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Occupancy rates in the capital are expected to reach 84.3%, according to research by consultancy PwC.

The surge comes as a huge number of new rooms are set to open in the city.

PwC estimates that an additional 6,430 net new rooms could open in London, taking the total supply to more than 136,000.

The strong demand is helping to drive revenue per room, which is expected to grow at more than 4.5% a year.


Despite its reputation for high prices, the capital is not the most expensive European city in terms of cost per room.

In euro terms the most expensive city based on average daily room rate is Paris at €257 (£187), followed by Geneva at €232 and Zurich at €193. London follows with €182.

Rome averages €143, after which come Milan (€131) and Amsterdam (€125).

In 2016 all cities, bar Geneva and Zurich, are set to see further growth, although the rate of increase may be marginal in some.

London’s hotel boom is a reflection of the capital’s ability to attract high-profile events, with the rugby World Cup alone set to bring thousands of visitors in.

The NFL’s three-game international series is also due for a repeat this year, including the first intra-divisional game to be staged outside the US at Wembley Stadium.

Investment is also bringing capacity on stream in the rest of the UK, where growth is set to run at about 2%.

Cities with the most active room pipelines after London are Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cambridge and Bath.

Overseas investment remains high, particularly from Asia.

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Ghent, Belgium

Why go?
While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture and historical sites – St Bavo Cathedral is the obvious one – but you’ll also find a buzzing contemporary creative scene too, with trendy hang outs such as bar/cafe/co-working space Bar Buro, cycle cafe Bidon and cutting edge restaurants such as JEF. Evenings are far livelier too, with a big student population revelling in the city that spawned electro legends Soulwax.
When to go?
During the summer, Ghent hosts a wide range of festivals, including the 10-day multi-arts extravaganza Gentse Feesten. However, the city is just as beautiful during the winter, and in November is the location of the notoriously bonkers Six-days cycle race.
Where to stay?
The Backstay Hostel opened last summer and occupies a stunning city centre art deco building, which was formerly the home of left-wing newspaper Vooruit. There’s a range of pod-style dorms and double rooms, each of which is named after a famous newspaper (including the Guardian). The restaurant and communal spaces are chic, chilled and light, with wooden floors, vintage furniture and a library.
Dormitory beds from €19 a night BB, double rooms from €64 BB.

Lyon, France

Musee des Confluences, Lyon.
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Why go?
Lyon is packed with more than enough to compete with Paris for weekends away, but without having to exhaust yourself trekking from one arrondissement to the other. From May 2015, Eurostar will be running direct trains to Lyon meaning you can reach the city from London in less than five hours. It’s renowned for its food scene, but recently it’s the regenerated dock area on the banks of the Rhône and the Saône that’s got a buzz to it. That’s where you’ll find the recently opened Musée de Confluence – a futuristic-looking science and anthropology museum – as well as La Sucrière, a new arts and music venue in an old sugar warehouse, as well as a host of other chic restaurants and art spaces.
When to go?
Being 250 miles further south than Paris, Lyon gets lovely hot weather during the summer. But it’s got plenty to offer all year round. In May, it hosts Nuits Sonores, a five-day (and night) festival of electronic music and art, which sees hundreds of locations across the city transformed into creative stages (13-17 May). In September, 2015, the city will launch four months of contemporary art with the Lyon Beinnale.

Where to stay?
In true testament to Lyon’s growth as a creative hub, the city has recently gained its first designer hostel, Slo Living. Opened in June 2014 in Lyon’s city centre, it’s the brainchild of young team consisting of two world travellers and an architect. As you would imagine, the hostel, which also hosts events, is cool and relaxed and there’s a great private patio for socialising.
Dorms from €25, doubles from €75,

Leipzig, Germany

The Spinnerei Galerien complex inhabits one of Leipzig’s old cotton mills.
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Why go?
Where else can you find a vegan kebab shop? A refuge for disenchanted Berliners, Leipzig has risen from its industrial past thanks to a new generation of young creatives looking for a cheap, fun and urban place to pitch up in. This May, the Spinnerei Galerien celebrates 10 years since this vast former cotton mill was converted into an art studio complex – it’s just one of many contemporary art spaces in the city that now includes the likes of Kaufhaus Held, a department store repurposed into a creative venue in 2013. Meanwhile, the nightlife scene spans from hip, cheap pubs and bars to the legendary Distillery – one of Germany’s oldest techno clubs.
When to go?
As usual, summer is the time for festivals – and winter in Leipzig, as in Berlin, can be pretty cold. But even in October there are big events to build a trip around, including the Leipzig Jazz Festival and DOK, one of the world’s oldest documentary film festivals.
Where to stay?
Hotel Fregehaus occupies a rich 18th-century building right in the heart of Leipzig’s old town. The boutique interior has been updated to be crisp, spacious and modern, but still retains hints of the building’s former glamour – think contemporary study chairs facing ornate gold-framed mirrors.
Doubles from €76,

Segovia, Spain

Segovia has a large gothic cathedral and several beautiful churches.
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Why go?
If you’ve been to Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao and are curious to explore another, smaller city in Spain, then Segovia, with its beautiful churches and slower pace is a good option for a peaceful mini-break. The huge gothic cathedral and Disney-esque castle are two of the city’s main attractions, as is the old town itself, a Unesco world heritage site. Thirty minutes’ train ride from Madrid, it’s also easy to explore as a day trip as part of a longer holiday in the capital.
When to go?
While the summer can be pretty hot, this is a great city to visit during spring and autumn when you’ll find pleasant temperatures, perfect for exploring on foot.
Where to stay?
Located on Plaza Mayor, the Hotel Infanta Isabel has 37 rooms, almost all of which feature windows that open out onto the main square and across the beautiful spires and rooftops of the city.
Doubles from €46,

