New Hamilton County Guide offers snapshot of community

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“Welcome to Hamilton County.”
That’s the front page greeting on one of the county’s most comprehensive marketing pieces, which is hot off the press this week in the form of an 84-page full-color magazine.
The Hamilton County Guide offers guests and prospective newcomers a Reader’s Digest version of a place that’s very special to those who call it home. It will soon be available online as well ( to any and all who want to enjoy a colorful snapshot of our community.
There is indeed a lot to offer here in Hamilton County -- great schools, quality health care, top-notch recreational facilities, a diversified economy and a proud, ag-based heritage rooted in some of the best soil and water resources in America. That’s not a sales pitch, but rather a heart-felt sentiment shared by many.
The News-Register staff enjoys the challenge of putting this piece together every other year. For starters, we’re amazed how much change and progress there is to report in 24 months time. It’s also a refreshing reminder of all there is to see and do here, which long-time residents may sometimes take for granted.
The 2015 edition, for example, includes photos and information on the new Aurora Aquatic Center, a revamped Pioneer Trails Recreation Area, several new or expanded businesses and a new senior housing complex in Aurora.
In addition, there are photos and articles about the Edgerton Explorit Center, Plainsman Museum and other attractions. Readers can also learn about the area’s history, education and health care facilities, community services, as well as the many events that make Hamilton County unique. Area businesses and organizations are featured as well, helping paint a broad picture of all the opportunities available. The goal is to make it easy for newcomers to get “plugged in.”
It should be noted that this project is a joint venture with the Aurora Area Chamber & Development, which received a grant from the Hamilton County Visitors Committee to help fund printing costs. The collaborative effort helps make the Guide available at visitor centers along Interstate 80 through the Nebraska Travel Association’s swap program. Travelers heading east or west in our direction are much more likely to turn off at Exit 332 if they have more insight on what they’ll find here.
And who knows, someone stopping through for a first-time visit or a local alum back in town for a class reunion or community celebration just might realize this is a great place to work, live and raise a family. It wouldn’t be the first time that happened, or the last.
Kurt Johnson

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