Kaufman said communities need to get past the sense of just survival and realize a win in one community is a win for the entire state.

“A win in Gering is a win in Scottsbluff and a win in Omaha is a win in Gering,” he said. “Omaha needs to understand that a win in Gering is also a win in Omaha. Until we have that philosophy across the state, I think we’ll continue to struggle. Getting everyone on the same page is what Blueprint Nebraska is all about.”