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Welcome to Kearney On behalf of the over 30,000 residents of Kearney, we want to say welcome! Whether you are stopping by for a short stay, to see the beautiful cranes, visit our University, or thinking of making Kearney home, we hope you enjoy your visit. Kearney is a prosperous, clean and friendly community. We are extremely proud of the industries that make us great, Agriculture, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, Business and Travel & Tourism. Centrally located in the beautiful state of Nebraska, Kearney offers big city amenities with small town ease.

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As the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World, we are proud of the millions of years that the cranes have stopped to rest in our unique habitat on their migration north in the spring and south in the fall. We are working hard to maintain this habitat so that this migration will continue for millions of years more. There are many cultural activities that you will want to include in your visit: the Museum of Nebraska Art, Trails and Rails Museum and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. The monument celebrates the human migration from east to west through Nebraska via the Morman, Oregon and California Trails. The Kearney community is a vibrant and growing community, currently building two new elementary schools, and expanding two schools. The recent completion of the Petersen Sr. Activity Center, a new hospital, and new addition to Good Samaritan Hospital, a new conference center and a new multi-purpose building on the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Activities of every kind are available in Kearney, including a shooting range, hike and bike trails, a large family YMCA and a city sport and recreation department keeping all residents active and involved. Kearney also has many unique shopping experiences. Downtown Kearney on the Bricks is a blend of home décor, shoes & apparel, furniture, western wear, coffee shops, restaurants and night life. At the north end of town you will find a bustling mall with anchor stores, Herberger’s, JCPenney, The Buckle, GAP and Old Navy, complemented closely by Target, Walmart and K-mart. So, whatever brings you to our city, Welcome! Stay as long as you can and come back often! The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce

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Yet, even with this advancement, Kearney has remained a livable example of “Main Street” America, where people find affordable housing in safe neighborhoods, a vibrant and progressive economy, excellent educational and medical options and ample opportunities for tourism—an enviable quality of life found in this central Nebraska region. Kearney, along with the remainder of Buffalo County, is certainly poised to move into the future with confidence.

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Kearney, Nebraska, one of the state’s fastest-growing communities, is an attractive, historic community that calls the Platte River Valley home. Building on the spirit of the people who have contributed to its history, Kearney is a community in harmony with pronounced development and change continually transpiring.

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INTRODUCTION


Welcome to Kearney—“The Heart of Nebraska!”

Did You Know About Kearney? • Hosted four NCAA National Championships in the last three years

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Kearney, which enrolls more than 6,500 students each year Location of the Viaero Event Center Home of the Tri-City Storm United States Hockey League team Population in 2010 was 30,895, which is an increase of 12.2 percent since 2000 Has many historical museums, including: • Great Platte River Archway Monument • Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) • Fort Kearny Historical Park • Trails and Rails Museum • Kearney Area Children’s Museum • Nebraska Firefighters Museum • Frank House More than 75 restaurants More than 20 hotels and motels, totaling more than 15,000 rooms Origin and headquarters of The Buckle 59 manufacturing plants, totaling 3,080 employees Home of Good Samaritan Hospital, which serves more than 350,000 people from Nebraska and Kansas Every day more than 18,000 people pass through on Interstate 80 Second location for Cabelas—The World’s Foremost Outfitter Six golf courses Thousands attend the following annual events: • Mr. & Miss Basketball Tournaments • Cruise Night Car Show • Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic • Gateway Farm Expo 14 recreational parks, including: • Cottonmill • Fort Kearny • Yanney Heritage


Kearney’s prosperous way of life today was shaped by its early pioneers and 49ers as they united at Fort Kearny while going after their dreams along the Mormon, Oregon and California trails. The future would bring the Pony Express, Overland Stage, Union Pacific Railroad and Lincoln Highway through Kearney as they linked the east and west, developing a continental nation. Although many of those traversing the early trails were headed for areas farther west, some ambitious travelers identified the vast possibilities along the “Great Platte River Road,” choosing to settle in the area.

HISTORY

Fort Kearny, earning its name from Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny, was constructed in 1848 to protect those journeying west along the Oregon Trail. During an 18-month period around the Gold Rush, more than 30,000 pioneers heading west trekked through Fort Kearny, ultimately establishing the site as an early crossroads and stopping place.

In the summer of 1871, Anselmo B. Smith surveyed the town site, with the plot of land filed with the county clerk shortly after on October 27, 1871. The city was incorporated soon after, in 1881.

The first half of the new century experienced steady growth and development, and by 1930 its population reached 8,575.

The treasured heritage of Kearney is still seen through many facets of community life. Annual events, monuments and museums all portray the community’s significant history, ensuring the memories of its past lives on for generations to come. )

With the completion of Interstate 80 in 1964, Kearney was faced with an upsurge of tourist trade, which, in turn, facilitated the development of modern lodging options and dining establishments. Kearney was recognized as one of Nebraska’s fastest-growing cities of 20,000 or more during the 1990s and is currently home to more than 30,000 residents, as of 2010. Workforce numbers increased simultaneously, providing the growing number of area businesses with a continually expanding supply of potential employees.

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Despite a series of setbacks just before the turn of the century, the town began to bounce back to life. By 1904, the foundation was put in place for the current-day University of Nebraska at Kearney, with classes commencing in the same year—the initial class was comprised of merely 96 students.

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The community ultimately derived its name from Fort Kearny, though the spelling is clearly different. The additional “e” in Kearney is attributed to a spelling error made by the post office. By the time it became apparent that an extra “e” was added to the community name, residents did not feel it was necessary to change the name back to its intended spelling.


