State’s economic department recognized with partnership award

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State’s economic department recognized with partnership award

During its annual meeting Thursday, the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District recognized the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) with its Economic Development Partnership Award.

During its annual meeting Thursday, the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District recognized the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) with its Economic Development Partnership Award.

Courtney Dentlinger, Director, DED accepted the award on behalf of the department.

During the past ten years, DED and the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District have collaborated to use federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to build 192 housing units, create or retain 872 jobs, and invest $29 million in a variety of projects assisting communities, businesses, and non-profit organizations in more than fifty (50) municipalities and counties throughout northeast Nebraska. Communities served include Columbus, Creighton, Fremont, Fullerton, Hartington, Madison, Newman Grove, Norfolk, Schuyler, Scribner, Wakefield, Walthill and Wayne, plus the counties of Burt, Cedar, Pierce, Knox, and Thurston.

Following is a list of the projects:

  • $485,000 CDBG funding in the Comprehensive Investment & Stabilization category has gone toward community planning, street improvements, demolition of unsafe buildings, and construction or renovation of public facilities and single-family housing.
  • $5,318,988 CDBG funding in the Comprehensive Revitalization category was used for planning, street improvements, water and sewer improvements, acquisition of properties, demolition of unsafe buildings, downtown façade improvements, and construction or renovation of single-family housing.
  • $2,512,662 CDBG funding in the Disaster Funding category for planning, flood control, drainage, the replacement of a lift station, and clean-up.
  • $2,580,650 CDBG funding in the Downtown Revitalization category for community planning, street and façade improvements.
  • $6,945,665 CDBG funding in the Economic Development category for direct financing for an area business that created and/or retained 872 jobs.
  • $2,196,000 CDBG funding in the Housing category for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation and down-payment assistance.
  • $810,000 CDBG funding in the Planning category for comprehensive plans, preliminary engineering reports, housing studies, recreation and wellness master planning, water systems, utility mapping, and industrial park planning.
  • $6,668,065 CDBG funding in the Public Works category for streets, sidewalks, libraries, fire halls, fire equipment, building and infrastructure improvements that complied with the American with Disabilities Act, and community and senior centers.
  • $337,500 CDBG funding in the Tourism category for the Nissen Wine Outlaw Trail Historic Center, and Columbus Museum, Inc.
  • $2,103,400 CDBG funding in the Water/Wastewater category for flood control and drainage, water and sewer treatment facilities, lagoons and lift stations.

Additionally, Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District has received more than $10.6 million in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund and HOME Investment Partnership money, administered by DED, to build 343 homes throughout northeast Nebraska.

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