Porto, Portugal

A gallery in Rua de Miguel Bombarda, Porto Portugal.
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Why go?
Portugal’s second city may not have quite the same party vibe as Lisbon, but it shares the faded charm and buzzing creative scene. There’s much more to do than sip on port. Rua de Miguel Bombarda is the centre of the city’s art district, an area where you’ll find well over a dozen contemporary galleries to check out, while the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art – as well as being a modernist masterpiece (by architect Álvaro Siza) – is one of the country’s most important museums. And even run down parts of Porto are worth exploring, thanks to clever, alternative tours run by a group of young architects.
When to go?
Porto’s traditional summer highlight is the St John’s Feast festival on 23 June, which involves street parties, fireworks and hitting each other on the head with plastic hammers. Those up for some more contemporary fun will want to check in for the Optimo Primavera Sound Festival, 4-6 June, an offshoot of the Barcelona music festival first run in Porto in 2012.
Where to stay?
The bold and beautiful Tattva Design Hostel is one of the largest in the city. The dorms are modern and cool, the private rooms are on a par with boutique hotels, and the terrace bar is the perfect place to get warmed up before making the short walk to the city’s nightlife district.
Doubles from €47 BB, dormitory beds from €15,

Linz, Austria

Ars Electronica Center and Postlingberg Church, Linz.
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Why go?
Linz combines old town charm with a burgeoning creative scene that might surprise one or two who aren’t up to speed with developments. Last December it was accepted into Unesco’s network of Creative Cities – and in 2009 it was a European capital of culture, in each instance helping raise the profile of the city as an arts and music destination. The recently upgraded Ars Electronica Center – a museum for the future – is a place to explore the interraction between people and the world around them, and encapsulates Linz’s reputation as an experimental, forward-looking city.
When to go?
Two of Linz’s biggest long-running annual events are the Ars Electronica festival in September, a series of exhibitions, performances and events focused on arts and science, and Pflasterspektakel Linz in July, one of Europe’s biggest street artist festivals – a celebration of buskers, human statues, clowns and dancers.
Where to stay?
Book a room through the Pixel Hotel, a conceptual accommodation project that allows visitors to stay in uniquely designed rooms scattered around the city “like pixels”.
From €149 per night,

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Swing low … Showroom Mama is a hub for the modern arts scene in Rotterdam

Why go?
Amsterdam may be pretty, but Rotterdam is a design-led Dutch city that’s brimming with iconic architecture. The Architectural Institute is the obvious place to delve into the subject, while Tent and Showroom Mama are highlights of Rotterdam’s cutting edge contemporary arts scene. The nightlife is excellent too; Bird is a top live music venue while clubs like Perron consistently draw top underground DJs to the city.
When to go?
One of the highlights of Rotterdam’s cultural calender is the North Sea Jazz festival, which takes place in July and this year celebrates its 40th anniversary with a star-studded line up including D’Angelo, Tony Bennett duetting with Lady Gaga, Joshua Redman, and Herbie Hancock duo with Chick Corea.
Where to stay?
The award-winning King Kong Hostel opened last March, instantly making an impression as one of Rotterdam’s coolest places to the stay. The hip spot is located on Witte de Withstraat, surrounded by the city’s best bars and restaurants.
Private rooms from €26, dorms from €19.50,

Turin, Italy

Turin’s Egyptian Museum has one of the largest collections of artefacts in Europe.
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Why go?
Don’t be put off by Turin’s location in Italy’s industrial north; the city is more attractive than nearby Milan and has a cafe and food scene that showcases the best that Piedmont (and Italy) has to offer. The historic Caffe Torino – known as “the living room” is a classic hangout, one of many richly furnished art nouveu and art deco cafes and restaurants to be found beneath the shaded pedestrian arcades. Newer restaurants worth checking out for an expert take on traditional ingredients include Ristorante Consorzio, while cultural attractions range from the Museo Egizio – for one of the biggest collection of Egyptian artefacts in Europe – to the converted Lingotto Fiat Factory, which featured in the Italian Job.
When to go?
Spring is the best time to visit, when the weather is most favourable for exploring by foot, but there’s always a wide range of events going on. In October there’s the Movement music festival – the Italian offshoot of the cult Detroit electronic music event and at the end of March England will take on Italy in a friendly game at the Juventus stadium.
Where to stay?
For a less conventional place to stay, try one of Turin’s design BBs. Vitamina M was the first to open, inviting visitors to stay in a chic, minimal house full of funky Italian objects (think bright red and shiny), while Terres d’Aventure Suites offers a slightly more serious, classy option, with mini-apartments also on offer.
Doubles from €100 BB at Vitamina M,, and at Terres d’Aventure Suites

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg’s Haga area is a warren of old buildings, cafes and small shops.
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Why go?
As is often the way with second cities, Gothenburg is less glam than the capital, Stockholm, but its more industrial environment provides the perfect backdrop for a lively creative scene. A prime example of this is Roda Sten – an old boiler house on the concrete riverside that’s now a huge arts and cultural space. The cobbled streets of the historically run down Haga neighbourhood is a place to explore indie cafes, shops and restaurants, such as Dirty Records/Cafe Santo Domingo – where you can combine crate-digging with organic, homemade grub and coffee. When night falls there’s countless drinking spots to choose from; Ölhallen 7:an is a historic beer hall, while Bar Kino, next to Hagabions Cafe, is a popular alt hang out.
When to go?
Go in summer and enjoy the midnight sun. In August, Gothenburg hosts the three-day rock festival, Way Out West, this year including Patti Smith, Beck and Belle Sebastian, as well as the annual culture festival, which provides six days of free entertainment – from comedy to film – in the downtown area.
Where to stay?
The design-led Avalon hotel is a feng-shui certified establishment in the centre of the city. It has a wide range of rooms all fitted in a contemporary Scandi style as well as a bar and restaurant.
Doubles from £134,

Belgrade, Serbia

KC Grad, a popular hangout for young travellers and local creatives in Savamala, Belgrade.
Photograph: Photographer: Nemanja Stojanovic/