LOCATION &

T R A N S P O R T A T I O N

Kearney’s favorable location within central Nebraska—a state many refer to as the “Heartland of America”— affords it convenient access to many of the nation’s major metropolitan markets. Many transportation options can be reached from the city, as Nebraska provides an extensive web of highway and railway corridors offering access to both coasts, plus the Gulf of Mexico via ports along the Missouri River. The city, situated in Buffalo County, sits along the north bank of the great Platte River, approximately 186 miles west of Omaha. Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 30 and State Highways 10, 40 and 44, along with a vast network of local roadways, advantageously serve the Kearney community. KEARNEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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A main line of the Union Pacific Railroad benefits the city, providing approximately 100 freight trains daily. In fact, the railroad affords nearly 1,400 total inbound and outbound cars annually. For commuter use, Amtrak is available through a station in nearby Holdrege—a short 30-mile drive from Kearney. The city oversees the operations of the Kearney Municipal Airport, which provides the region with opportunities for passenger, air freight and air express services. The airport houses more than 60 aircraft and fields around 20,000 operations annually. Facilities at Kearney Municipal include two runways and six taxiways, complemented by a multitude of services such as fuel, maintenance and repair, towing, pilot training, hangar storage, tie down and transportation options—among others.

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Several additional transportation resources serve residents of the Kearney community, offering convenient local and regional travel options. Direct access from Kearney to Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Hastings and York, plus the local charter service,


is offered through Eppley Express shuttle service. Eppley Express also operates Kearney’s Trolleys—Carl and Rosie—providing chartered package tours for both residents and tourists to many of the area’s popular attractions, plus charter services for a variety of uses. R.Y.D.E. (Reach Your Destination Easily) provides affordable public transit to all residents of Kearney to a number of destinations throughout Buffalo County. R.Y.D.E. also works closely with Kearney Cab Company when transportation services are unavailable. The Kearney Cab Company serves the community with cabs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. )

Distance

From

Distance

Albuquerque, NM

806 miles

Kansas City, MO

325 miles

Atlanta, GA

1,124 miles

Minneapolis, MN

560 miles

Boston, MA

1,617 miles

Omaha, NE

186 miles

Chicago, IL

650 miles

San Diego, CA

1,434 miles

Dallas, TX

671 miles

San Francisco, CA

1,487 miles

Denver, CO

361 miles

Scottsbluff, NE

294 miles

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RECREATION Opportunities for recreation are abundant in the Kearney community with such excellent entities as the Kearney Park and Recreation Department, the Kearney Family YMCA and several health facilities all providing residents of any age with a variety of activities and programs. Recreational sites not to be missed in the area include the 150-plus-acre Fort Kearny State Recreation Area and the Tri-City BMX Track.

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The Peterson Senior Activity Center’s mission is to support the independence and well-being of adults 50 and older, enhance their dignity and self respect, promote their participation in all aspects of community life through creative programming and providing opportunities and resources in the areas of physical and mental well-being, nutrition, recreation and education.

o KEARNEY PARK & RECREATION DEPARTMENT The Kearney Park and Recreation Department offers residents a number of facilities and recreational areas, as well as a full range of year-round programming for all ages. The department oversees 14 city parks, most notably the 80acre Yanney Heritage Park, the 100-acre Cottonmill Park and the Meadowlark North Dog Park. Amenities found through the city parks include everything from ball diamonds; soccer fields; basketball and tennis courts; and areas for swimming, boating and fishing to disc golf, picnic sites, 14 miles of hiking and biking trails and playground equipment.

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Serving more than 5,000 members in the community, the Kearney Family YMCA is a modern facility equipped with two full-sized gyms, racquetball courts, two tracks, a pool, group exercise studios, a fitness center and much more. The YMCA’s diverse programs are available for members of all ages. This facility is the only YMCA in the country to offer free membership to residents 80 years of age and older.


Operated jointly by the city and county, the Cottonmill Lake Recreation Area includes 98 acres of land and a 43-acre lake for fishing, paddle boating and swimming. There is also a separate pond designated for swimming. Picnicking, walking natural and hardsurfaced trails and visiting the nature barn are other activities enjoyed by visitors. Winter sports include cross-country skiing, sledding, ice-skating and ice-fishing.

o FORT KEARNY STATE RECREATION AREA The Fort Kearny State Recreation Area is 152 acres of outdoor beaches, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking and the 1.8-mile Fort Kearny Hike Bike Trail—with one bridge over the Platte River. Showers and changing rooms are available. The area is located just one mile east of the historical park, and a Nebraska State Park Permit is required. )

Serious nature photographers may use one of three photo blinds set up close to the major crane roost sites on the river. A Rivers and Wildlife Celebration (Spring River Conference) is held in Kearney in March. The conference provides the opportunity to learn more about the Platte River, cranes, prairies and conservation efforts. Fossil records indicate that the cranes have been visiting the Platte River region for millions of years. For six weeks each spring, visitors have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of 90 percent of the world’s sandhill cranes, when they stay long enough to build up the strength to continue their migration.

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Visitors view cranes from enclosed observation blinds on guided field trips during March and early April. Owned and managed by the National Audubon Society, the original purchase of 782 acres in 1974, which was funded by Lillian Annette Rowe, included 2.5 miles of river channel, wet meadows and some agricultural fields. Additional land acquisitions have increased the current size to 1,248 acres. The Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at the Rowe Sanctuary is the second largest straw bale-constructed building in the United States. The building provides indoor classrooms, educational displays, conference rooms, a viewing area of the river and much more. With the center, year-round education opportunities exist for local schools and the general public.

