Columbus, Neb. is recertified until October 2019

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Columbus, Neb. is recertified until October 2019

Columbus, Neb. (pop. 22,533), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in May 2009 and just recertified this past October.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).  Designation as a Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community sets Columbus apart from others as community that has the leadership and commitment necessary to successfully complete for new jobs and new investment in today’s competitive environment.

“The city of Columbus is very proud to have been recertified by the Nebraska Diplomats in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program,” said Michael L. Moser, Columbus mayor. “This recertification is a living testimony of the community’s efforts, both in the private and public sectors, to growing our opportunities and sustainability as a place where employers wish to locate and great jobs can be obtained. The recent partnerships formed for projects to improve the quality of life for our area residents are continuing examples of our efforts to collaborate and make Columbus the great place it is to call home.”

“The city of Columbus is very proud to have been recertified by the Nebraska Diplomats in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program,” said Michael L. Moser, Columbus mayor. “This recertification is a living testimony of the community’s efforts, both in the private and public sectors, to growing our opportunities and sustainability as a place where employers wish to locate and great jobs can be obtained. The recent partnerships formed for projects to improve the quality of life for our area residents are continuing examples of our efforts to collaborate and make Columbus the great place it is to call home.”

“Columbus serves as a barometer of economic development excellence,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Dan Shundoff. “If things are progressing wonderfully well there, then you can expect this to serve as a great indicator that other Nebraska communities need to follow suit.”

Known as the “City of Power and Progress,” Columbus stands out in many different categories.

CNNMoney.com named it one of the top 100 “Best Small Towns” in America.

Recent accomplishments for the City of Columbus include:

The city has used two New Neighborhood Initiative grants awarded by DED, through its New Neighborhoods Initiative Columbus, to establish 61 lots for residential development.

A Community Development Block Grant, awarded by DED, went toward improving the facades of 25 businesses.

Tax Increment Financing helped Columbus attract Slumberland Furniture and Hobby Lobby, and upgrade the Ramada-Columbus and River’s Edge Convention Center.

A partnership between Columbus Community Hospital and the Columbus Family YMCA led to the construction of a community recreational wellness and rehabilitation center. Additionally a new $7 million East Central District Health Department building is being constructed near Columbus Community Hospital.

Construction began in 2014 on a new $49.9 million high school that will feature expanded space for a STEM academy, a 750-plus seat auditorium, two gymnasiums, and weight and fitness rooms.

A 13,225-sq.-ft. CVS/pharmacy is being constructed.

Finally during the past five years (2010-2014) seven new manufacturers have moved into Columbus and created 308 new jobs.

“The city recertification is good for Columbus and Platte County working with DED to grow our community,” said Neal Suess, Columbus Economic Council co-chair. “Columbus is blessed with excellent community leadership and cooperation from the City, Platte County, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Columbus Economic Council.”

Dacia Kruse, DED acting director, was on hand at the December 1 city council meeting to recognize Mayor Moser, members of the city council, chamber of commerce, and economic council for their continued involvement in the Economic Development Certified Community program.

Contact Lynn Kohout at lynn.kohout@nebraska.gov or 402-440-2599 or visit http://staging.neded.org/economic-development-certified-community for additional information on the Economic Development Certified Community Program.

CONTACT Kate Ellingson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3749 or kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov