Geneva, Neb. (pop. 2,217), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in September 2007, and recertified in September 2010 and October 2015.
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 indicates that Geneva is prepared for business growth and ready to meet the needs of companies seeking new business and industrial locations.
“Geneva has implemented an aggressive approach to building and growing the community,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Annette Wiles. “It is evident in the solid, well-rounded mix of business growth and expansion projects, housing projects and more.”
“It is with great pride and excitement that Geneva is recertified as an economic development certified community,” said Mayor Rodney Norrie. “As I enter my fourth mayoral term, I have seen many positive achievements by the City thanks in part to being a Certified Community. We continue to offer a very healthy business environment and attractive community in which to live, work and play. We couldn’t do that without a strong economic development plan and people to implement it.”
“The City of Geneva has benefited from being a Certified Community over the past five years in some very direct and indirect ways,” said City Administrator Kyle Svec. “Being certified has been instrumental in allowing us to improve our community through various economic development programs, which in turn boosts the local economy. That, in turn, has a reciprocal effect on everything the city does from infrastructure improvements to bettering our park and recreational system, library and emergency services—and at the end of the day—a better quality of life for our citizens.”
“The Fillmore County Development Corporation (FCDC) focuses on local business expansion and business attraction, regardless of size or scope,” said Megan Williams, Fillmore County Development Corporation Board Chairman. “Geneva being an Economic Development Certified Community will continue to support FCDC’s vision to achieve the most dynamic business climate in Fillmore County by pursing all avenues of growth for new and existing businesses, maximizing employment opportunities, increasing the tax base and improving the quality of life for its citizens.”
During the past five years the City of Geneva and the FCDC have helped 25 new businesses locate in the community, resulting in 64 new jobs; helped 12 existing businesses expand, resulting in new capital investment and 51 new jobs; and sold seven lots in the FCDC Industrial Park, resulting in 14 new jobs.
Business accomplishments during the past five years include:
Community accomplishments during the past five years include:
DED Business Development Consultant Deb Eggleston attended the November 16 city council meeting to recognize the City’s efforts.
Contact Lynn Kohout at 402-440-2559, or firstname.lastname@example.org ,or visit http://staging.neded.org/economic-development-certified-community for additional information on the Economic Development Certified Community Program.