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Crane Captial of the World

o COTTONMILL LAKE

The first sign that spring is coming is brought by the sights and sounds of nearly half a million sandhill cranes. This is the largest gathering of sandhill cranes in the world. The cranes stop at the Platte River during their annual northern migration from their wintering areas in the southern United States and Mexico. There are also geese, ducks, bald eagles and other waterfowl to be observed in wetland areas. Audubon Nebraska’s Rowe Sanctuary is central Nebraska’s only wildlife sanctuary located on the main channel of the Platte River.


SPORTS

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Athletics of all types can be easily found in the Kearney area, with a host of leagues, clubs and associations available to athletes of all ages. Area schools, from elementary through university level, give students the opportunity to participate in such sports as basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, tennis and track.

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The Kearney Park and Recreation Department (KPR) operates a public 18-hole golf course. Meadowlark Hills Golf Course is a championship course featuring beautiful views of the Platte River Valley. In addition to the wellmaintained course is a driving range and putting green, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of professional golf lessons. Kearney is also in proximity to several additional golf courses, not operated by the KPR. These courses include the family-owned Prairie Hills Golf Course, Buffalo Hills Golf Course, the private Kearney Country Club, Kearney Elks Country Club and Awarii Dunes. The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has held, and continues to hold, a number of events within Kearney, including the Cross Country, Debate, Boys Golf, Play Production and Speech state championships.

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The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) offers 16 NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports, each competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). UNK regained the RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup after their 11-year reign was broken last year. This makes the 12th time in school history the Lopers have won the cup. For those looking to play for fun, the university offers a full range of intramural sports, including flag football, indoor soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, racquetball, tennis, water polo and wallyball.


The Nebraska State Senior Games, held in the Kearney community, was created for people 50 years of age and older to participate in friendly competition each year. The assortment of events include archery, bowling, cycling, golf, disc golf, tennis, table tennis, badminton, wellness walk, road race, swimming, horseshoes, billiards, track and field, free throw shooting, and 3-on3 basketball. Kearney stands as a qualifying site for the National Senior Games. This qualifying happens each evennumbered year in the city. )

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The UNK-Health and Sports Center and the new Kearney Catholic Cope Coliseum each play host to Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball youth and high school tournaments and events, drawing in a number of teams from up to 20 states, plus hundreds of college scouts and coaches from all over the country. In 2008, more than 800 teams will participate in these tournaments organized by Mr. Basketball, Inc.

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A member of the United States Hockey League (USHL)—an amateur league for leading hockey players between the ages of 16 and 20—Tri-City Storm Hockey strives every regular season to claim the coveted Anderson Cup Title—last received in the 20032004 season. The Anderson Cup is an accolade given to the team holding the best record in the USHL. Upon a successful regular season, the team has the chance to take the highest reward, the Clark Cup, in the playoff round. Games are held at the 5,000-seat Viaero Event Center.


CULTURAL

A T T R A C T I O N S

One of Kearney’s greatest strengths is its rich heritage, which has been preserved in museums, parks and historical sites throughout the community.

o CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION The New Classic Car Collection is the best public car attraction between Chicago and Denver that includes more than 130 vintage automobiles from the early 1900s to the 1980s. The Collection is housed in a 50,000-sq.-ft. space in the Kearney Cabela’s building. The Classic Car Collection was created to house automobiles donated by Bernie and Janice Taulborg and will open in the summer of 2011.

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Constructed in 1889 as George Washington Frank’s third mansion, the three-story house is made of Colorado sandstone and features a genuine 5-by-10-foot Tiffany stained glass window. The house, listed on the National Register of Historical Places, was deeded to the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1972 and has experienced ongoing renovations ever since. Today, the G.W. Frank House is utilized as a biographical house museum and is open for guided public touring every Saturday from February through April between 10:30-11:30 a.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day between 1:00-5:00 p.m.

o FORT KEARNY STATE HISTORICAL PARK Initially built to protect travelers along the Overland Trail, Fort Kearny today is comprised of an interpretive center, a blacksmith-carpenter shop, powder magazine and split log stockade, together depicting the story of this old-time oasis.

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o GREAT PLATTE RIVER ROAD ARCHWAY Designed to bring the westward migration to life, the Great Platte River Road Archway is home to two levels of interactive exhibits, spanning from the history of the Great Platte River Road from the days of the Oregon Trail to today and beyond. The site, which stands as the only historical,


educational monument that spans an interstate, also features the TrailBlaze Maze, a unique 4,800-square-foot labyrinth.

o KIDZONE-KEARNEY AREA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM After a recent major expansion and remodeling project, KidZone-Kearney Area Children’s Museum now offers 13,000 square feet of exciting opportunities for children and families to learn through creative play. Exhibit zones include such educational areas as agriculture, automobile, bank, grocery, science, theatre/music and water—among others.

o MORRIS PRESS COOKBOOKS COLLECTION Morris Press, the country’s largest publisher of fundraiser, business and keepsake cookbooks, welcomes visitors to peruse through its shop lined with thousands of cookbooks—starting at only $2. Upon entering the shop, located along East Highway 30, visitors are presented with a free cookbook.

o PIONEER VILLAGE One of Nebraska’s leading attractions, Pioneer Village, is a short 15-minute drive south of Kearney. The 20-acre historical site features live demonstrations and 28 buildings arranged in chronological order of development, together housing more than 50,000 historic items portraying America’s progress since 1830. Prominent structures include a Pony Express station, an historic country church circa 1884, a blacksmith shop, an one-room school house, a historic general store and a historic sod house, as well as an 1800’s steam carousel operating during the summer months.

