Progress Edition theme 'Embracing Change' this week

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tip your newspaper carrier a little extra this week if you're in that habit, or at least show a little sympathy.

That's because he or she will be carrying a lot of extra newspaper to your doorstep with this year's Progress Edition, themed "Embracing Change."

"There's a lot of 'pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps'-type energy out there," said Jeremy Blomstedt, special editions editor for the Gazette.

And that energy takes many different forms, judging from the stories that will be scattered in sections published throughout the week.

Of course, there are photos and stories about major construction projects such as the city building, hospital expansion, churches and others.

But there are a number of small start-up businesses such as a tortilla factory, Mexican restaurants and caterers.

Retailing has certainly changed with the advent of big-box stores and the Internet, but most storefronts along Norris Avenue are full again, as local entrepreneurs find unfilled niches where they can meet a need.

Fitness is another important part of this year's Progress edition, whether in the form of personal trainers, exercise studios or the major upgrade in facilities and equipment at the McCook YMCA.

And, Heritage Hills Golf Course has nearly completed a major revamping to make itself more inviting to both advanced golfers and those interested in a less challenging game.

The spirit extends around the region, of course, with area business stories such as the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union, celebrating its 10th year of operation after Palisade-area residents pooled their efforts to provide financial services.

Following the "Embracing Change" theme this week a McCook businesses today, area stories on Tuesday, churches and nonprofits on Wednesday, agriculture on Thursday and general stories on Friday.

We hope you take time to enjoy this year's Progress Edition, one of the largest projects taken on by the Gazette staff each year. We think you'll find, as we have, that there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the local business climate.

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