The Grand Island Independent recently ran a feature on a program organized by Arcadia Public Schools and Valley County Economic Development to make area students aware of opportunities for entrepreneurship in their own backyard.
After growing up in a small town, many high school students can't wait to get out, said Mindy Conner, Arcadia's guidance counselor. The message verbalized by several speakers and tour hosts acknowledged that desire, encouraging students to go out and see the rest of the world. But rural towns need all the business start-ups they can get, and students often don't realize that they can do many of the jobs they want to do in their hometown, Conner said.
Between tours, several Arcadia seniors said their classmates are divided on whether they want to return to the area after college, but expressed appreciation of small-town life. 'I don't think I could live in the city for too long," many of the students said. The seniors found trading exercise particularly intriguing, saying it brought up new possibilities of making a living in a rural area.