News 2006 April 2006

Norfolk becomes ED certified community (April 24, 2006)

NORFOLK, NEB. (April 24, 2006)—Gov. Dave Heineman was in Norfolk Friday evening to present the city of Norfolk as an economic development certified community.

“Northeast Nebraska benefits from the strong community involvement and leadership of Norfolk’s business community,” Gov. Heineman said. “By working together, this community is confronting the challenges of continued growth and doing so in an organized, efficient manner. As a certified community for economic development, Norfolk is formalizing its long-standing traditions of communication, collaboration and results.”

Norfolk (pop 21,476) is located in the Elkhorn River Valley in the northeast corner of Madison County. The community has taken the lead in establishing and championing a partnership that has positively influenced economic development efforts not only in Norfolk, but also in small communities throughout the region. Organizations in this effort include the city of Norfolk, the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD), Norfolk Area Recruiters, Elkhorn Valley Economic Development Council, Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Community College, and Faith Regional Health Services, to name a few.

“It is highly appropriate that Norfolk is recognized as a Economic Development Certified Community,” said Don Heimes, president of the Nebraska Diplomats, Inc. “The leaders of the community have demonstrated time and time again that they assume the primary responsibility of providing for economic development opportunities for Norfolk and its Northeast Nebraska neighbors. Going through the process to obtain this certification is further evidence of the community’s commitment to aggressively continue its economic development efforts.”

The partnership assisted with several business expansions, including MP Global Products, LLC, Sterling Computers, and Tyco Healthcare, and has been instrumental in helping start up a new incubator in the former Vishay Building. The incubator’s tenant, Nucor Detailing Center has created 200 jobs.

During the past year, NENEDD loaned four Norfolk businesses $350,000 total to create or retain at least 76 jobs.

“Norfolk area leaders work hard to make our community more competitive, and this shows our dedication to growth and development,” Tom Dover, Nebraska Diplomat Board Member representing the Norfolk area. “Becoming certified shows that we are ‘economic development ready’ and open for business.”

Sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats, Inc., and development partners, and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the certification program provides technical assistance to communities throughout the application process. It is one of only a few programs in the nation that recognizes communities for economic development preparedness.

To qualify for certification, communities must meet criteria described in the application form. The certification process is ongoing and noncompetitive. Communities that exhibit the required documented economic development readiness as specified in the program criteria, and approved by a review committee will earn certification. Each applicant is judged against standards that include organization, local industry target identification and workforce issues, infrastructure, local financing and business assistance, building and site availability, and other program parameters.

Norfolk joins Ord and Holdrege as Nebraska Certified Communities.

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
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Resource directories available to help fund development projects (April 19, 2006)

Resource directories available to help fund development projects

LINCOLN, NEB. (April 19, 2006)—The 2006 Foundation Resource and Nebraska Resource Directories are now available and ready to help you match the right funding sources with your next community and economic development projects.

The Foundation Resource Directory lists more than 40 foundations along with detailed descriptions and required guidelines for qualifying for funding. The directory contains additional information about the application process and purpose of each foundation, and contact information. This directory is an excellent tool for people interested in funding community improvement, economic development, and/or non-profit organizational expansion projects.

The Nebraska Resource Directory describes state and federal level funding resources available to communities and community coalitions that are particularly useful in launching economic or community development improvement projects and programs. The directory was developed by the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; 4-H Cooperative Extension; Nebraska Health and Human Services System, Office of Community Support; Nebraska Community Improvement Program (NCIP); and Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).

The directories are produced by NCIP, DED, and the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative. NCIP is a partnership between DED, the University of Nebraska, and NCIP sponsors.

To receive copies of the Foundation Resource Directory and Nebraska Resource Directory, or for more information about NCIP, contact Helen Hecox at (800) 426-6505, or email her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The directories also are available on the NCIP website: http://crd.neded.org/ncip.

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Individuals who are hearing and/or speech impaired and have a TDD, may contact the department through the Statewide Relay System by calling one of the following numbers:
711, (800) 833- 7352 (TDD), or (800) 833-0920 (voice).
The relay operator should be asked to call DED at (800) 426-6505, or (402) 471-3111.

Tourism Development grant apps. accepted May 8-22 (April 19, 2006)

Tourism Development grant apps. accepted May 8-22

LINCOLN, NEB. (April 19, 2006)—A program that has helped promote the physical development of tourism attractions in Nebraska will be accepting grant applications, May 8-22. The Tourism Development Initiative (TDI) awards grants from $20,000 to $200,000 for the physical development of attractions that annually draw 2,500 or more visits originating from at least 100 miles away. Eligible projects include historic restorations, museums, recreational facilities, and convention centers. Ineligible projects are defined as tourism support facilities other than attractions, including eating and drinking establishments, commercial sleeping accommodations, and gift shops.

TDI grants are financed through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and awarded to Nebraska communities and/or entities outside Lincoln and Omaha (which receive separate CDBG funding).

To view TDI grant guidelines, visit the Nebraska Travel and Tourism Division’s website at: www.VisitNebraska.org, and click on “Tourism Links” followed by “Tourism Development Initiative (TDI) Grant Guidelines”. For information on the grant program, contact Tom Doering at 402-471-3784, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Individuals who are hearing and/or speech impaired and have a TDD, may contact the department through the Statewide Relay System by calling one of the following numbers:
711, (800) 833- 7352 (TDD), or (800) 833-0920 (voice).
The relay operator should be asked to call DED at (800) 426-6505, or (402) 471-3111.

