Data That Matters - NU’s Nebraska Rural Poll
The Nebraska Rural Poll is an annual survey sent out across Nebraska to focus on issues like community, government policy, well-being and work. The Community Vitality Initiative (CVI), part of Nebraska Extension, partners with the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics and the NU Rural Futures Institute to gather the voice of rural Nebraskans and relay the findings to state lawmakers. The only one of its kind in the nation, the goal of the Poll is to give local and state leaders a better understanding of the issues, challenges and concerns of Nebraska’s rural citizens.
Gregg Christensen, Entrepreneurship Education leader with NETForce and Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education, is passionate about entrepreneurship. NETForce (the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force) is devoted to spreading the word about the importance of entrepreneurship to business growth and the development of a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. The Community Vitality Initiative (CVI), a part of Nebraska Extension, focuses on community development and collaborates with partners like NETForce to support entrepreneurship in the state.
Community prosperity case study of Ravenna, Nebraska, 2-4-2019
In November of 2017, residents of Ravenna, Nebraska, gathered for a strategic planning session and decided that, in 25 years, they wanted their small town to be a “destination community.” That dream may have been motivated, in part at least, by their experience just a couple of months earlier, when astronomy put Ravenna on the map.
During the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, Ravenna was in the path of totality that stretched across Nebraska. Some 8,000 people from the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia descended on Ravenna, staying at local hotels, dining at area restaurants and taking in downtown shopping.