What is it?
A plan outlining the proactive transformation of Northeast Nebraska’s regional economy and population growth. At its essence, the plan pairs entrepreneurs with investment capital and students to redesign a workforce that can compete in a knowledge-based economy where the sharing of information is valued more than the means of production.
Create an affordable and stimulating living and working environment in a 3x7 -block area of downtown Norfolk. Objectives include the creation of 300 high-quality rental units and attraction of a concentration of business enterprises with the goal of locating a core population of 1,000 predominately twenty-something employees.
Provide opportunities for residents who are not college-educated or find themselves in jobs that are disappearing or in positions that offer little in the way of career advancement. This program offers employees the opportunity to develop new skills in information technology related fields through a
12-week training program with Northeast Community College.
FOUNDERS IN RESIDENCE
Invite founders of both existing and new businesses to shift the focus to technology based economic development and create an innovation ecosystem.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Increase opportunities for artistic practice and exposure through an artist in residency program featuring art spaces, events, panel discussions, workshops and other place enhancing activities.
Increase the number of Norfolk area four-year college graduates in specific career programs. Wayne State College and other state colleges and universities will offer cooperative scholarships in which students will be required to live in downtown Norfolk during their senior year to complete immersive work-based learning experiences.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Combining the area’s current childcare capacity with new resources to establish free, high-quality care and education programs for children age birth to kindergarten in communities surrounding Norfolk.