- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

WYMORE, Neb. (AP) - A recently formed development group is working to continue a series of community improvements in Wymore.

Wymore/Blue Springs Area Development group vice president Dale Crawford says the group is organizing as an affiliate of the Nebraska Community Foundation, a statewide organization helping communities develop improvement programs, including fiance, strategy and training.

The Beatrice Daily Sun (https://bit.ly/1XdGDjs ) reports that the group has built a park in a vacant downtown space and set up a directory of notable locations and people in the window of an empty downtown building.

“It took a vacant lot - it was really an eyesore - and made it useful,” Crawford said. “You have to have a group of dedicated people who want to see the community better. We need to lead the way.”

Janice Cohorst of the Wymore/Blue Springs Area Development group says the community foundation has helped other Nebraska communities, such as Atkinson and Diller.

“We sure hope we can see some big changes in our communities,” Cohorst said. “Other communities that belong (to the foundation), it’s amazing what they do in their communities.”

City Council member Keith Ottersberg, a member of the community development group, said it would be a bonus if the group were to work together with Wymore because the city has limited funds for public projects.

In the long term, Crawford and Cohorst said they’d like to help Wymore address the community’s concern with dilapidated buildings.

“Tearing down a building is costly, not only to purchase it, but have the inspection,” Crawford said. “We want to provide funds to help the city government and make that more feasible.”

Cohorst says the group will more concretely define its mission, begin informational projects for fundraising and start applying for grants when it gets input from residents.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com

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