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On Wednesday, September 13, the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an engaging Community Connections event, bringing together community members, elected officials, and key stakeholders. With in-person attendees and a live stream option, the event provided an opportunity for meaningful discussions and updates on various local initiatives. Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy, this monthly roundtable discussion is an invaluable platform for fostering collaboration.

City Developments & Updates

Mayor Stan Clouse provided an update on various topics, including the approval of a Conditional Use Permit for Resource Extraction, Keno Awards, city updates on ongoing street projects, and the stabilized city's tax levy in the upcoming budget. Major projects such as the SportsPlex, airport box hangar, cemetery north addition, airport terminal, and Yanney Pavilion were emphasized, each contributing to Kearney's growth and development. He also shared an invitation to an open house at the Kearney Regional Airport on November 1st to celebrate the ongoing remodel and expansion efforts, highlighting the city's commitment to infrastructure improvements.

Public School & Education Updates

Jason Mundorf, Kearney Public Schools Superintendent, and Paul Hazard, Kearney Public Schools Board Member covered a range of topics and significant developments within KPS. Superintendent Mundorf spoke on the recent budget hearings and the 2.9% increase due to inflation. Mr. Mundorf also recognized outstanding educators, including Kameran Dostal, named State Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, and Kaylei Becker, honored as the Business NSBEA Rookie Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Mr. Mundorf and Mr. Hazard spoke on teacher shortages and participation in the Jobs for America's Graduates Program, reflecting a dedication to both recognizing excellence in education and tackling important challenges.

Public School & Education Updates

Tim Higgins, Buffalo County Commissioner addressed a handful of projects and initiatives. Notably, he provided insight into the collective efforts involving the Kearney Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, and the Buffalo County Sheriff to manage the situation of a fugitive in Kearney, commending our effective law enforcement collaboration. Additionally, he shared that a new deputy was sworn in and now the Sheriff's Office is fully staffed. Higgins also touched on the development of the Talmadge Road partnership and interlocal agreement. Additionally, he discussed the opening of the Buffalo County Justice Center at 610 Central Avenue and bridge projects.

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