o TRAILS AND RAILS MUSEUM Visitors delight in the Trails and Rails Museum, which traces the history of transportation through the Buffalo County area by featuring distinct displays such as a Union Pacific steam engine, an 1871 school house, an 1878 depot, an 1898 church, the circa-1880s Freighters Hotel, a log cabin and much more. )

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Discover the art of Nebraska at the extensive Museum of Nebraska Art, the state’s official art collection. Housed in a circa 1911 Renaissance Revival structure (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art spanning a 200year period. View art representing the work of artist-explorers such as John James Audubon and George Catlin, early Nebraskan Robert Henri and modern-era artists Thomas Hart Benton and Wright Morris. After walking through the galleries, take a stroll outside through the Cliff Hilleglass Sculpture Garden and visit the Hitchock Education Gallery.

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ENTERTAINMENT o BIG APPLE FUN CENTER This is the place to be for local year-round family fun. The Big Apple Fun Center is a one-stop place for bowling, billiards and darts, arcade games, miniature golf, sand volleyball, go-karts, parties and much more. Join in on a league or a tournament, or just come for a leisurely day of entertainment.

o KEARNEY COMMUNITY THEATRE Part of the Kearney community for more than 40 years, Kearney Community Theatre offers an excellent schedule of live theatrical performances every year, along with a number of special events. Additionally, the theatre is home to the Academy of Children’s Theatre. KEARNEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

o VIAERO EVENT CENTER Situated along the southern side of Interstate 80 (at the Kearney exit), the Viaero Event Center plays host to a number of events throughout the calendar year. With 5,000 seats and more than 54,000 square feet of prime exhibit space, the facility is an ideal location for a variety of entertainment functions and meetings. Thousands of people have utilized the center’s array of offerings, including everything from concerts, conventions and meetings to public skating, private parties and a wealth of ice and basketball activities. The Viaero Event Center is home to the Tri-City Storm (USHL).

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Enjoy a full schedule of drag racing each April through October at Kearney Raceway Park, located along Highway 30.

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While the structure was built back in 1891, it experienced a great renovation in 1999-2000. Today, the Minden Opera House stands as an exceptional community center for theatrical productions and special


events, and even houses an art gallery featuring local, regional and national artists, as well as a charming gift shop.

o ROBERT M. MERRYMAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER This 800-seat community arts center offers the finest in dance, musical and theatrical performances throughout the year. Additionally, the center offers a wealth of educational events and workshops for area K-12 students through its Imagination Advantage Series.

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Four main stage productions, plus a multitude of student-directed compositions are offered through the UNK Theatre Program’s students, faculty and staff. The University’s Theatre Program is housed within the Fine Arts Building on campus, which features the 334-seat Miriam Drake Theatre and the intimate Studio Theatre that has the capability to accommodate up to 120 guests. )

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SHOPPING &

D I N I N G

Kearney is recognized as the premier shopping destination in central Nebraska, providing a wealth of goods and services to a retail trade area population of nearly 106,000 people. When hunger strikes, Kearney is the place to be. The community provides more than 75 restaurants, ranging from quick-fix American favorites to prime steak and seafood dishes to delicious ethnic cuisine, all in a variety of atmospheres. Don’t miss Downtown Kearney: The Bricks, a popular historic district lined with more than 150 businesses and cultural sites. Charming boutiques, service-related companies, eclectic dining establishments, unique pubs and a vibrant nightlife all line the streets of The Bricks.

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Conveniently located on North Second Avenue, within the center of Kearney’s retail expansion district, Hilltop Mall offers residents and visitors alike a prime mix of retailers. Browse through the merchandise of such nationally known retailers as Herberger’s, Old Navy, Gap, Buckle and JCPenney, as well as a number of local and regional stores offering everything from apparel, shoes and accessories to books, sporting goods and electronics. The mall also offers a variety of entertainment through a number of events, including craft shows, art displays and style shows.

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The community is also home to the “World’s Foremost Outfitter,” Cabela’s. Located at 3600 East Highway 30, Cabela’s not only offers the best in outdoor equipment, it showcases one of the most impressive trophy collections west of the Smithsonian. Deer, elk, moose, bobcats, cougars and fish are all on display throughout Cabela’s, which many refer to as an outdoorsman’s paradise. )


CONVENTIONS &

L O D G I N G

Kearney is distinguished by its exceptional hospitality and prime convention/tourism accommodations. Many various businesses and organizations are attracted to the city’s superior convention facilities, as well as the added service from local business owners and citizens— together making Kearney an ideal choice for events of all kinds. In addition, the Kearney Visitors Bureau is readily available for assistance in organizing specific information on meeting and lodging arrangements, along with the area’s array of entertainment and cultural attractions, shopping spots and dining establishments.

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The Holiday Inn & Convention Center and the Younes Conference Center Kearney stand as central Nebraska’s largest and most up-todate convention complex. The Holiday Inn offers more than 20,000 square feet of modern meeting space capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people with multiple seating arrangements and break out rooms. The Younes Conference Center, opened in fall of 2010, has an additional 37,000 square feet of function space for meetings, conferences, banquets, trade shows or receptions. This space is flexible, with as many as 21 break out rooms in varying sizes, or one large room capable of seating 1,200. Combined lodging facilities total more than

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• Over 37,000 sq. ft. for meetings, banquets, receptions, trade shows, and more. • 440 adjacent hotel rooms at Hampton Inn, Wingate Inn, Fairfield Inn and Holiday Inn.