June 30 is deadline for Tourism Advantage Grant applications (April 19, 2006)

June 30 is deadline for Tourism Advantage Grant applications

LINCOLN, NEB. (April 19, 2006)—Local, area, and regional tourism promotional groups have until June 30 to apply for individual grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 through the Tourism Advantage Matching Grant Program.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division, which administers the program, will award $500,000 in grants this year for a variety of advertising, marketing and promotional activities, including mass media advertising, Website development, the production and printing of travel literature, and to attend travel, trade and sports shows, to name a few.

Grant awardees will be announced July 31.

To access a copy of the new grant guidelines, visit www.VisitNebraska.org. For information on the grant program, contact Tom Doering at 402-471-3784, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Individuals who are hearing and/or speech impaired and have a TDD, may contact the department through the Statewide Relay System by calling one of the following numbers:
711, (800) 833- 7352 (TDD), or (800) 833-0920 (voice).
The relay operator should be asked to call DED at (800) 426-6505, or (402) 471-3111.

Gov. Heineman Awards First Building Entrepreneurial Communities Funding (April 18, 2006)

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman awarded $140,000 in funding to nine projects as part of the first wave of applications through the new Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act (BECA) created as part of the Nebraska Advantage incentive package.

“I’m very pleased we were able to make this funding available for areas of our state that need it most,” Gov. Heineman said. “The goal of the BECA program is to help jump start the revitalization of our rural communities. In addition to this funding, BECA grants will be matched dollar for dollar by those directly involved in strengthening local economies.”

The Building Entrepreneurial Communities program provides grant funding to help create programs that generate and sustain wealth in economically depressed communities and regions of the state. BECA is administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Nebraska Rural Development Commission (RDC). RDC reviewed 13 applications and forwarded recommendations to the Governor.

The nine projects receiving funding include:

Building for the Future of Our Area will receive $13,000 in funding for a cooperative project involving Furnas and Harlan counties. The project is aimed at stimulating small business growth and development, as well as long-term sustainability of local communities. Furnas/Harlan Partnership, Inc. prepared the application, and a group of cooperatives and local community leaders will provide matching funds.

Knox Business Transfer project will receive $2,470 that will be used to help equip 15 to 25 Knox county business owners with effective strategies for business transfer. The Knox County Development Agency submitted the application and will provide matching funds.

The Creating Virtual Entrepreneurs project will receive an $11,020 grant to help Cheyenne county entrepreneurs implement eBusiness and eCommerce web technologies. The Cheyenne County Technology Committee and Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce prepared the application and will contribute matching funds for the effort.

Building Blocks for Community Revitalization & Prosperity will receive $25,000 to help promote entrepreneurship and leadership in the Valentine and Cherry county area. The project will help build community capacity and encourage revitalization. The Valentine/Cherry County Economic Development Board prepared the application, and an additional $25,000 in matching funds will come from Valentine and Cherry county.

Valley County Youth Initiative will receive $17,000 to help attract and retain area youth. Valley County Economic Development prepared the application on behalf of Valley county and the city of Ord. The city and Loup Valley’s Rural Public Power District will provide matching funds.

Chase-Perkins Hometown Competitiveness Program will receive $9,000 do continue a program that identifies issues that affect the ability to attract and grow the local youth population, and helps develop and sustain leadership development programs, charitable giving efforts and entrepreneurship services. Southwest Nebraska Community Betterment prepared the application on behalf of the southwest Nebraska region. Great Plains Communications and the cities of Grant and Imperial will contribute matching funds.

Tri-Edge, the Cambridge/McCook Entrepreneur Development Program, will receive $4,000 to help enhance economic development efforts by offering a new entrepreneurship development program. Cambridge Economic Development prepared the application on behalf of the cities. Several partners including the Cambridge & McCook Economic Development Councils, local business owners and chambers of commerce, Rotary Clubs and individuals will provide matching funds.

Building the Future of Medicine Valley will receive $30,600 to increase the tax base of the area and help attract and maintain businesses, students and families within the designated school districts. The Medicine Valley Economic Development Corporation (MVEDC) and city of Curtis prepared the application on behalf of partnering groups including: Frontier County, the villages of Maywood, Stockville and Moorefield, Medicine Creek Chamber of Commerce, Medicine Valley Schools, Maywood Public Schools, and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. MVEDC, Free Land Partners, and Curtis’ LB 840 funding will provide the match for the project.

Western Nebraska Entrepreneurial Initiative will receive $28,000 to create a program that will provide education and technical assistance for young small business owners and entrepreneurs. Twin Cities Development prepared the application on behalf of towns and organizations pledging to contribute matching funding, including: Scotts Bluff county, the cities of Scottsbluff, Gering, Bridgeport, and Mitchell, Twin Cities Development, Western Nebraska Community College, and the village of Morrill.

FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Aaron Sanderford, 402-471-1967
Linda Fettig, RDC, 308-749-2291

 

 

 

Individuals who are hearing and/or speech impaired and have a TDD, may contact the department through the Statewide Relay System by calling one of the following numbers:
711, (800) 833- 7352 (TDD), or (800) 833-0920 (voice).
The relay operator should be asked to call DED at (800) 426-6505, or (402) 471-3111.

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