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The Citizen moves to expanded location
March 31, 2010 Jerry Purvis   

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The Gering Citizen newspaper has moved across the street to 1447 10th Street in downtown Gering, just south of Main Street Appliance.
“It’s a good sized office for us and it’s quiet,” said publisher Jim Headley. “I look forward to the future in this location.”
Since its first publication on May 20, 2009, the Gering Citizen has grown from two people to include three full-time employees and three part-timers.
“I was looking on my Facebook page and someone commented we’ve gone through a lot in the past year,” Headley said. “Starting a newspaper in these economic conditions is amazing, but it’s working. We’re quickly becoming the voice of this community and that’s thanks to our readers and advertisers. There’s a need for a newspaper located in Gering and we’re filling that niche very well.”
Headley was also very complimentary of partners Lisa and Nina Betz and the rest of the staff. “Their dedication to the Gering Citizen is one of the many reasons we’ve been so successful. We couldn’t do it without them. Like the community we serve, we’re like our own small community of professionals. That’s what’s been beautiful about this project.”
The Citizen will share office space with Prairie Arts Studio while new offices are being built in the rear of the building to house the newspaper. When the Citizen reaches its one year mark, it will officially apply for membership in the Nebraska Press Association.
“We knew we couldn’t stay forever in our rented office and we’ve really outgrown the space,” said Lisa Betz. “After looking at our options, it made sense to move into a building we owned and where we could expand in the future.”
Betz said it’s been an exciting time opening a newspaper in a struggling economy. However, as the sales and marketing manager for the Citizen, she said advertisers are now calling her to advertise because they’ve seen the paper and heard positive comments about its content.
“We’ve had so much good feedback,” Betz said. “I always ask advertisers why they chose us and it’s always been they’ve heard good things about us. So all the hard work of getting this started is beginning to pay off. We’re really thankful for that.”
The newspaper is also working with Hale Multimedia on some projects such as web design. Betz said it’s been their plan to expand beyond newspaper pages to include other types of media that serve the community’s variety of needs.
Prairie Arts Studio and the Gering Merchants are hosting a Business After Hours on Thursday, April 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. “I’d encourage everyone to come and see the space,” she said.
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