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425 comfortable guest rooms and suites at four hotels— Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Wingate Inn—all located adjacent to one another and within walking distance to the convention center within the Holiday Inn or the Younes Conference Center. The Holiday Inn Kearney and the Younes Conference Center and sister hotels offer one of the state’s largest convention complexes. The Ramada Inn and Conference Center, situated three blocks from Interstate 80, offers a great combination of more than 200 guest rooms and plenty of space for meetings and conventions. Space available at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center includes 10,000 square feet, with the capability of splitting off into 10 individual rooms, plus the 24,000-square-foot Tropical Fundome. Best Western Plus Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites is located just south of Interstate 80 Exit 272. The newly renovated, smoke-free property offers a free deluxe hot breakfast, pool, hot tub, free high-speed Internet and the highest quality amenities. Smaller meeting spaces and a business center are available. KEARNEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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The Buffalo County Fairgrounds offers three superb facilities equipped with the flexibility to serve a range of conventions and events throughout the year. The Exposition Center, newly completed in 2010, features a 52,500-square-foot concrete floor area with bleachers that retract. This new arena can seat more than 5,500 people. Also in the Exposition Center, the East Arena has 28,600 square feet. This building contains concessions and meeting and office space to serve your event. Additional acres of outdoor exhibit space can accommodate up to 5,000 guests. The Ag Pavilion can hold up to 450 people in its indoor arena, with an additional 40,000 square feet available for exhibit space. The Exhibit Building can accommodate up to 2,500 in its 26,000 square feet of indoor space, and also provides ample outdoor exhibit space. Tradeshows, concerts, wedding receptions, rodeos, livestock shows and a number of additional events can all be found on the fairgrounds year-round.

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While the Viaero Event Center is home to the Tri-City Storm, as well as a multitude of recreational options, it also offers more than 54,000 square feet of exhibit space—making it an ideal location for a variety of entertainment functions and meetings. )


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GOVERNMENT Residents, businesses and visitors alike are fortunate to be equipped with prominent community leaders dedicated to providing Kearney with a vibrant future through progressive thinking, outstanding services and facilities and much more. The city of Kearney is operated as a councilmanager form of government. Under this specific form, the city council acts as the legislative and policy-making body in the community. The city council is comprised of five members elected at-large to serve four-year overlapping terms. The council members elect one member to serve as the president of the council, who in turn is recognized as the mayor.

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The city council appoints a city manager to serve as the administrative official in charge of both recommending and enacting council policies, overseeing daily operations, preparing the annual budget, directing the city workforce, and a number of additional undertakings. The city council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The meetings are televised for public viewing on Cable Channel 6. Additionally, Kearney is the seat of Buffalo County, adding county administration to the mix. A sevenmember board of supervisors, elected from seven districts, oversees the activities of the county.

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The city government is on-line, allowing access to government meeting agendas, regulations and a number of further public documents. Enhanced 9-1-1 services provide the safety and protection benefits that Buffalo County residents rely on, while improved communications keep law enforcement and other public officials in touch with each other and the community. Operations shared with Buffalo County are the Library Bookmobile, Solid Waste Agency Landfill, Emergency Management, Cottonmill Park and the Law Enforcement Center.


Since 1883, Kearney has been served by the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), which stands as the state’s second largest volunteer fire department. The KVFD is served by 75 volunteer members, plus an 11-member staff comprised of eight firefighters/operators, a fire administrator, an administrative assistant and a secretary throughout three stations. The department is also equipped with a training facility and an airport station for ARFF response. More than 270 square miles in Kearney and the Suburban Fire Protection District #1 are covered by the KVFD—which totals approximately 40,000 residents. )

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The KPD and the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office make up a unique collaboration in the community. In July of 1993, the two entities both located into downtown Kearney’s modern Law Enforcement Center, located at 2025 Avenue A, representing a model for inter-governmental cooperation throughout Nebraska and the central states. The city of Kearney owns the facility, and services are offset by each agency to avoid duplication and additional expense to the taxpayer.

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The Kearney Police Department (KPD) stands as a dynamic and progressive law enforcement agency, servicing the community through public safety initiatives, emergency response, educational programming and much more. The community enjoys a relatively low crime rate, with the department maintaining a crime-clearance rate well above the national average. The KPD is equipped with 48 sworn officers, six clerical staff members and four community service officers (two full time and two part time).


RESIDENTIAL L I V I N G

More than 30,000 residents call Kearney home, all of whom enjoy the resources of big city living while maintaining the spirited traditions the city was established upon. The city is home to excellent educational opportunities, major healthcare options, regional shopping and services, a stable business environment, recreational areas and more—making Kearney the ideal place for professionals, families and retirees alike.

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High-quality, affordable residences for purchase or rental are available throughout the Kearney area. Browse through a distinctive array of singlefamily and multi-family homes, as well as spacious condominium complexes and townhomes in a variety of styles and prices to suit any lifestyle. Getting started here is simple, and Kearney officials and service-related businesses will make sure of that! Visit the Chamber’s website (www.kearneycoc.org) to access a number of realtors, developers, contractors, designers and financial institutions, all dedicated to making your move to Kearney as smooth as possible. )

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On average, 80 percent of the annual precipitation falls over most of Nebraska from April through September. Average seasonal snowfall is around 29 inches, with snowfall usually increasing during late winter— ultimately reaching a maximum in March. Wind direction changes frequently all seasons of the year— the average wind velocity reaches about nine miles per hour. Relative humidity in Nebraska shows a westward decrease across the state varying from 73 to 55 percent in January to 55 to 35 percent in July.

