Partners in Progress

DOWNTOWN/RAILSIDE ✔ WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ✔ ENTREPRENEURSHIP ✔ EDUCATION ✔ AFFORDABLE HOUSING ✔ THE GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018 “Partnering for Progress and Prosperity,” Grow Grand Island’s strategic vision for 2018-23, offers six initiatives — including one to grow the organization itself. If the action plans come to fruition, a grand future indeed awaits the community and Central Nebraska. One of those initiatives focuses on downtown Grand Island, of which the Grand Theatre has become an anchor for redevelopment, entertainment and dining. Pictured above, pedestrians walk by the historic theater, which at the time was playing the Academy Award-winning film, “The Shape of Water.” More stories and photos on downtown Grand Island appear on the following pages. Photo by Barrett Stinson of The Independent CCC, College Park building for the future … Pages 4-5I Career Pathways Institute, Grand Island Senior High’s academies are models for Nebraska … Page 6I State Fair looking ahead to its 150th anniversary … Page 7I Hendrix Genetics to help fuel area economy … Page 6J Grow Grand Island partnership develops initiatives for the next five years… Page 7J Marketing of Grand Island is a team effort … Page 9I

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