The City of Ord completed a downtown improvement project thanks to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Transportation Enhancement funds. Original planning for the project began in 2002 when the Ord Chamber of Commerce formed a Downtown Revitalization Committee. In July 2003, the city received a $25,000 CDBG planning grant. JEO Consulting Group, Inc., conducted the original downtown improvement study and served as design engineer throughout the project.
A number of downtown business and building owners were involved in a focus group to determine specific issues regarding the downtown area.
The input gathered from these meetings was used to develop the overall streetscape concept for the square, which included:
In May 2006, Ord voters approved a half-cent sales tax to pay for the general obligation portion of the project. In July 2006, the city applied for and received a $250,000 CDBG public works grant from the Department of Economic Development that was used for utility and street improvements. In December 2006, the city was awarded a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant for historic replica lighting. JEO Consulting Group assisted the city with the grant applications.
This project won an award by the Nebraska Concrete Paving Association in 2008 in the category of “Local Projects of less than 30,000 Square Yards”.
On July 6, 2008, the community commemorated the project with its “Downtown ExtraORDinaire” celebration.