Plattsmouth, Neb. earns recertification

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Plattsmouth, Neb. earns recertification

Plattsmouth, Neb. (pop. 6,502), which was first certified in September 2009 has been recertified by the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program.

Plattsmouth, Neb. (pop. 6,502), which was first certified in September 2009 has been recertified by the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).

Founded in 1854, Plattsmouth is one of Nebraska’s oldest cities with a rich history and culture. It also is a city with its sights set toward the future.

“As the mayor of Plattsmouth, I am truly proud of the city’s work during the last five years,” said Mayor Michael Bowman. “Our community’s recertification as an ECDD community validates our efforts. The city of Plattsmouth looks forward to working with Cass County Nebraska Economic Development and DED in the years ahead.”

“Plattsmouth has a tremendous mixture of history, culture and a determination forged in full speed ahead toward future excellence,” said Nebraska Diplomats Dan Shundoff. “It will be enjoyable to watch how they grow and progress through the next five years and beyond.”

Accomplishments include: A vibrant and ongoing local Business Retention and Expansion program that has helped local businesses grow and thrive.

New Age Manufacturing and Vireo Resources are two examples. Both companies used local and state economic development assistance and incentives, and as a result, both have grown from small start-ups to companies undergoing several expansions.

A DED award of $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the City (matched with local funding), to complete a $4.2 million major downtown revitalization project that included sanitary and storm sewer separation, replacement of 1800-era water mains, installation of ornamental, energy-efficient street lighting, new sidewalks, landscaping, and an outdoor entertainment plaza.

A DED award of $224,868 in CDBG funds to Plattsmouth in 2012 to rehabilitate owner-occupied housing units in the community.

A DED award of $250,000 in CDBG funds in July 2014 to the City to repair paved streets, replace water mains, and improve drainage.

Use of the City’s LB840 Local Option Sales Tax along with other local and state resources to purchase land and create FourMile Industrial Park; to build a $6 million Senior and Community Centre; and to invest $1.7 million in a fire station addition.

Being named the Governor’s Showcase Community, and the Nebraska Diplomats Outstanding Community of the Year in 2011.

“We are open for business and are working to prepare our infrastructure and human capital to meet the needs of Plattsmouth and this growing region,” said Lisa A. Scheve, executive director, Cass County Nebraska Economic Development. “We Don’t Coast in Plattsmouth. We build. Plattsmouth has laid out a great foundation to build upon, to keep momentum up and to move forward.”

Contact Lynn Kohout at lynn.kohout@nebraska.gov or 402-440-2598 or visit http://staging.neded.org/economic-development-certified-community for additional information on the Economic Development Certified Community Program.

CONTACT Kate Ellingson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3749 or kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov