The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $1,941,360 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to five communities under the second (2nd) round of the 2022 Public Works Opportunity. A variety of projects were funded, including a community center, sidewalks, park improvements and street improvements. The awarded projects are listed below.
The CDBG program is funded through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by DED on behalf of Nebraska’s non-entitlement communities. CDBG dollars exist to help communities enhance public health and safety, economic well-being, local vitality and quality of life.
All funded communities demonstrated a strategic approach to community development within their project designs and showed that through collaboration, much-needed facility and infrastructure improvements are attainable.
CDBG – Public Works Grant Recipients
- Village of Craig: The Village of Craig, Burt County, will use its award of $433,000 to implement a street improvement project within the municipal limits of the Village.
- Village of Newcastle: The Village of Newcastle, Dixon County, was awarded $433,000 for a sidewalk/curb and gutter replacement and installation of a storm sewer. Sidewalk repairs and detectable warning panels will be installed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- City of Superior: The City of Superior, Nuckolls County, was awarded a $53,000 CDBG Park and Recreation Master Plan Planning Grant in 2020, with the project being completed in 2022. Their 2022 public works grant of $433,000 will allow the City to implement park improvements – which includes a walking trail – as a result of the planning process.
- City of Schuyler: The City of Schuyler, Colfax County, will be converting two (2) vacant lots into park space with their 2022 award of $309,360. The park will include green space, ADA-compliant restrooms, and an amphitheater.
- Village of Elk Creek: The Village of Elk Creek, Johnson County, was awarded $333,000 for a new community center which will be located at the intersection of 1st and Ash streets in the Village.
For additional information, contact Community Development Specialist Aaron Boucher: Aaron.Boucher@nebraska.gov.