pants

Downtown Revitalization update. The study by JEO was completed and potential downtown improvements and design will be reviewed at the next committee meeting on August 14, 2018. A townhall meeting will take place in mid-September to review the draft plan and gain community feedback.

Owner Occupied Rehabilitation project update. There is a September deadline to use up the rest of the money; there is a small amount of money left in both the demolition and the OOR apportionments. An extension request will be submitted to provide a couple more months to use up the funds. There are plans to move the OOR funds to demolition so we can use the sum total ($8200) for smaller demolition projects.

Wood River Vision Business Association (WRVBA) update. WRVBA met in July. They discussed marketing strategies. This year they have only used money on print ads. Lindsay Dibbern Beckler is willing to provide social media marketing for the business association at a fee. The bid was $2,000 for the year. The WRVBA does not have a unanimous agreement about what they would like to do for marketing. Vision 20/20 Board members discussed opportunities for marketing and how to encourage community connections and local support of the businesses in Wood River.

The concept for the Community Social Media Collaboration with the help of Lindsay Dibbern Beckler was presented by Arnett. This would include linking all the community organizations and businesses to one
communication hub utilizing social media. The Board supports moving forward on the concept, and supports investing funds in this work. Arnett will help convene a public meeting to be scheduled for September to gain public input.

Next Quarterly meeting is set for October 29, 2018 @ 5:30 p.m.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

Tyler Doane, President Elizabeth Troyer-Miller, Secretary

July 30, 2018 minutes in pdf




 Archived Minutes