COLUMBUS-- Things are looking good for the Platte County Extension Office.

Two months have passed since the doors opened at the office’s new 2715 13th St. location. The building was purchased last year by the county for $172,000 and many renovations were made to accommodate clientele and employees.

The office relocated Dec. 11 from their space in the basement of the Platte County Courthouse. 

Extension Educator Jill Goedeken said the community has noticed the welcome change.

“We’ve received many compliments so far on the visibility and accessibility,” Goedeken said. “We are all very appreciative for the upgrade.”

Renovations to the former First Franchise Capitol building included new carpet, paint and several new office spaces.

Goedeken said that the new building offers an education room for the 4-H Club that has been “taking full advantage of the meeting space.”

Looking ahead, the extension office plans to add video and audio technology for educational purposes to the education room.

“We’re in the process of equipping the room to use for more opportunities,” Goedeken said. “The new technology will make our location be a regional hub for more locations so that we can serve and educate a wide portion of Nebraska.”

The Platte County Extension Office works to research advancements the University of Nebraska- Lincoln has made in nutrition, agricultural programming and community environment. The information is then brought back to their respective area to “work in this rapidly changing world to gather information for Nebraskans,” Goedeken said.

To recognize the new location, the Platte County Extension Office is holding an Open House 3-6 p.m. today. The celebration will offer visitors a chance to see the new space, learn about new programs and enjoy refreshments.

The open house will also introduce three new staff members to the Columbus branch. They are 4-H Program Assistant Aliesha Dethlefs, Andrea Lemmer with the nutrition education program and Crops and Water Extension Educator Megan Taylor.

Platte County Extension made the move out of the courthouse to provide better parking, more visibility and better public access to the facilities during after hours events.

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