Albion and Boone County were honored with one of two “Community of the Year” awards presented by the Nebraska Diplomats during their annual Passport Weekend last Friday evening, Sept. 12.
The award was presented by Gov. Dave Heineman, on behalf of the Nebraska Diplomats, in recognition of business growth in the area during the past several years. The following improvements were noted in the award presentation:
* Construction and beginning of production at VeraSun Albion, a 110-million-gallon-per-year ethanol biorefinery;
* The three-phase expansion of services and facilities at Boone County Health Center, which is the county’s largest employer with 216 workers;
* New home construction in the area;
* Community revitalization projects and a vibrant business district;
* Completion of Albion Manor, an eight-plex for low-income senior citizens that was completed in 2002;
* Samaritan Estates, a 20-unit assisted living center completed in 2004.
Bob Racek, a member of both the Albion Economic Development Corp. and Boone County Development Agency, accepted the award from Gov. Heineman.
Also receiving a Nebraska “Community of the Year” award was the City of Grand Island, which has completed many development projects since 2002 and is now preparing to bring the Nebraska State Fair to Grand Island in 2010.