How facing our challenges became an exercise in building community

Getting involved is not always easy; but it's always rewarding

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June 10, 2022 - 10:42 AM

Lisse Regehr, CEO of Thrive Allen County, listens with Job Springer, back left, while county commissioner Bruce Symes discusses housing possibilities. Photo by Susan Lynn / Iola Register

At first glance, it would appear Monday night’s Community Conversation was a downer. 

After all, the consensus was that we have some pretty big hurdles to clear before we feel we’re on the right path, including reversing the long-term trend of a declining population base, a lack of adequate housing, a wanting workforce and adequately addressing the needs of our vulnerable populations.

To help counter a feeling of helplessness, two things happened. 

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