The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is accepting nominations for the 2021 Showcase Community Award. The award will be presented virtually via social media during National Community Development Week. .
The Showcase Community Award recognizes communities that have demonstrated an outstanding ability to identify community development goals and strategies; combine local, state, and federal resources to achieve those goals; and accomplish major projects with positive impacts in the community. Communities are recognized for their achievements completed within the past five years, with major emphasis on the community’s ability to access and effectively harness funds from the Community Development Block Grant program, the HOME Investment Partnership program, and others.
All Nebraska communities are eligible for nomination, with the exception of the Housing and Urban Development identified entitlement communities (Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, Grand Island) and award winners from the previous five years (Beatrice, Central City, Red Cloud, Hastings, and Superior).
This year, submissions will be accepted via Sharefile. Please click the “Nominate Your Community Today!” button below to submit a nomination. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 31, 2021.
Nominations should follow the below format to address the following components:
Describe how community leaders and residents have come together during the past five years to identify community development goals and build the necessary implementation strategies. Your description should include, but is not limited to, a discussion about:
Provide the goals identified by partnerships between the community, local/regional organizations and/or businesses.
Describe the outcome of the community strategic planning process as identified in Parts 1 and 2 above. Your description should address or include the following, as appropriate:
Identify and describe the local, state and federal resources mobilized by the community to achieve development goals as described above. Your description should include, but is not limited to, information about:
Please submit up to eight pieces of supporting documentation, such as newspaper articles and photographs to visually show the success of completed projects.
Nominations must be received by Sunday, January 31, 2021.