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Nebraskans enjoy four distinct seasons, with the annual mean temperatures varying from 46° to 53° F. Maximum daily temperatures exceeding 105° F have occurred in the four summer months, while subzero temperatures occur, on average, about 15 days each year. The average date of the last freeze in spring ranges from April 25th to May 21st, with the first fall freeze varying around October 1st. The average growing season ranges around 150 days.

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EDUCATION Nebraska students consistently achieve among the best average scores in the nation for both the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT). Additionally, graduation rates are usually at or above 95 percent, with 90 percent choosing the path to higher educational opportunities.

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Superior education is a strong facet of community life in Kearney, with area schools successfully producing well-educated, motivated and productive students. The Kearney Public Schools (KPS) system has dedicated itself to providing excellence in education for residents of the area, recently earning the Blue Ribbon Award from Expansion Management magazine and the What Parents Want Award from SchoolMatch. The district serves a total of nearly 5,000 students within its three preschools, 12 elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The system’s elementary schools serve approximately 2,577 students, with a teacher-to-pupil ratio of 1:21. The KPS middle schools have approximately 1,043 students with a teacher-to-pupil ratio of 1:14. The high school has approximately 1,463 students enrolled with a teacher-to-pupil ratio of 1:18. Kearney’s positive growth has resulted in the need for additional elementary schools. Currently, construction is underway on two new elementary schools; one will house three classes, each of Kindergarten through 5th

grade, and the other will provide two classes, each of Kindergarten through 5th grade. Additionally Meadowlark Elementary is adding on an additional unit of Kindergarten through 5th grade to its existing two units. Kearney High School, built in 1959, has experienced significant expansion to accommodate the growing student population and necessary technology and equipment. Administrators, staff and parents associated with Kearney Public Schools are working to create an environment that fosters mutual respect, inspires the love of learning and expects excellence from all.

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Vocational courses offered at the high school include consumer science, business education, computer science, marketing, industrial technology, power mechanics, welding, woodworking, machining, auto mechanics, drafting and construction technology. The school district provides for the physically and mentally handicapped from pre-K through age 21.


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Progress School 1930 West 40th Street Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8290 Bryant Elementary 1611 Avenue C Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 698-8190 Central Elementary 300 West 24th Street Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8040

Park Elementary 3000 7th Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8280

Horizon Middle School 915 West 35th Street Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8120

Glenwood Elementary 8105 9th Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8240

Pleasant Hill Elementary 29050 145th Road Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 234-1618

Sunrise Middle School 4611 Avenue N Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 698-8150

Kenwood Elementary 1511 5th Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8200

Riverdale Elementary 123 1st Street Riverdale, NE 68870 (308) 893-2481

Meadowlark Elementary 1010 East 53rd Street Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 698-8210

Stone Elementary 2430 Cherry Avenue Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 234-9486

Northeast Elementary 910 East 34th Street Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 698-8230

Windy Hills Elementary 4211 20th Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8220

Kearney High School 3610 6th Avenue Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8060 Educational Opportunity Center 1930 West 40th Street Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 698-8292

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Bright Start Preschool Head Start Building 1023 Avenue F Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 865-5695

Emerson Elementary 2705 Avenue E Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 698-8270

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Bright Start Preschool Northeast Elementary 910 East 34th Street Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 698-8233


Kearney Catholic High School 110 East 35th Street/P.O. Box 1866 Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 234-2616 www.kchs.esu10.k12.ne.us Zion Evangelical Lutheran School 2421 Avenue C, Kearney, NE 68847 (308) 234-3410 www.zelcs.org

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Faith Christian School 4010 7th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 236-8744

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Fully accredited by the state of Nebraska and the North Central Association of Schools, Kearney Catholic is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and functions under the guidance of the diocese of Grand Island. The institution serves students enrolled in grades six through 12 and offers smaller classrooms for a more personalized learning experience (the teacher-to-student ratio is 1:13). Special needs schools are also offered in the area through such organizations as Mid-Nebraska Individual Services (MNIS), Vocational Rehabilitation and the State Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center.

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State Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney 2802 30th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 865-5313 www.hhs.state.ne.us/jus/yrtc/yrtckindex.htm

MNIS Kearney affords an adult center for mentally challenged adults ages 18 and older. The center provides students with social services, transportation, basic skills, competitive employment and home management training.

Vocational Rehabilitation-Kearney 2916 West 24th Street, Kearney, NE 68845 (308) 865-5343/(800) 262-3382 (TTY) www.vocrehab.state.ne.us

Offered through the Nebraska Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation provides career counseling, job retraining and employment services to those with a physical, learning or psychiatric disability. The State Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment CenterKearney was established in 1879 with the development of a two-story brick building and school to house juvenile offenders in the city. The administration strives toward rehabilitation of boys and young men through a program of education, work and recreation. The goal is to return a well-rounded young man to his community where he can serve as a useful citizen.

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The public school route is not a choice everyone makes. Further significant parts of Kearney’s educational offerings include Faith Christian School (K-8); Zion Evangelical Lutheran School (Pre K-8); and Kearney Catholic High School, which stands as the region’s most established private, college preparatory high school for both young men and women.

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UNK offers access to the opportunities of a major public university—a wide variety of programs that lead to exciting careers, nationally-renowned faculty, opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad experiences and a rich and diverse campus life. It is a university that quickly transforms nearly

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For four-year endeavors, the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is readily available. The University of Nebraska at Kearney is a student-centered regional hub of intellectual, cultural and artistic excellence that has been a prominent part of the Nebraska higher education landscape for more than a century.

