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Welcome to Kimball

Author: 
Wilson Bowling

The City of Kimball's Economic Development page is up and running.  The wait has been exhausting (for me at least), but now the time has come.  To use the clich√©, I really do think that this will usher in a new age for Kimball.  I'll do my best to explain.

I am writing this introduction for two reasons.   This is for Kimball residents, many of whom don't know what economic development is, what exactly that I, personally, am doing, or why any of it is important.  More importantly, I am letting Kimballites know why I am so ecstatic about this site, and why they should be as well.   I am also writing this for site selectors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone outside our community.  Kimball is a small, rural city.  We do not get exposure outside of our region.  To you I say, Welcome to Kimball.  

The World Wide Web and Us


Before starting my career, I remember having a conversation with a friend and mentor in the Economic Development world and trying to absorb every word of advice that he uttered.  He told me that a website was not only important, but it is now the first step for a site selection process. For those of you that are not directly involved in Economic Development or Site Selection, the process to find th best site is not as you would expect.  When a list is compiled of all the places where a business can relocate, the process is not finding the best site.  The process is to find reasons to cross sites off the list until only one remains.  The website is the first step.  If they don't like it or can't find the basic, needed information, you can forget it.

When I took the job here in Kimball, I was not happy with the former website.   It was integrated with the city website, which meant I was very limited on how I could set up the site.   Much of the information was outdate, and much more was ot even listed.  My original plan was to attempt to update it with the current and relevant information.  I began my search at other Nebraskan community's ED sites for inspiration.   What I found is that very few have taken the time to produce quality sites.  I don't mean this as a jab to my colleagues around the state, but a sad reality as seen by a child of the internet age.   I came to the realization, and the Economic Development board was fully behind me, that I should create a new, separate site to highlight the business opportunities in Kimball.  This site will be current, modern, user friendly, and pleasing on the eyes.  I hope that this will inspire some of the other communities (many of which are larger than Kimball) to revamp their own websites. 

 

Home on the Range

I hear often from life-long or long-time residents about Kimball, the good, the bad, the successes, and the failures.  I come from the outside, so I don't know any of that.  I see the present, and I see so many incredible aspects and amazing opportunities.   Kimball may be small, but we have a strong industrious core.   We have many talented machinists who are ever busy perfecting their art and product.  We have some very intelligent business owners who are adapting their companies to meet current demand and are finding ways to expand.  These very same business owners, as well as so many workers from all disciplines share a love for Kimball and actively work to better her.   The 9 months that I have been here have been a blessing for me.  I've fostered many relationships and have gotten a grasp of this community as a whole.  Though rural and small, Kimball is a strong community ready to face challenges and grow.  I invite anyone reading this blog to stop by or to give me a call (308.235.1815).  Come see why Kimball is perfect for you, your family and your business.