The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has recognized the City of Alma (pop. 1133) as the agency’s newest Leadership Certified Community (LCC) in the State of Nebraska. DED Business Development Consultant and LCC Program Director Kelly Gewecke honored local leaders, elected officials and community supporters during a special presentation at the city’s monthly board meeting on November 15.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the Nebraska Film Office and the City of Scottsbluff Economic Development Office were pleased to have had western Nebraska chosen as one of three locations for the Coen Brother’s project, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Filming on location in the Scottsbluff area took place September 8 – 27, with several months of pre-production preparation which began in April.
Earlier this month, Lt. Governor Mike Foley traveled to China for a trade mission to strengthen the trade and agricultural ties between Nebraska and China. On Saturday, November 4, the trade delegation attended the opening ceremony of the Nebraska Demonstration Farm followed by a dinner banquet with Shaanxi Province Governor Hu Heping. On Sunday, the delegation attended the Yangling Hi-Tech Agricultural Expo with the Lt. Governor participating in multiple meetings and discussions focusing on trade and agriculture and ended the night with a dinner with local business partners.
Plainview’s Main Street Carnegie Library served the community well. However, over the years the needs of the community outgrew the building. With the support of $250,000 in CDBG funds, a $375,000 Civic Community Center Financing Fund grant provided through DED, and CDAA tax credits, the new 7,000 sq. ft. public library was completed in May 2016 at a cost of $1.1 million. The Plainview Library project is a perfect example of communities demonstrating citizen participation, strategic planning, and local fundraising.