Why go?
Belgrade’s cultural scene has snowballed in the past five years. The combination of this with the gritty urbanism of the city sees it frequently (perhaps lazily) compared with Berlin – Belgrade is intriguing in its own unique way. Savamala, the neighbourhood on the river below the old town, is the current focal point for the city’s creatives. Here you’ll find KC Grad and Mikser House, two arts and performance spaces as well as lots of bars and restaurants. The city’s clubbing scene is vibrant, and feaures legendary floating club 20/44 and brand new “techno cathedral” Drugstore, in a former slaughterhouse.
When to go?
Summer is super hot in Belgrade, but it’s also when the string of nightclubs on boats on the riverside are in full swing (most of these, apart from 20/44, close during winter). The best times to visit, according to locals, is spring or autumn, avoiding the particularly dreary spell winter can cast over the place.
Where to stay?
If you’ve got the money, Townhouse 27 in the old town has a boutique feel with sleek rooms and warm service. But backpackers on a party trip will want to check into the Green Studio Hostel where you can bag a bed from as little as €5 per night and an atmosphere that should keep you up all weekend.
Townhouse 27: Doubles from €175 per night, Green Studio Hostel: Beds from €5,

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“Put Some South in Yo’ Mouth” — and some more space between you and the next table.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ is moving out of its longtime home at 428 Amsterdam Ave. into bigger, fancier digs around the corner, at 100 W. 82nd St.

The Upper West Side spot is popular and tends to attract a boisterous after-work crowd. The new, bigger space spans 4,500 square feet and seats 225 people.

“It’s a much nicer, more sophisticated space,” said Rafe Evans, of Walker Malloy Co. who brokered the deal.

The chain, which boasts 12 locations ranging from Westchester to Florida, is known for good spare ribs and beer.

Stella and Gianluca Ballarini, the husband and wife catering duo behind Scoozi Events NYC, are opening Amused on Friday.

The restaurant, at 142 W. 83rd St., will offer brunch, dinner and drinks on the weekend, with “pop-up dinners and private events” on weekdays, a spokesperson said.

That’s a bit more ambitious than its predecessor, Say Cheese, which served grilled cheese on weekends.

The restaurant-starved area around Madison Square is gaining a new option, thanks to restaurateur Tom Murphy. Juniper Bar, at 237 West 35th St., includes 30-seat dining area and a private-event room.

We Hear…

Chef Daniel Boulud will host “Black Truffles and Blue Jeans,” his 18th annual Sunday Supper at Daniel to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels, a nonprofit that does 2 million meals for 18,000 homebound elderly every year. This year, Chef Jacques Chibois from La Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse, France, will join him in the kitchen.

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Kan je genieten van de vetste tricks als je naar een potje basketbal kijkt? Dan moet je FunX deze week zeker in de gaten houden, want in verschillende shows worden kaarten weggeven voor de Harlem Globetrotters! Amerika’s bekendste basketbalteam neemt het op 16 en 17 april op tegen de Washington Generals.    

Je kan ook via in de prijzen vallen. Wat moet je doen? Scroll naar beneden, vul je gegevens in en geef het juiste antwoord op de onderstaande vraag om kans te maken op twee kaarten!

Tijdens de wedstrijd wordt er niet alleen serieus gebasketbald. Deze sterren nemen ook de tijd om de ziekste moves te laten zien en grappen uit te halen. Misschien word jij als toeschouwer ook betrokken bij het spel! Hou je van basketbal en/of een goede show? Dan mag je dit spektakel op 16 april in Groningen (Martiniplaza) of 17 april in Almere (Topsportcentrum) zeker niet missen!

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It comes despite a huge number of new rooms that are set to open this year from new developments. Research by PricewaterhouseCoopers, released today, shows that an additional 6,430 net new rooms could open in London, taking the total supply to more than 136,000.

Despite this the consultancy expects occupancy rates in the capital to be 84.3 per cent, followed by Edinburgh at 81 per cent and Paris at 80.3 per cent. All three cities should see further growth in 2016, albeit at a slower pace.

The strong demand is helping to drive revenue per room, which is expected to grow at more than 4.5 per cent a year.

Despite its reputation for high prices, the capital is not the most expensive European city in terms of cost per room. In euro terms the most expensive city based on average daily room rate is Paris at €257 (£187), followed by Geneva at €232 and Zurich at €193. London follows with €182. Rome averages €143, after which come Milan (€131) and Amsterdam (€125). In 2016 all cities, bar Geneva and Zurich, are set to see further growth, although the rate of increase may be marginal in some.

London’s hotel boom is a reflection of the capital’s ability to attract high-profile events, with the rugby World Cup alone set to bring thousands of visitors in.

The NFL’s three-game international series is also due for a repeat this year, including the first intra-divisional game to be staged outside the US at Wembley Stadium.

Investment is also bringing capacity on stream in the rest of the UK, where growth is set to run at about 2 per cent. Cities with the most active room pipelines after London are Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cambridge and Bath.

Overseas investment remains high, particularly from Asia.

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At almost any time, the sky over a New Orleans neighborhood can quickly change from blue to black as a storm moves in, unleashing window-rattling thunder and dense sheets of rain. In 20 minutes, the deluge can swamp streets, with water rising over lawns and inching toward front doors.

But 30 minutes after the last drop falls, the city’s huge pumping stations can have those streets dry again, the only evidence of the downpour being the steam rising from concrete, baking again under the subtropical sun.

Locals may celebrate that efficiency, but Roelof Stuurman, a visiting Dutch groundwater specialist, shakes his head in disgust when he thinks of that rapid and regular wet-to-dry cycle in New Orleans.

“You spend your money trying to get every last drop of water out of your city when you should be trying to keep some of it in,” Stuurman said. “You have this serious problem, and no one is in charge of it. Instead, you’re making it worse.”

That problem is subsidence — the steady, costly and dangerous sinking of the city caused by the drying of the delta soils on which it rests. It turns out that New Orleans, known for its epic battles to keep water outside of its levees, is also threatened by keeping too little water in.

A city that prides itself on embracing contradiction is now waking up to this one: The levees and pumping stations it has spent nearly 300 years perfecting to guard against external threats have also been the catalysts allowing an unseen enemy below to savage its budgets and cloud its future.

