Scribner, Neb. (pop. 843), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in July 2009 and just recertified this month.
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 Scribner is prepared for business growth and ready to meet the needs of companies seeking new business and industrial locations.
“For a community our size, being economic development certified is needed for survival. It’s been phenomenal what we’ve been able to get done the last five years and now with recertification, we are much better set for the future,” said Dale Rangeloff, Scribner mayor. “We already have [new] projects on the horizon with the Horton Street project, a new water well going in, along with a water treatment plant.”
“The city has received a gift that will bring new life to the community. These are exciting times ahead for Scribner and the certification process has positioned our community well to be able to grow and meet the needs of our current businesses along with new industry,” said Mayor Rangeloff. “We look forward to the accomplishments the next five years will bring us.”
“In the past five years, Scribner has been realizing the benefits of being an economic development certified community,” said Deb Eggleston, Scribner Economic Development. “The program does an excellent job of keeping communities focused, prepared and present.”
Accomplishments in Scribner during the last five years include:
In September, DED awarded Scribner with a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant to help with sidewalk and street repairs and repaving and water main improvements along Horton Street. The city is matching the Department’s investment with $320,000 to complete the project.
A Downtown Revitalization Project completed in 2012 included storefront improvements, handicap accessibility, energy efficiency and parking improvements for 13 businesses; energy efficiency improvements for two additional businesses was possible due to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant; installation of historical street lighting downtown and a highway sign near the entrance to Main Street; and downtown infrastructure improvements to sidewalks, water and sewer lines, and storm drainage.
Scribner also earned the Governor’s Showcase Community Award in 2010.
Finally the community’s LB840 program funded $40,000 in 2013 to purchase new playground equipment for Scribner City Park; $20,000 to remove dilapidated properties in 2012; and $35,000 to repair and repaint the wooden grandstand at Spear Memorial Field, and $12,000 to replace the old city hall roof in 2011.
“Scribner is a community that doesn’t know the meaning of quitting or giving up,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Dan Shundoff. “Through the past five years, It has really given its all to implementing a number of outstanding projects. It will be fun to watch the community as it confidently moves through the next five years.”
Dacia Kruse, DED acting director, was on hand at the November 24 city council meeting to recognize Mayor Rangeloff, and members of Scribner Economic Development for their continued involvement in the Economic Development Certified Community program.
Contact Lynn Kohout at email@example.com or 402-440-2599 or visit http://staging.neded.org/economic-development-certified-community for additional information on the Economic Development Certified Community Program.
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