Communities of Excellence: McCook On The Move

About Communities of Excellence 2026                                                              

Communities of Excellence 2026 (COE 2026) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts a national learning collaborative of communities across the country, trains communities in the Baldrige-based Communities of Excellence Framework, and provides opportunities for communities to work together, share successes, challenges, ideas and best practices, and learn from each other on their performance excellence journey. 
Visit https://communitiesofexcellence2026.org to learn more about the National Learning Collaborative: A Systematic Approach to Excellence in Communities: Using a Baldrige-based Framework to Lead Transformation.

COE 2026- McCook, NE 

Mission: Enhancing the quality of life for our residents by collaborating to focus on education, family, economic vitality and health. 

Vision: Moving toward excellence by evaluating and improving the quality of life in our community: McCook on the MOVE.


  • Momentum- We are working together to encourage communication between organizations in McCook to foster teamwork and move forward on similar initiatives and goals.
  • Opportunities- We are creating the space for transition among leaders and using our assets to meet current needs, while ensuring that adequate resources are available for entrepreneurs and future generations.
  • Visionary- We value the input and ideas of each resident, organization and consumer in our region and are determined to give each person a voice in community improvement. 
  • Excellence- We are constantly seeking ways to identify areas for improvement in order to provide the highest quality of life for our residents, jobs for the region and retail for consumers.

Communities of Excellence Bronze Award: 


McCook on the Move members are excited to be awarded the Communities of Excellence Bronze recognition for strides made to enhance the quality of life for its residents. Baleigh Abbott, Community Hospital’s Outreach Coordinator received the award last week at the COE Fall Conference in Wisconsin.

The hospital’s role as a backbone organization for COE, newly named McCook on the Move, has been to bring together community leaders, residents, and customers to create a collaborative community that focuses on four pillars: Family, Health, Education, and Economic Vitality.

The goal of the national COE program is to assist and support communities as they implement the Community Performance Excellence Framework to enable communities and their residents to achieve better health outcomes, higher education attainment, and economic growth.

Community Highlights:

Pickleball Courts:                                                                            Story Walk: