Gov. Heineman Announces Nearly $240,000 for Nebraska City’s Lied Lodge

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Gov. Heineman Announces Nearly $240,000 for Nebraska City’s Lied Lodge

Governor Dave Heineman has awarded the City of Nebraska City with $238,400 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Tourism Development funding to renovate the Lied Lodge and Conference Center.

Governor Dave Heineman has awarded the City of Nebraska City with $238,400 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Tourism Development funding to renovate the Lied Lodge and Conference Center.

“It is a pleasure to help support one of Nebraska’s premier attractions as an outstanding and inviting architectural facility that draws thousands of tourists and conference attendees from around the world,” said Gov. Heineman.

The Lied Lodge & Conference Center provides a lasting impression for many new and returning regional, national and international visitors traveling to and through Nebraska via Interstate 80 East and Nebraska Highway 2 East-West. Visitors include leaders, decision-makers, educators, policy-makers, corporate sustainability leaders and professional association members attending wide-ranging conference offerings held year-round at the Center.

The Center’s green architectural design and overall operations is in keeping with its ultimate goal to inspire its visitors to return home with newfound enthusiasm for their work and environment, ready to embody the Arbor Day Foundation’s mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Since many conference and meeting groups were being led to choose facilities readily capable of accommodating the needs of all attendees, it became clearly apparent that key renovations would allow the Center to become even more of a premier destination.

Renovations designed to provide barrier-free accessibility for disabled and elderly conference attendees and guests requiring wheelchair access and other accommodations will include a remodel of the lobby restroom and first floor public restroom; installation of automatic exterior front entrance doors at the circle drive, and pool lifts for an Olympic-size indoor pool; north entrance ramp and flatwork; and general renovation of a breakout room and the lobby to accommodate wheelchair accessible check-in options at the front desk and host stand.

These improvements are part of a “once-in-20-year-project” named Lied Lodge Renewal. The interior renovations are part of Phase II that is expected to take place from January-March 2015. Phase I exterior work that was completed included roof repairs, stucco painting and wood siding staining.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development administers the state’s CDBG program. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funds to Nebraska for the CDBG program, which assists with the development of businesses and communities throughout the state.

To access the Lied Lodge & Conference Center website: http://www.liedlodge.org/index.cfm. For information about the Nebraska City project, contact Philip J. Bakken at 402-873-8756 or pbakken@arbordayfarm.org . For information about CDBG Tourism Development funding, contact Steve Charleston at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3757, or steve.charleston@nebraska.gov .

CONTACT
Jen Rae Hein, Gov.’s Ofc., 402-471-1967
Charles Isom, Gov.’s Ofc., 402-471-1970
Kate Ellingson, DED, 800-426-6505