This week, Department of Economic Development (DED) officials designated Gretna, Neb. (pop.5,584) as a Leadership Certified Community in the State of Nebraska. DED Business Development Consultant Lynn Kohout recognized city officials on Tuesday, May 17.
Gretna is the 12th community to qualify for DED’s Leadership Certified Community (LCC) Program, created in 2011 to provide a solid framework for communities to identify capacity, stimulate focused planning, and utilize technology to provide a strong foundation to meet the challenges of the future.
Designated communities must demonstrate an understanding for and preparedness in strategic and community planning, as well as a readiness to develop technology and assist new and existing businesses to grow within their community.
Qualifying communities earn designation in the program for five years and are required to keep their community information updated and to maintain their city or village website. Communities that are prepared for growth and are awarded this designation may also receive “bonus points” when applying for grants sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
“The city of Gretna is excited to receive this valued recognition,” said Gretna City Administrator Jeff Kooistra. “The City, MAPA and our development partners worked exceptionally hard to make this certification a reality. Today we thank the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for the recognition and the opportunities this designation affords to our community.”
The city and development partners are continuing efforts on several infrastructure projects to expand the availability of housing, as well as business and industrial opportunities. These include a water main extension on Highway 31 to Interstate 80, a sanitary sewer extension in south Gretna to I-80, and additional water and sewer extensions to 186th Street.
City officials have also welcomed the addition of private developments in the Gretna area, including:
“Public-private partnerships can play an important role in the economic growth of our communities across Nebraska,” said Dan Curran, Director of DED’s Business Development Division. “Gretna’s designation as a Leadership Certified Community has prepared it for new development; and in turn, positioned the area for opportunities in the private sector. This type of teamwork is essential in helping communities grow and thrive.”
For information about the Leadership Certified Community Program, contact Kelly Gewecke at firstname.lastname@example.org , 308-627-3151, or visit http://staging.neded.org/community/community-info/community-improvement/leadership-community