“When we settled here, the land under us was like a sponge that contained a lot of water,” said David Waggonner, a landscape architect and co-author of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, which aims to change the city’s relationship with water. “And what happens to a sponge when you dry it out? It shrinks.

“That’s what we’ve been doing by fighting water instead of trying to live with it. We’ve been hurting ourselves.”

Half of area below sea level

The wounds are visible everywhere: roller-coaster streets pocked with tire-eating potholes; homes tilted and twisted like subjects in Michalopoulos paintings; fractured driveways and sidewalks; lawns that no longer reach front steps; and a drainage system with piling-supported main lines that can be higher than the neighborhoods they are supposed to keep dry.

Yet an even more troubling future is written on elevation maps of the city. Half of the metro area already has been pulled below sea level, and the city continues to sink even as the seas rise at a record pace due to global warming.

Sixty-one percent of metropolitan-area residents now live on land lower than the surface of the lakes and wetlands pushing against the levees, according to Tulane University geographer Richard Campanella, and that number is only going to increase in the years ahead.

Many residents understand the price of protecting the area from hurricanes — a new $14.5 billion levee system and soaring flood-insurance rates — but few understand how the sinking land adds to their daily cost of living as well as threatening the region’s future viability.

Figures in the Urban Water Plan and estimates from city and state officials show a staggering subsidence bill over the next 50 years:

$2 billion in structural damage to homes and buildings. That’s $41 million a year.

As much as $1.5 billion to lift and re-armor sinking levees so they remain certified for subsidized flood insurance.

$8 billion in flood damage due to rainfall, or $160 million a year.

Street replacement rates that are six times the national average: It costs $7 million a mile to rebuild a street in New Orleans, compared with an average of $1.7 million in other urban areas. The extra cost is the amount of subsurface work required due to subsidence, according to the city’s Department of Public Works.

Much of the more than $24 million the city spends annually on sewer and water line repairs is related to subsidence.

Shrinking sponges

The underlying reason for those costs is made clear by an image Stuurman presents: a cross-section of the earth beneath New Orleans, displaying different soil types in different colors.

It looks like a Jackson Pollock painting. Colors start and stop, rise and fall in no discernible order. The chaos covers every inch of the 150 feet between the city’s streets and the first hard rock far below them.

That means the city isn’t sitting on a single sponge but on a collection of sponges of different sizes and types, each of which is shrinking at different rates — and some that will expand again when rehydrated.

“You’ve got highly organic material like marshes, then clays, then beach sands, and in some places a mixture of all those,” said Bill Gwyn, a local engineer who has worked in these soils for decades. “So there really isn’t any average you can go with over distance.

“It is very complicated and challenging.”

It’s all the result of the region’s geologic history. The Mississippi River built this delta over thousands of years through annual floods, each of which may have carried different materials. Later, deeper floods might have covered surface features that grew on the delta. That produced the wild weave of different soil layers beneath the metro area.

So the sinking and expansion can vary from one end of a street to the other, from month to month.

Most of that movement is controlled by the water table — the amount of moisture in the soils. The higher the water table, the slower the rate of subsidence.

Originally, the water table under New Orleans stayed high thanks to an almost annual soaking from Mississippi River floods. But when levees were raised to protect the city from those floods, the water table started dropping and the soils began to drain, dry and sink. That problem was magnified when development spread blankets of concrete and asphalt across the landscape, reducing the ability of rainfall to recharge the water table.

Danger of droughts

New Orleanians live in a city that gets an average of 60 inches of rain a year, yet they know the area’s rare droughts can cause expensive problems as well: Sinkholes develop in streets, houses begin to list like leaking ships, cracks spider across walls, and doors start sticking in their jambs as homes begin to move with the ground beneath them.

But for a population living in a bowl, fear of flooding from frequent torrential rains was always the greater concern and higher priority. The result is a vast stormwater drainage system featuring 1,300 miles of subsurface pipes funneling water to a series of deep outfall canals linked to 23 pumping stations that rank among the largest in the world.

And they’re always working.

“Some of those lines just continuously drain water from the soils beneath the area and into the canals, even when there is no rain,” Waggonner said. “So there is this constant tapping into the water table.”

In fact, that move-it-out-quickly drainage system is now recognized as a factor contributing to more flooding, not less. Speeding great volumes water to the canals can quickly overwhelm the capacity even of those huge pumps to stay ahead of torrential rains.

And as the land has continued to sink due to the draining of the water table, the flooding threat has become worse in some sections of the city because they are now below sea level.

Because the drainage system depends on gravity to move water to the pumping stations, the canals and the major pipes leading to them are supported by pilings to prevent them from sinking below the level of the pumps. But some of the streets and homes around those lines are not on pilings, and they have sunk below the system designed to keep them dry.

That’s one reason some of the city’s major roads — such as Nashville and Napoleon avenues — seemed to be on ridges several feet above the homes along them. They have been built on top of huge drainage culverts that rest on pilings.

“I know this sounds counterintuitive to a lot of people, but the drier we get, the more vulnerable we become to flooding and a whole list of other damages,” Waggonner said. “We need to consider water as our friend.”

Accepting new ideas

To the surprise of many, a city often best known for resisting change is beginning to wrap its arms around the new idea that it must embrace water as an ally, rather than fighting it as an enemy. Providing more space for this friend to live inside the levees will help maintain the water table, and that will mean less of it invading homes during heavy rain events.

That acknowledgement began to turn into citizen action in 2012 with the release of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, which was funded by state and federal grants. Developed by Waggonner’s firm in collaboration with water management experts from the Netherlands and around the world, the document presents a $9 billion plan for how the Crescent City can turn its age-old enemy into a friend by raising the water table to help reduce subsidence.

It proposes doing that not only by keeping water inside the levees, but actually by showing it off.

The 82 miles of open drainage canals that form concrete scars across the cityscape when empty would become manicured bayous lined with recreation paths and holding water all year long. Empty lots left by Katrina that now collect only weeds and debris would become rain gardens — temporary reservoirs that can reduce the speed and amount of water rushing toward the pumps during heavy downpours.

