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Veterans Memorial Building

The VMBP continues to accomplish goals set towards the renovation and reopening of the Veteran's Memorial Building. Community engagement is vital to the success of the Veteran's Memorial Building Fundraising Campaign. During the time we are raising funds through donations, sponsorships and grants, we are looking at both Pre-Renovation Service Offerings and Post Renovation Service Offerings. Currently we host the local Farmers Market in the VMB parking lot during the summer months.

 

Pre-Renovation Service Offerings
To generate early followers and gain movement for the VMBP, we are looking at immediate service offerings that could begin by using existing available space in the area.
Activities should correlate with the planned tourist and seasonal happenings already taking place in the Nebraska City and Otoe County areas. Suggested activities for immediate implementation include:

  • Foodpreneur education and training classes: partner with Southeast Community College’s Culinary Program and community classroom space and existing area restaurants
  • Launch Veteran’s farm program
  • General business/education classes: partner with The Treetop Business Incubator
  •  Establish Grower’s Club: offer education component, seed share, crop share, recipe exchange and grower’s awards
  • Assist the James Morton Public Library with traveling Makerspace
  • Create specific capital access fund: in conjunction with area economic development support entities for food/entrepreneurs
  • Farmers Market: Continue to highlight regionally grown goods for sale by independent rural growers seasonally in the parking lot.
  • Utilize parking lot for “Pop-up” outdoor events: concert, movie, plays, restaurant, traveling chef show, pitch contest, food trade show, etc…

 

Post-Renovation Service Offerings
To achieve the project purpose and mission, the renovated building will offer the following anchor services:

  • Regional Culinary Incubator: Create a self-sustaining regional culinary incubator to make Nebraska City the farm-to-kitchen capital of the region
  •  Business Support Services: Provide area entrepreneurs education/training and business support services to pre-start (test/research), create and expand businesses with specific focus on those that add to the regional food system; both virtually and via the newly renovated space while collaborating with the existing business incubator program, The Treehouse Business Incubator, located on the second floor of American National Bank
  •  Performing Arts Center: Revitalize the existing stage for performing arts and other presentation activities
  • Classroom & Meeting Space: Offer mixed use space for community activities, meetings, and celebrations to support area non-profit organizations while also providing a steady rental income
  •  Retail Store: Provide shared retail space to show case locally made goods for sale via an annual indoor farmer’s market concept (outdoors in the summer), outreaching to the tourist market for downtown attraction.
  •  Craft Microbrewery: House a local craft microbrewery to enable users to lease equipment (short term or long term) for small batch runs containing locally grown ingredients to be sold in the retail store. (Example: apple and peach ales)

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Pre-Renovation Service Offerings 

To generate early followers and gain movement for the VMBP, immediate service offerings can begin using existing available space in the area. Activities should correlate with the planned tourist and seasonal happenings already taking place in the Nebraska City and Otoe County areas and present opportunity for revenue to be earned and/or donor and sponsor funds to be raised. Suggested activities for immediate implementation include:

  • Foodpreneur education and training classes
  • Launch Veteran’s farm program
  • General business/education classes
  • Establish Grower’s Club
  • Assist the James Morton Public Library with traveling Makerspace
  • Create specific capital access fund
  • Farmers Market
  • Utilize parking lot for “Pop-up” outdoor events

Post-Renovation Service Offerings 

To achieve the project purpose and mission, the renovated building will offer the following anchor services:

Regional Culinary Incubator: Create a self-sustaining regional culinary incubator to make Nebraska City the farm-to-kitchen capital of the region
Business Support Services: Provide area entrepreneurs education/training and business support services
Performing Arts Center: Revitalize the existing stage for performing arts and other presentation activities
Classroom & Meeting Space: Offer mixed use space for community activities, meetings, and celebrations to support area non-profit organizations while also providing a steady rental income
Retail Store: Provide shared retail space to show case locally made goods for sale via an annual indoor farmer’s market concept (outdoors in the summer), outreaching to the tourist market for downtown attraction.
Craft Microbrewery: House a local craft microbrewery to enable users to lease equipment for small batch runs containing locally grown ingredients to be sold in the retail store.