Gothenburg wins All-America City Award

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GOTHENBURG, Neb. (KNOP) - Doing things "the Gothenburg way" has earned the small town the honor being an All American City Award Winner.

Gothenburg was the smallest town to receive the prestigious All-America City award. (Source: Madison Clark\KNOP-TV)

The Gothenburg improvement company recently presented three projects the town had undertaken to the National Civic League to receive this honor.

"It was brought to our attention through our GIC meeting, which is the Gothenburg Improvement Company. They said hey this year's theme lines up with a lot of the initiatives that Gothenburg had been undertaking. We decided to take a stab at it and we ended up being selected as a finalist. It's a very prestigous accolade," said Will Rahjes, Team Captain for the All-America City presentation.

The projects included the development of the town's food access programs, early childhood education programs, and the newly built YMCA.

"We are the smallest community in the nation with a YMCA. We locally raised right at 5 million dollars to build this YMCA which is integrated with our new hospital," said Joyce Hudson, mayor of Gothenburg.

Colten Venteicher headed the childhood education program portion of the presentation.

Venteicher is an active community member who recognizes Gothenburg is a progressive community.

"We're at a point right now where some of those leaders who have been around for three or four decades are starting to get up there in age and are looking to pass the torch. So if you're a young person in Gothenburg you're basically expected to involved. So for my part it's a great community to raise a family and I just want to keep it going as a great community," said Venteicher.

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