But the change would be more than skin-deep. Streets and parking lots would be surfaced with materials that allow water to seep into the soils below. Homes and buildings would have rain barrels that trap runoff from roof gutters, then let it out slowly over time. New developments would need to have stormwater management plans to account for their impacts on the system.

Another Amsterdam?

All of those features would be linked to the overriding goal of maintaining the critical element in fighting subsidence: the water table. A system of water table monitors would be established across the area, giving officials the ability to determine how much water can be held during each rain event.

New Orleans might join cities such as Galveston, Texas, which created a “subsidence district” to regulate activities that could affect its sinking land.

Advocates of the plan say New Orleans could become the Amsterdam of North America — a city living with water, not against it. Indeed, the plan makes such economic and engineering sense that even traditional opponents of dramatic change, like government agencies and the business community, have signed on.

Yet all agree this won’t be easy, and it won’t happen quickly.

There’s the big problem of finding $9 billion.

Also, the goal of replumbing the metropolitan area to raise the water table while ensuring homes remain dry isn’t just a huge engineering challenge. It also will try the confidence of residents.

“We’re all for green infrastructure and the (water) plan, and we’re trying to implement this as we move forward wherever we can,” said Joe Becker, general superintendent of the city’s Sewerage Water Board. “But we’re talking about a really difficult juggling act — keeping enough water in to meet those goals, but making sure we don’t have flooding.

“I can tell you this: I’ve never had anyone call to complain that the streets drained too quickly.”

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Since it is on my way to and from work, I have faithfully observed the extensive renovation project at Lexington Elementary School. The construction wreaked havoc on the “little kids’ side” of the old playground, where we used to cheer our daughter and granddaughter on at field day events and quite often brought them to play after work.

Last week, as I scurried home from the office, the old playground seemed to have returned. The mounds of dirt and machines were completely gone. I thought how nice it must be for the teachers and kids to have their playground back, but, then, it hit me. Where were the big slides, the monkey bars and the double tire swings?

I supposed in this age of litigation, the “big” slides were just too great a liability, and those monkey bars, which our kids had thought ever so much fun to sit “high up on” were deemed just too dangerous, but did the see-saw and jungle gym have to go, too? No wonder so many kids like the blinking video games; our playgrounds are boring!

Of course, I, too, enjoy organized group sports or activities, where kids try to beat the competition, win a trophy or please a coach or parent, but, according to the experts, free play – which is purely intrinsically motivated – is even better. Child’s play means exploring, pretending, building and learning. There is no anxiety attached.

Instead of worrying about all the dangerous places our children could play — or even worse, if they don’t play at all — why not go and play together?

Luckily, I can help with that, too. I consulted the experts at Disney.They know how to play, and, nowadays, they offer a whole lot more than fun amusement park destinations. In fact, Disney has an impressive list of guided adventures created just for families. These tours explore every corner of our world — Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and North America – and deliver the magic and authenticity you would expect.

Here are a few examples of the amazing Disney adventures. Whether you are parents or grandparents, I think you would agree these trips will show our kids what a great playground this world can be!

PS.FRT7.187THHead into the great “wide open wild, wild West” and bask in the beauty of Wyoming. Whether you travel on horseback, whitewater raft or on foot, this vacation — which includes Yellowstone National Park — will put you in touch with your inner outdoor self as you raft the Snake River, watch for eagles, hike to an 80-foot waterfall, see the explosive power of Old Faithful, stay at a dude ranch, and learn to rope and ride from a real cowboy. This rip roarin’ adventure is in one of America’s best playgrounds.

PS.FRT7.187THDiscover one of the seven wonders of the natural world as you hike the trails of the Grand Canyon, including Arches National Park where landforms, unlike any in the world, can be seen. Take a raft trip on the might Colorado River and enjoy the stories and spirit of the Old West as you travel in Arizona and Utah. Not only will you enjoy a Navajo-guided tour in Monument Valley, but there’s a cook-out with a real cowboy to complete the day.

PS.FRT7.187THIf sleeping out under the stars in the West is not your idea of an adventure, then get ready for your close up as you experience the sights of Old Hollywood on a southern California vacation that includes a rare behind-the-magic private tour of the Walt Disney Studios. You’ll also find yourself in the middle of the magic as you head to the Happiest Place on Earth for fun-filled days and nights at the Disneyland Resort where a 2-day VIP pass and reserved parade seating awaits. Not only do you visit the apartment of Mr. Walt Disney, but you have a very special visit with the Imagineers — the architects, designers and technicians who create the magic at Disney theme parks and resorts!

PS.FRT7.187THThey call it the “City that Never Sleeps” and you just might totally agree if you sign up for this long week-end trip to New York City. You will experience “The Ride,” visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, enjoy VIP access to “Good Morning America” studio, take a walking tour of Harlem, eat at the Tenement Museum and Ellen’s Stardust Diner, go behind the scenes of the New Amsterdam Theater, attend a Broadway Dance Workshop and see a Broadway play.

Isn’t it cool to see what’s waiting for you — out there — if you will only take the time to go play? There is no limit to the possibilities, so just ask us to make it happen! The playgrounds have changed. It is time for us to step up and engage our kids, to awe them with the real world

Dianne Newcomer is a travel consultant at Monroe Travel Service, 1908 Glenmar St., Monroe. She can be reached at 323-3465 or

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The atmosphere is heating up in the Netherlands, as a court appeal has created a divide in the Dutch bitcoin community. At stake: the legal status of bitcoin.

The Dutch bitcoin community is in a state of disarray. Over the past couple of months, two of the three board members of the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation have stepped down as an indirect result of communal discord. Simultaneously, one of the biggest bitcoin related companies operating in the area has antagonized a significant portion of Dutch bitcoin users. Some believe the very future of cryptographic currencies in this European bitcoin hub might be determined by a court appeal in the next couple of months, and the desired outcome has split Dutch bitcoiners into two camps.        

The Court Case

At the heart of this story is a court case which deals with events that occurred almost three years ago. In August of 2012, a user bought 2,750 bitcoins worth €8.05 each for a grand total of €22,137.50 from another user – both of whose identities are not known. The buyer paid up his part of the deal soon after this deal was agreed upon. The seller, however, did not send all 2,750 bitcoins, but instead transferred only 990 of them.