6,700 students from around the world into a close-knit, supportive community. Students can select from among 170 undergraduate, 25 pre-professional and 34 graduate degree options, as well as the English Language Institute for international students. UNK draws students to the campus from all 93 Nebraska counties, 47 states and 46 countries. With a 17-1 student-to-faculty ratio, UNK students benefit from more than 300 faculty members who are widely recognized for excellence in scholarship, teaching and research. The award-winning faculty have received National Science Foundation grants, authored nationally recognized publications and received numerous outstanding teaching, research and creative awards.)

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Highly Successful Sports Programs Superior Band/Orchestra/ Music Programs Average ACT Higher Than State & Nation for Past 25 Years Summer School Opportunities More Omaha World Herald West-Central Region Academic All State Students Than any Other Regional Nebraska High School

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Currently, the center serves a population of nearly 200. Opportunities for higher learning are obtainable in Kearney as well. Central Community College (CCC) serves 25 counties in central Nebraska and offers a center within the Kearney community. CCC offers 33 career and technical education programs leading to a two-year degree, certificate and/or diploma. Online learning, adult education, English as a second language and business and professional training are also available through CCC.


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The Kearney area economy has developed with an enviable balance to include manufacturing and distribution, higher education, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, agriculture and agricultural products and trade. Major employers located in the community include the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Good Samaritan Hospital, Baldwin Filters, Eaton Corporation, Morris Press, Marshall Engines, West Pharmaceutical Services and Chief Agri/Industrial Division.

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The city’s location along Interstate 80 places it near several major metropolitan areas, including Omaha, Lincoln, Denver, Kansas City, Des Moines, Wichita and Cheyenne—making it quite an attractive place for business establishment and development. The area’s large labor pool is also an appealing factor for relocation and expansion. In fact, the Kearney Labor Area, which consists of Buffalo County and its eight surrounding counties, totals nearly 200,000—with a county unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, as of 2011. Partnerships are a vital factor in maintaining a strong, progressive economy. The Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce works with several additional organizations to position the Kearney area for the future. Chamber members have collaborated with local, state and federal government officials to develop such entities as Buffalo County Economic Development, Kearney Visitors Bureau, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, Wellness Works of Kearney, Gateway Farm Expo and Leadership Kearney.

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Services provided by the Chamber include referrals, publicity and exposure, as well as professional development and business resources. It is important to know that the right business tools can make the difference between profit and loss. One vital tool is membership in the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. Membership provides immediate return on investment with networking and marketing opportunities, small business and professional support, information and governmental representation. The Economic Development Council of Buffalo County is a countywide, nonprofit corporation. The Council is made up of 11 board and seven ex-officio members. The mission statement of the

Council is to facilitate economic growth and development of primary business in Buffalo County and the region that contributes to a healthy economy and enhances our quality of life. The Council maintains the utmost level of confidentiality and is not subject to public disclosure of projects. Companies can bring projects to the Council and, depending on investment and job creation, the Council may determine a business package to assist the company in accomplishing the investment and job creation objectives.


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The Council’s action plan focuses on the satisfaction and development of the primary employment sector and the source of new dollars flowing into the community from outside. In addition, the Council responds to questions about the community, county and state from those employers wishing to consider a new primary location. The Council has identified advanced manufacturing, logistics/distribution, data centers and back office/fulfillment centers as our target industries. Approximately 2,000 acres of land in Kearney and Buffalo County are zoned for manufacturing or industrial uses. About 350 acres are located on land controlled by the Kearney Airport Authority and will be available for appropriate industrial use. In addition, the city of Kearney has secured ownership of 116.1 acres dedicated to economic development projects that increase the community’s diversity of high-tech industry. This acreage known as TECH oNE Crossing provides for extensive and immediately available technology and power infrastructure suitable to high-end data centers. The city has entrusted the marketing and incentive planning of TECH oNE Crossing to the Council.

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o AGRICULTURE Agriculture remains Nebraska’s principal industry and chief source of income, with approximately 45.6-million acres—or 93 percent—of its total land area consisting of farms and ranches. Each year, Nebraska farm products contribute more than $15 billion in cash receipts to the U.S. economy, placing it fourth in the nation for this industry. Buffalo County consistently ranks in the top 10 counties in Nebraska in the production of alfalfa hay, corn and beef. In 2010, Nebraska ranked second in ethanol production, utilizing 40 percent of the state’s corn. The Kearney Area Ag Producers Alliance (KAAPA) seeks to obtain ample opportunities to increase member profits and net income by providing its members with possibilities to produce, or invest in, value added agriculture, while offering the public new products and benefits. Agritourism is a vital venture the area producers are supporting in order to increase the area’s profitability.

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Supporting Nebraska’s largest agricultural industry, the Nebraska Beef Council represents the cattle producers in the state by strengthening demand for beef in the global marketplace. Kearney is the proud home of two significant agricultural events, each held at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. The Gateway Farm Expo, an annual indoor fall event, was established in 1969 as a regional forum for agricultural producers and businesses. The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, held in winter, is designed around the agricultural enthusiast, complete with numerous competitions, exhibits, entertainment, vendors and much more. )

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HEALTHCARE

The 207-bed Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney stands as a regional referral center offering a comprehensive listing of services and programs for all those in need, regardless of the ability to pay. The medical/surgical, acute care hospital is home to several centers of excellence, which include the Nebraska Joint Replacement Center, the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital, the Good Samaritan Heart Center featuring Nebraska’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, the Back and Spine Institute, and Behavioral Health Services, plus a Level II Trauma Center (one of the highest verified levels of trauma care in Nebraska).

