UNL team presents plan to city

Students from the University of Nebraska Lincoln presented Phase 1 of a three phase project to a packed city council room Tuesday evening, and their presentation was met with a rousing applause. The University of Nebraska has launched a new initiative called Institute for the Rural Future, with the goal of engaging rural communities to address how the landscape of rural Nebraska needs to develop in the coming decade. Through inventory, analysis, framework plans, and collaboration with the city itself, the team plans to create a redevelopment plan for the city of Broken bow that aims to improve the quality of life for locals. The group, called team Nexus, are all students from the College of Architecture at UNL. These students visited the community of Broken Bow in early September, when they hosted a community input session and visited with many local business owners and citizens. The purpose of that visit was to gather information about what the people in the community envision for Broken Bow in the future, and to compile that information into a plan. That plan was presented to the community Tuesday evening. The plan broke down the information into four main categories: history and development, environmental quality, infrastructure and buildings and land use. The students were split into teams, with each team presenting their findings and ideas on each of these four categories.See this week's Custer County Chief for full story.