After having urged the seller to transfer the rest of the funds several times in the weeks that followed, this proved to be to no avail: the remaining 1,760 bitcoins were never sent. The buyer therefore disbanded the remainder of the deal two months later, in October of 2012. He then asked the seller to reimburse him with the rest of the money that he had paid him instead, which added up to €14,168. But once again, the seller ignored all attempts to close the deal.

As a result, the buyer saw no other option than to take the case to court. The seller was summoned almost a year after the original trade should have taken place, in June of 2013. But by now, of course, the bitcoin exchange rate had skyrocketed to almost €70, a rise of more than 800%. Consequently – and this is the core of the controversy – the buyer did not only demand to be paid back the €14,168 that was defrauded from him, but also wanted the profit he would have made if he had gotten all of the bitcoins within a reasonable time. On top of the original €14,168, he asked for an additional compensation of a whopping €132,792.

As it turns out, the legitimacy of the claim might in part depend on the legal status of bitcoin. According to civil law in the Netherlands, if the seller is indebted to the buyer in something that is regarded as money, then the seller will have to cough up the exact amount of money in whichever currency the debt is stated. So if bitcoin is money legally regarded as a currency, as the buyer claims, he has a right to 1,760 bitcoins, or the equivalent in euros (€132,792 currently).

The judge however, disagreed. Not only was the debt not stated in bitcoin anymore, as the deal was officially canceled in October of 2012, but — more importantly for this story — he also decided that bitcoin is not money under Dutch civil law. The judge did, however, rule that the rise in exchange rate up until the official cancellation of the deal in October of 2012 should be included in the reimbursement. This was one euro per bitcoin, hence adding €1,760 to the original amount of €14,168 for a total of €15,928. The claim to an additional €132,792 was denied.

The Appeal

When the news of the court case first broke, the majority of the Dutch bitcoin community didn’t make a big fuss of it. Apart from a couple of articles in – mainly tech and bitcoin related media outlets, the trial as well as the verdict didn’t seem to have had much of an impact one way or the other, at least on the surface.

But this changed in September of 2014. On September 3, at the monthly Bitcoin Wednesday meetup in Amsterdam, the Dutch bitcoin brokerage Bitonic supported by the buyer, his law firm Solv, and the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation (which included Bitonic CEO Jouke Hofman as one of three board members) announced a plan to appeal the verdict. They wanted to take the case to a higher court in order to prove for once and for all that bitcoin is in fact money, and should be regarded as such under civil law.

Bitonic CEO Jouke Hofman

In a statement, Hofman said:

“We believe that the decision is based on an incorrect interpretation of the law. Because of this, we feel that the resulting classification of bitcoin may not last. We experience the resulting uncertainty as a restraining force not only in the progress of our business, but also in our contacts with, for example, customers, business partners and governments. Furthermore, as a secondary reason, we feel that bitcoin can benefit from a classification as money.”

In order to take the case to a higher court, money was needed to cover Solv’s expenses, as well as the appeal itself. Therefore, Bitonic launched the “Bitcoin is Money” (“Bitcoin is Geld”) initiative and corresponding website, which included a crowdfunding campaign. €5,000 was paid up front by Bitonic themselves, while they hoped to collect another €10,000 from the Dutch bitcoin community. With the help from two major partners, mining specialist BudAds and Lighthouse funder Olivier Janssens, and dozens of individual contributions, the goal was reached within a week.

The Discord

Not everyone was happy about the initiative, however. Even during the very first public announcement of the “Bitcoin is Money” project at the Bitcoin Wednesday meetup, some of the attendees vocally objected to the plan, which was met with an expressive round of applause from a segment of the audience. And during the month that followed, these objections grew wider and louder with the emergence of a series of debates on message boards, podcasts, op-eds, and at meetups.

Many of the critics oppose the bitcoin is money initiative because – quite frankly – they like the fact that bitcoin is not regarded as money. More specifically, many like the fact that the Dutch bitcoin ecosystem is relatively unregulated; they believe that this is the best way to provide for a business friendly climate that is welcoming to companies, and fit for innovation. If bitcoin would be regarded as money under civil law, they fear this could go hand in hand with an increase in regulations, and a higher barrier of entry for bitcoin related businesses.

Some even go so far as to claim that this is an important reason why Bitonic wants bitcoin regulated as money in the first place. As one of the biggest – if not the biggest – bitcoin related businesses in the country, Bitonic has been working to establish a regulated bitcoin exchange in the Netherlands for over a year. As a unique selling point, Bitonic wants this exchange to be fully licensed to hold customers’ money. Bitonic has therefore submitted a request for a payment service provider license at the Dutch central bank – but has been waiting for approval ever since. If bitcoin gets to be regulated as money in the Netherlands, these critics say, Bitonic might not only have their application approved more easily, but the high level of entry could shut the door for their competition at the same time.

As a critical part of the Dutch bitcoin community grew increasingly angry, many targeted their dismay at Bitonic, the initiators of the appeal. Others aimed their chagrin towards Hofman specifically, because of his double role as both Bitonic CEO and board member of the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation. Others were displeased with the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation itself, since their involvement suggested that the higher appeal was filed on behalf of the Dutch bitcoin community as a whole – which it was clearly not.

Bitcoin Wednesday Amsterdam meetup

The Split

Two weeks after the launch of the initiative, the split in the Dutch bitcoin community became apparent. First, Hofman admitted he felt a conflict of interest by serving on the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation’s board, and submitted his resignation. As another two weeks passed, he was followed by another board member in favor of the ‘bitcoin is money’ initiative, Carl Kuntze, although Kuntze did not formally acknowledge whether the ‘bitcoin is money’ initiative itself had anything to do with his decision.

