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How can Nebraska reverse 'brain drain'? Start with communities 'that people want to live in'

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Mike Flood

“We’re not trying to be Omaha or Lincoln or Dallas,” Mike Flood said. “We’re trying to be something more than Norfolk is right now.”

Nebraska's worker gap

During the recession a decade ago, Nebraska had two unemployed workers for every available job. Now the issue is reversed, with two open jobs for every available worker. Nebraska's worker gap for it size is the fifth largest in the country.

Josh Moenning

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning came into office three years ago with a dream of redeveloping the downtown area along the river where Norfolk was born in 1866.

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Norfolk takes its name from the North Fork of the Elkhorn River.

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning

Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning walks along a part of the North Fork of the Elkhorn river that the city plans to start to revitalize.

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Norfolk rendering

A rendering of the possible new riverfront in Norfolk, looking south. Riverwalk entertainment businesses are just above the river and a new business park is at the center. Part of the new park is visible at the bottom right.

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Henry is a general assignment reporter, but his specialty is deep dives into state issues and public policy. He's also into the numbers behind a story, yet to meet a spreadsheet he didn't like. Follow him on Twitter @HenryCordes. Phone: 402-444-1130.

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