Tuesday morning, the City of Norfolk held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the North Fork Riverfront Project.
Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning said the project five years in the making will create a recreational, residential, entertainment, and retail/business corridor along the North Fork River, which is funded through state grants and local donors.
U.S. Senator Mike Flood also took time to say that one of the project’s main focuses is to retain young people and build opportunities for them.
"We're not trying to be Omaha or Lincoln here. What we're trying to do is attract young people that live in communities throughout Northeast Nebraska.
"We want to give them an option to come to Norfolk and start their career in the hopes that they're able to move back to the family farm and raise their grandkids in Randolph, in Neligh, in Wayne, in Humphrey.
"This is bigger than Norfolk. This is about the area."
Flood also said that the project has created partnerships with Wayne State and Northeast Community College to provide living and create additional educational programs in the hope that Madison County will have a net positive migration in the 2030 census.