Since November of 2009, I have had the incredible opportunity to share information with you about the great things our neighborhood leaders are doing in Omaha and Council Bluffs. When I was approached about writing regarding neighborhoods, my only reluctance was that I am not a professional writer, by any means. However, I remember a class I took at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where the journalism professor told everyone that behind every good writer is a better editor. Such has been the case working with everyone who helps put this together.
Our metro area has faced many challenges over the years, but we have overcome them together. It is truly the strong sense of community we all share that keeps us moving forward, creating a great community for everyone. I am grateful that, in perhaps some small way, I have contributed to the success we have all shared. I have been a cheerleader, so to speak, and from time to time, I have even poked a bit of fun at myself.
Don’t get too excited because I am not going away totally, but I will be writing a bit less in the year to come. In a recent conversation I had with “my editor,” we thought that perhaps it would be a great opportunity to inject an even greater sense of “neighborhood” into this column.
We want to continue to share your challenges and success stories, and who better to tell the story than the multitude of people who live it every day in their neighborhoods. To me, we can create a much more powerful message when it comes directly from the source, our neighborhood leaders. I think this will be a great opportunity for our entire community to learn about the dedication and hard work it takes to be successful at the grassroots level and why the support of the community is so important.
In turn, this will allow me to perhaps be a bit more focused on particular opportunities or issues we face in our neighborhood business from a global perspective. I will be able to look at issues that may be a bit controversial or share thoughts regarding a particular policy that may benefit us as a community. In conjunction with neighborhood leaders, I look forward to stimulating a constructive dialogue that will continue to build upon the great foundation of “neighborhoods” that make up our community.
Ron Abdouch is the executive director of the Neighborhood Center.
Neighborhood leaders, we would love to hear stories of all the great things happening in your neighborhood. Contact Kiley Cruse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-444-1375 if you would like to share what’s going on in your community.