The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced the latest recipients under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program’s Downtown Revitalization funding opportunity.

Five communities have been selected to receive a portion of the $2,175,000 available for award.

A federal Department of Housing and Urban Development program administered by DED on behalf of the State of Nebraska, CDBG helps communities tackle an array of projects that enhance local well-being and quality of life.

Projects supported under the DTR opportunity are designed to spark economic vitality and address national program objectives — such as preventing or eliminating slum and blight conditions and benefitting vulnerable groups like the elderly, persons with disabilities and persons of low-to-moderate income.

“Downtown revitalization can have an incredible impact in a community — one much greater than the sum of its parts,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “We congratulate each of these recipients, while commending their dedication to the kind of vibrant place-making that encourages the attraction and retention of businesses and resident alike.”

Project descriptions related to this announcement are provided below.

To learn more about funding opportunities available to Nebraska communities under the CDBG program, including Downtown Revitalization, visit, or contact Steve Charleston at or 402-471-3757.

  • The City of Arapahoe ($435,000) will implement a sidewalk improvement project that involves four blocks of replacement and the construction of several key safety/ADA accessibility features, including crosswalks, bump-outs and detectable warning panels.
  • The City of Beatrice ($435,000) will implement Phase IV of a downtown revitalization program that involves the prevention/elimination of slum and blight by rehabilitating several commercial storefronts and ensuring compliance with fire and building codes.
  • The City of Hastings ($435,000) will revitalize portions of the downtown Business Improvement District by rehabilitating several publicly or privately owned commercial/industrial properties.
  • The City of Seward ($435,000) will continue a revitalization plan that is addressing slum and blight conditions within the historic downtown district. Planned activities include commercial façade improvements and repairs related to code, infrastructure and ADA accessibility.
  • The City of York ($435,000) will implement a commercial rehabilitation project within the downtown district. Activities will include façade improvements such as window replacement, brick/masonry repairs and exterior structural repairs.