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.
2013 Town Survey Results:
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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.
Vision 20/20 Meeting Minutes