As such, the only board member who was opposed to the ‘bitcoin is money’ initiative, Bitcoin Wednesday organizer Richard Kohl, remained on the board. He was quickly joined by Alwin de Romijn and Robbie Hontelé, who were both strongly opposed to the initiative as well. As such, the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation has now officially disavowed any association with the initiative via a blog post on the website of Bitcoin Wednesday, stating: “Bitcoin is much more than money. The financial applications of decentralized Blockchain technology are only the tip of the iceberg.”

Bitonic, however, will push forward with its efforts, and has officially submitted the appeal several weeks ago. Hofman said that while “satisfying everyone is our aim, but we are aware of the fact that this is not always possible.”

As an active member of the Dutch Bitcoin community, the author has helped organize some of the Bitcoin Wednesday meetups in the past, and had a referral program with Bitonic on his Dutch Bitcoin news site Coincourant, although this never earned him more than a couple of bucks. He has also organized a debate on the ‘bitcoin is money’ initiative, and is an outspoken critic of the initiative himself.

Note: The author reached out to the Dutch Bitcoin Foundation for an additional comment. While he did receive an answer, this answer was too long to publish as a quote in this story, and the foundation did not agree with the attempt the author made to edit or rephrase the answer, nor was the foundation willing or able to provide a significantly shorter answer.

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Betsie Andrews, director of the performing arts center ArtisTree, was selected by the American Tap Foundation in New York City to be one of 20 dance educators from around the world to receive the charter ATDF certificate in rhythm tap technique, Copasetic Canon repertory, pedagogy, music concepts, tap composition, improvisation and tap history.

Three sessions of intense learning and dancing were held from July 2014 through mid-February 2015. All sessions were facilitated and mentored by world-renowned tap dancers and master teachers: Margaret Morrison, Barbara Duffy, Thelma Goldberg, Toni Noblett, Susan Hebach, Tony Waag and Brenda Bufalino.

Andrews successfully completed all sessions and received her certificate on Feb. 16.

Dr. Christine Fisher at Hays Medical Center implanted the first leadless defibrillator in western Kansas. The Boston Scientific S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator) provides protection from sudden cardiac arrest while leaving the heart untouched.

This system continuously monitors the heart’s activity and delivers a shock in a life-threatening situation. Many types of patients can benefit from the S-ICD, including young patients with life-threatening heart rhythm problems and patients with vascular access problems, such as those on dialysis. In most cases, S-ICD patients go home the same day with no lifting restrictions.

Dr. Fisher has practiced cardiology in Hays for nearly 18 years.

Beth Pisano recently joined the Community Foundation staff as an accounting assistant.

Pisano joins the foundation with 15 years of accounting experience. A graduate of Hutchinson Community College, with an Associates in Accounting, she is currently completing her business degree at Wichita State University.

Pisano is a member of Soroptomist International, The Volunteer Center advisory board and Morton Credit Union supervisory committee, and she processes tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Pisano and her family are lifelong residents of Reno County.

Shannon Holmberg joined First National Bank of Hutchinson as officer, personal trust services in the First Wealth Management department.

Prior to joining The First, Holmberg was an attorney for Gilliland Hayes, LLC. A native of Larned, she earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Fort Hays State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Holmberg and her family reside in Hutchinson, where she is active in her children’s events. She currently serves on the Wesley Towers Inc. Board of Directors and is a member of Young Professionals of Reno County. Holmberg is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the Reno County Bar Association, where she previously served as treasurer.

RE/MAX Royal real estate agency in Hutchinson recently honored five agents at a regional RE/MAX awards ceremony held Feb. 20 in Overland Park:

Chad Harris, broker/owner and agent, was recognized for being 8th for individual sales in the state of Kansas. He was the No. 1 selling agent by sales volume in the Hutchinson MLS in 2014, bringing in approximately $9.3 million in real estate sales for the year. Harris won the Platinum Club Award for his sales production.

Lucas Soltow, self-branded as “The Social Agent,” received the 100% Club Award after generating $4.5 million in real estate sales in 2014. Soltow ranked as the No. 1 Buyer’s Agent in the Hutchinson market in 2014, based on the number of transactions he did.

Lyle Goertzen received the Executive Club Award, as well as the Cooperative Spirit Award. Goertzen generated more than $1.5 million in sales in his first full year with RE/MAX Royal.

Jeremy McDowell received the Executive Club Award after generating more than $2 million in his first full year at RE/MAX Royal.

Art Noll received the Executive Club Award. He sold more than $1.5 million in real estate in 2014.

LINDSBORG – Randy Berry, a 1987 graduate and member of the Bethany College board of directors, was named as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Berry has recently served as a senior Foreign Service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam.

According to Kerry, the goal of the newly established position is to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, and build capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons.

The Special Envoy will work with governments, civil society and the private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

Ryan Patton has been promoted to the position of Corrections Manager II at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, effective today.

Patton first started with the facility in April 2003 as a Corrections Officer and was promoted to the position of Sergeant in November 2006. He was then promoted to the position of Corrections Counselor I in February 2008, promoted to Corrections Counselor II in October 2011, and promoted to his current position of Unit Team Manager in February 2013.

Patton is a graduate of The Christian Academy and holds his Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Hutchinson Community College. He continues his education with Rasmussen College, in the field of Finance.

Marlow Ediger, professor emeritus of education at Truman State University, received notice that his co-authored supplementary textbook titled “Essays on School Issues” was published by Discovery Publishing House.

A native of Inman and a resident of Newton, Ediger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University and his doctorate from the University of Denver.

GREAT BEND – As one of only a few orthopedic surgeons between Kansas City and Denver who perform specialized spine techniques, Vivek Sharma, M.D., treats a wide range of back-related conditions.

Dr. Sharma recently started a monthly clinic at the Great Bend Healthcare Center, 1400 Polk. When the new St. Rose Health Center opens, his office will be in the St. Rose Specialty Clinic.

His home base is Hays Medical Center, which co-owns St. Rose with Centura Health. Dr. Sharma has been trained in minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery.

MIS benefits include: a small incision; preservation of muscle tissue; less blood loss; fewer blood transfusions; shorter hospital stays; less post-operative pain; faster recovery; and lower infection rate.

