Nine regional communities came together recently at a “regional mentoring summit” to search for ways to collaborate. The meeting, hosted by the Mentoring Committee of the Columbus Area Chamber, introduced community representatives to each other and provided a forum for discussion around current challenges and successes in each of their towns.
Housing and Childcare topped the list of common concerns, while local festivals and celebrations were among the highlights shared.
The group agreed first to work on a regional “passport program” to encourage residents and visitors to visit community celebrations in the towns. They also hope to work together in the future on the large issues they discussed, primarily housing and childcare.
Towns represented included Duncan, Stromsburg, St. Edward, Humphrey, Lindsay, Howells, David City, Albion, and Columbus, along with regional entities including Nebraska Public Power, Central Community College, Nebraska Community Foundation and private businesses.