April 21, 2021

Developing Youth Talent Initiative Grant Reminder and Program Update

This serves as a reminder that applications for Nebraska’s Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) grant program are due on May 16, 2021. Gov. Ricketts launched DYTI in 2015 to unite the public and private sectors around inspiring young Nebraskans to explore careers in manufacturing, information technology and other industries where […]
April 16, 2021

Spreading “Positive Havoc”: Service Provider Cuts the Ribbon on High-Speed Broadband Internet in Macy, Thurston County

It felt like the start of something bigger as residents, Tribal representatives and project leaders gathered in Macy yesterday to cut the ribbon on the area’s first high-speed broadband internet connection, made possible by a grant from the State of Nebraska under the CARES-funded Remote Access Rural Broadband grant program.
April 15, 2021
Governor Pete Ricketts tours a Rural Workforce Housing Fund project in Hastings.

Gov. Ricketts, Dept. of Economic Development Announce Rural Workforce Housing Fund Recipients

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) announced the recipients of $9,126,500 in grants under the 2020 round of Nebraska’s Rural Workforce Housing Fund (RWHF). Created by the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Ricketts in 2017, the RWHF is designed to help communities increase their supply of quality, affordable housing to accommodate a growing workforce.
April 14, 2021
L-R (Back Row): Mark McCoy, Laurel City Administrator; Chad Johnson, City Councilman; Christine Rasmussen, Economic Development Coordinator; Mark Koch, City Council President. (Front Row): Justin Eriksen, City Councilman; Jeff Erwin, City Councilman; Lt. Gov Mike Foley; Mayor Keith Knudsen; Vikki Carlson, Laurel City Clerk.

City of Laurel Invests in Downtown Revitalization to Enhance New, Existing Businesses

Collaborative efforts to build downtown revitalization and business sustainability in the city of Laurel, Neb. (pop. 1,111) have earned ongoing recognition from the Department of Economic Development (DED). This week, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley honored local leaders for Laurel’s continued membership in Nebraska’s Economic Development Certified Community (EDCC) program. DED’s Northeast Nebraska Business Development Consultant Lyndsy Jenness joined the Lt. Gov. for a special presentation to the community on Monday, April 12.