LINCOLN, NEB. (November 30, 2007)—Sidney, Neb. (pop. 5,900-plus) is the latest community to achieve the Economic Development (ED) Certification designation.
Sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats, the program is one of very few nationwide that recognize communities for being prepared for economic development. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development administers the application process.
“The Nebraska Diplomats are pleased to announce Sidney as its newest Development Certified Community”, said Tim White, President of the Nebraska Diplomats. Sidney is the 16th community in the State to make a commitment to Economic Development excellence and the extensive planning required to receive the certification.”
The Nebraska Panhandle community has aggressively planned and pursued economic development projects during the past 20 years, effectively tripling its economy and gaining national recognition for having more jobs than people to fill those jobs.
“We have great collaboration and partnerships built between the city, county, Sidney Chamber of Commerce and private sector employers,” said Gary Person, Sidney city manager. “The certification process has definitely helped us take our planning a step further and we appreciate the efforts of all of our team players in bringing about this accomplishment.”
National Economist and Author Jack Schultz named Sidney to his list of America’s Top 100 Rural Economic Development Communities under 50,000 Population. Sidney also remains the only Nebraska community to have successfully voted three times to adopt economic development programs and public funding through LB 840 in three consecutive decades: 1988, 1997, and 2007.
“We appreciate the Department of Economic Development and The Nebraska Diplomats partnering together on this worthwhile process,” Person said. “We are committed to our continued progress and this will help us get there.”
Other Nebraska ED Certified Communities are Auburn, Cozad, Fremont, Geneva, Gothenburg, Grand Island, Holdrege, Lexington, Nebraska City, Norfolk, North Platte, Ogallala, Ord, Scottsbluff and South Sioux City.
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