Hartington, Neb. (pop.1,528), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in April 2010 and recertified in 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 Hartington is prepared for business growth and ready to meet the needs of companies seeking new business and industrial locations.
“It’s exciting to hear about Hartington’s enthusiastic approach to economic development,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Annette Wiles. “I am especially impressed by the influx of new companies and businesses for a community of its size.”
“The designation that Hartington received five years ago has really opened the door to improving our community,” said Hartington Mayor Brad Peitz. “Not only does the process help us focus more on community and economic development planning, but allows us to be better prepared when applying for grants and using other resources. This process is a great tool in helping any community to be proactive in preparing for future growth.”
“We are very excited that Hartington has been recertified in the Nebraska Diplomats program,” said Chris Miller, Hartington Community Development Corporation President. “Having this designation during the past five years has helped place us in an excellent position to secure many different grants and projects, and has definitely encouraged our local businesses to expand. We have also been fortunate to secure new business start-ups along with many business expansions in the community. We are pleased to once again be an “Economic Development Certified Community.”
“We are excited about all the great accomplishments during the past five years. Our community’s leaders and volunteers are doing a great job in partnering and collaborating on efforts that lead to growth and sustainability,” said Carla Becker, Economic Development Coordinator. “By partnering with economic development organizations, such as DED, we are able to stay at the forefront of community planning and preparedness as we continue to enhance our opportunities and vision of “Hartington— a great place to call home.”
During the last five years the City of Hartington and Hartington Community Development Corporation (HCDC) have helped three manufacturing businesses and eight service- and retail-based businesses locate here resulting in 28 and 18 new jobs, respectively: helped ten existing businesses expand, resulting in new capital investment and six new jobs; and helped further develop an existing industrial park and purchase 15.2 acres for a future park.
Other accomplishments during the past five years include:
DED Business Development Consultant Lynn Kohout, attended the November 9 city council meeting to recognize the efforts of the City. 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.