Big City Students Learn the Benefits of Smaller Town Employment

By: Cassandra Hager Email
By: Cassandra Hager Email

Grand Island, Neb. In an effort to increase Grand Island's economic status, the Chamber of Commerce is hoping work opportunities will bring more young professionals to the area.

Amos Anson co-owns popular downtown hang-out The Chocolate Bar with his wife and helped build the restaurant from the ground up. Speaking to a group from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he saw a bit of his old self in the eager students.

"I see people who have no idea, and I like to educate," said Anson. "I like to have as many road blocks taken out for other people that I wish would have been taken out for me."

About 15 College of Business students made the trip to Grand Island to see what the comparatively small town has to offer, both personally and professionally.

It was Parvina Temurova's first trip to the city.

"Once you see the town, you get to see all those small businesses," she said. "It just makes it more personal."

Mary Berlie from the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce said the trip was a part of a greater push to bring more young professionals to central Nebraska.

"Our cost of living is low, and our career opportunities are vast," said Berlie. "The possibilities are endless."

Berlie said with the population of Grand Island increasing by about 4 percent each year, the opportunities should only get better.

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