The guys are joined by Ogallala High School students Phoebe Lockhart and Rachel Bauer who offer an update on the Interact Club's project of renovating the high school's lecture hall. Ogallala Economic Development Coordinator Travis Haggard was also on the show with his monthly update.
The Ogallala Interact Club's mission of renovating the Ogallala High School lecture hall is moving forward. While a number of donations and some grant money has come in, the club is continuing working to raise more funds. Ogallala Sophomore Phoebe Lockhart and Senior Rachel Bauer joined us on the show this morning to update the progress. The girls said there are 35 seats that can be paid for. Each seat costs $200 and comes with the option of including a plaque to memorialize someone/something, or to include the donor's information. The club hopes to remove the current seats in June and have the new ones installed in July.
But the project is not stopping there. The club is going to continue taking donations, conducting fundraisers, and seeking other funding sources in hopes of renovating the rest of the lecture hall (curtain, stage, lighting, sound, etc.). What started as a project to replace the dilapidated seats in the lecture hall has evolved into a project to make the lecture hall a shining representation of the community. Still a long way to go, but the initial phase of the project looks to be very close to completion.
The club says people interested in helping out with the project can make checks payable to "Mid Nebraska Community Foundation" (with 100% of the funds being funneled into the lecture hall renovation project) and can be dropped off at Adams Bank & Trust. If you have further questions about the project, contact the Ogallala High School and inquire about the Ogallala Interact Club.
Also this morning, Ogallala Economic Development Coordinator Travis Haggard joined us for our monthly conversation. This morning, much of the conversation revolved around social media and online identity. Travis talked a bit about how social media and online resources can affect a community's attraction to potential businesses, organizations, and individuals. Travis talked about the fact that many businesses utilize online resources, such as websites and Facebook pages, as a first impression of a community. He said many businesses and organizations will completely write-off a community simply because of the lack of information on the web about that community, or because of a negative first impression imposed by the web presence. Travis said the city of Ogallala is working at updating its website and working on creating a more cohesive web presence.
Travis also spoke about his experiences with the recent Legislative Days trip to Lincoln to visit with lawmakers, committees and more, as well as his experience with the Triumph of Ag Expo in Omaha recently.
Travis Haggard - Ogallala Economic Development Coordinator
Midwest Opinions 3.14.12 - Segment 1 - John and Josh talk about Einstein
Midwest Opinions 3.14.12 - Segment 2 - Rachel Bauer and Phoebe Lockhart
Midwest Opinions 3.14.12 - Segment 3 - Travis Haggard
Midwest Opinions 3.14.12 - Segment 4 - John and Josh close the show