In 2012, Alma (pop. 1,133) participated in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Works program, which awards funding to Nebraska communities to do a various number of improvement projects, including replacing streets and sidewalks, building community centers, and many other possibilities. The Alma street improvement project included new concrete pavement, driveway pavement, ten curb inlets, four junction manholes, and removal of unnecessary concrete.
The Alma street improvement project had a total budget of $878,525, of which $350,000 was CDBG funding. The project had $528,525 in matching and leveraged funds, which came from General Obligation funds, and funds budgeted specifically for this project. The project activities benefitted a total of 1,129 people, 584 of whom were low-to-moderate income persons (51.73% LMI).
The duration of the Alma street project was from March 1 to June 1, 2012. Actual construction for the project was only three months. With this kind of turn around, the impacts were felt immediately by the community. The repaved South Street is the most traveled residential street in Alma. This street gives access to all of Alma, as well as access to Harlan County Lake to the south. Due to the increase in access, the project serviced the whole city of Alma.