Dr. Sharma has performed the surgery on patients ranging in age from 16 to 102. Of the more than 500 procedures he has performed in five years at HaysMed, 90 percent involved MIS.

Dr. Sharma earned his medical degree and performed his rotating internship and residency at G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital at the University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India. His orthopedic residency was at the same university.

The Trust Company of Kansas (TCK) is pleased to announce the addition of Amy Gilbert, Trust Administrator. She joins the TCK – Hutchinson office as an assistant to Michael Smith, senior vice president and trust officer.

Gilbert holds a B.S. in business administration from Emporia State University. She enjoys reading, church activities and spending time with her family.

HESSTON – André Swartley, English as a Second Language program director at Hesston College, presented at the After JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) conference Feb. 9 and 10 in Chiba, Japan.

JET is an 18-month teaching fellowship through the Japanese government, where native speakers of other languages, especially English, teach in Japanese public schools. The After JET conference seeks to expose JET teachers in their last year to options in education after their term expires. This year, the conference hosted about 450 attendees. Swartley was an assistant language teacher in the JET program from 2012 to 2014, preceding his work at Hesston College.

Swartley’s presentation focused on paths of study that could lead to various teaching careers in English-speaking countries. Covering areas including teaching certification, teaching fellowships and non-teaching education jobs, Swartley outlined career options and how assistant language teachers can pursue them.

In addition to presenting, Swartley, who is also an editor and fiction author, provided one-on-one consultations to conference attendees who wished to discuss careers in education, writing or publishing.

Swartley is the author of “The Island of Misfit Toys,” “Americanus Rex” and “Leon Martin and the Fantasy Girl.” His fourth novel will be released in October.

GARDEN CITY – Nurses and nurse aides at St. Catherine Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation to recognize the unbelievable efforts nurses perform every day.

Recently, Kim Dewey, RN on the surgical floor, was nominated by one of her patients and again by a family member of a patient. The family’s nomination tells the story of the “cheerful” and “conscientious” care and compassion that Dewey provided while their loved one was hospitalized.

TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced recent area appointments to boards and commissions:

Allen Schmidt, Hays, was appointed to a four-year term on the State Civil Service Board. Schmidt received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University, and a second master’s degree from the United States Army War College. He served as the first president of the Kansas Dairy Association, represented the 36th Senate District from 2011 to 2013, and spent 32 years as an officer in the Army Medical Service Corps.

The Civil Service Board hears appeals from classified state employees with permanent status under the Kansas Civil Service Act, as well as applicants for classified positions who are entitled by law and regulation to appeal to the Board.

James Jarboe Jr., Lakin, and Amy Mellor, Great Bend, were appointed to serve four-year terms on the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training board.

Jarboe earned his associate’s degree from Garden City Community College. He is Sheriff of Kearny County and Chief of Police in both Lakin and Deerfield.

Mellor received her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. She is currently the assistant county attorney in Barton County.

The 12-member Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training oversees law enforcement officers in Kansas. They may suspend, revoke or deny the certification of a police or law enforcement officer, and they also provide accredited instruction to officers.

Don Evans, Harper, was appointed to a four-year term on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention board. Evans is the deputy sergeant for Harper County.

This board determines, advocates for, and promotes the best interests of juveniles in Kansas. The members review juvenile justice policy, advise policymakers on issues affecting the juvenile justice system, and strive to keep Kansas in compliance with the federal JJDPA Act.

Steve Behrendt recently joined My Support Agent, LLC (MSA) as an IT Support Specialist II. Behrendt has over 40 years of IT support experience and has spent the last 30 years as an IT Support Specialist for a medical and agricultural software development company in Hutchinson.

Linda Korb, Director of Marketing at My Support Agent, LLC (MSA) achieved status as an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Adobe Muse software. Adobe Muse is a website design/development software that allows a fluid and dynamic designing process without the need for time-consuming coding. Korb is currently the only ACE listed in the Adobe ACE database for the state of Kansas.

ELLINWOOD – At its 119th annual meeting, the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), honored retiring Director Joseph “Joe” Wirtz and elected Jim Harris as the new Director to the Board.

Wirtz, a lifetime resident and farmer near Ellinwood in Barton County, has been on the FMI board since 1979, with over 36 years of service to the company. FMI is making a donation in Wirtz’s honor to St. Joseph’s School, Ellinwood, for technology improvement and advancement.

Harris is a former Ellinwood resident and graduated from Ellinwood High School as valedictorian in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Emporia State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Harris has been a business professional for 43 years as an accountant and business owner/leader throughout the country. Currently and since 1995, he has worked with Med James Inc., an insurance wholesaler and managing general agent in Overland Park. Currently, his position is Senior VP, CFO and Treasurer of Med James Inc. and he is CFO, director, secretary and treasurer for Key Insurance Company (an affiliate of Med James Inc.).

GREAT BEND – During its 93rd annual meeting and banquet, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Economic Development recognized Nels Lindberg as its 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.

The award was launched in 2013 as a joint project of the chamber board and Barton County Young Professionals Group to recognize up-and-coming leaders for their volunteer service.

Lindberg was raised in Lewis, where he graduated from high school before attending Fort Hays State University and performing in the university choir. After earning his undergraduate degree, he attended Kansas State University and then graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Lindberg is not only the owner of Animal Medical Center, but also owns a company called Progressive Beef Consulting Research, as well as being a partner in other small businesses such as Superior Self Storage, Production Animal Consultation, and VET Properties. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed publications and is asked to speak all over the country at veterinary conferences and training events.

Lindberg serves on the Board of Directors for the Leonardville State Bank, Peoples State Bank, Bayer Animal Health, Norbrook Manufacturing, Novartis Animal Health and Elanco Animal Health. He is also active at First Christian Church, serving as the Chairman of the Board and sitting on several committees. As an Eagle Scout, he mentors his son in the Boy Scouts program.

Lindberg held a seat on the Great Bend City Council for a two-year term, only stepping down to focus more on his volunteer service and entrepreneurial endeavors. He is a sponsor and active member of the Barton County Young Professionals program.

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