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Good Samaritan Hospital is a regional, nonprofit healthcare provider serving more than 355,000 patients in central and western Nebraska, as well as northern Kansas—an area that covers more than 38,300 square miles. One of only 100 international Planetree affiliates, Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives—one of the largest Catholic healthcare networks in the nation.

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The highest standard of healthcare is easily accessed here, with technology at the cuttingedge of the medical industry and personal care by dedicated professionals. Today, around 120 medical doctors practice specialties ranging from anesthesiology and cardiology to podiatry and urology. The large family of healthcare professionals includes more than 400 registered nurses and many other specialists such as oral surgeons, orthodontists, chiropractors and more.


The reach of Good Samaritan’s high-quality and compassionate care is extended through such services as the AirCare Emergency Helicopter Program; long-distance ground ambulance services; inpatient, outpatient and specialized industrial rehabilitation; behavioral health; and much more. Good Samaritan is proud to be part of the Mid-Nebraska Telemedicine Network, a program that ultimately enables healthcare specialists to consult, advise and assist with medical procedures from a distance, while allowing patients and families to remain close to home. Good Samaritan’s Richard H. Young Hospital is an 80-bed behavioral health facility offering inpatient and outpatient hospitalization and treatment for adults and adolescents. Complete acute care and psychiatric counseling services are provided. KEARNEY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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Good Samaritan Hospital recently expanded its NICU into a 10,352-square-foot space on its second floor. The new unit is built around the idea that families whose babies need a higher level of care should have their own private space. That space features nine new “personal NICU” rooms designed to promote a baby’s growth and wellness through special lighting, acoustics and alarm systems that accommodate the unique developmental needs of premature, sick and multiple-birth infants while creating a private bonding space for the family.

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In the summer of 2012, GSH will open a 64,000-square-foot expansion that includes the Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center. The Heart Center will feature new cardiac catheterization labs, a full non-invasive cardiovascular testing area and operating rooms equipped and sized for open heart surgery. The expansion will also create new operating rooms, new endoscopy suites, a new surgery gathering area for families, hallways that are more convenient for visitors, a new dining room and new kitchen.

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Buffalo County is home to Buffalo County Community Partners, a locally driven, nationally leading healthy community initiative. The Partners mission is to assess, strengthen and promote the overall health and well-being of Buffalo County. The county’s top 10 health issues have been identified and are the focus of thousands of volunteers working in partnership to build a healthier place to live.

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...at Kearney Eye Institute

Kearney is ideally located in the center of one of the country’s healthiest counties, even having attained a national award in 2000—Well City USA. The Buffalo County/Kearney area was named by America’s Promise Alliance in its first-ever national competition to identify the 100 Best Communities for Young People. The area received the 100 Best honor, in part, due to the volunteer opportunities for youth, mentoring programs, youth leadership programs and youth advocacy initiatives. )

Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C. specializing in high risk and general obstetrics • general gynecology and gynecological surgery • infertility

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By Appointment Only

101 West 24th Street Tower Oaks Building Kearney, NE 68847 www.cobgyn.com 308.865.2740 or 1.800.559.4911 fax: 308.865.2747

John H. Schulte, M.D. David H. Weir, M.D. Keri H. Philpot, M.D. Amie J. Jorgensen, M.D. Beth Johnson, A.P.R.N.


Kearney Orthopedic & Sports Medicine .............................. 38

AmericInn......................................................................... 23

Kearney Public Library....................................................... 30

Baldwin Filters................................................................... 35

Kearney Visitors Bureau..................................................... 21

Bill’s Liquor ......................................................................... 3

Kid Zone - Kearney Area Children’s Museum........................17

Cambridge Court .............................................................. 38

Killion Motors.................................................................... 34

Central Community College................................................ 31

Cory Kruse - State Farm Insurance........................................ 5

Century 21 Midlands........................................................... 7

Marcotte Insurance - Doug Mitchell..................................... 36

Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.C.................... 40

Midway Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac ......... 3

Copycat Printing................................................................ 33

MONA - Museum of Nebraska Art..................................... 17

The Dent Popper................................................................ 36

Mother Hull Home ............................................................. 39

Eaton ............................................................................... 33

Nebraska Firefighters Museum & Education Center ...............17

Exact Eye Care.................................................................... 2

Nebraska Public Power District ........................................... 35

Family Practice Associates P.C. ........................................... 39

Platte Valley State Bank & Trust Company ..... Inside Front Cover

Good Samaritan Hospital .................................................... 1

Spracklen-Russell Construction, Inc...................................... 27

Graham Tire ..................................................................... 36

Thunderhead Brewing Company......................................... 18

Hilltop Mall....................................................................... 19

Trails & Rails Museum .........................................................17

The Historic Frank House.....................................................17

The University of Nebraska Kearney ................................... 29

Integrity Home Inspection & Testing LLC ............................... 27

The UPS Store ..................................................................... 2

Jordan Cochran DDS, PC................................................... 39

USA Steak Buffet ............................................................... 19

Kearney Clinic, P.C. ........................................................... 39

VillageProfile.com, inc. .......................................................23

Kearney Community Theatre .............................................. 16

Water Ecology of Nebraska ............................................... 35

Kearney Crete & Block Co.................................................. 35

Yellow Van Cleaning & Restoration ..................................... 27

Kearney Eye Institute.......................................................... 40

Younes Conference Center ................................................. 21

Kearney High School ......................................................... 31

Younes Hospitality................................................. Back Cover

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Affiliated Brokers Insurance ................................................. 4

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