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Improve Infrastructure

Communities cannot develop or grow without basic elements in place, including clean drinking water, ultra-safe sewer and wastewater disposal systems, barrier-free sidewalks and public facilities, navigable streets and roadways, qualitative day care and senior care centers, vital emergency services and the comprehensive planning that makes these services and more possible. The department’s programs offer communities financial and technical assistance to address their specific projects at the time when help is most needed.


The federally-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program awards grants to cities and villages to provide for basic infrastructure needs that lead to an area’s development, growth and fulfillment of citizens’ needs for health, well being and quality living. 
The Nebraska Affordable Housing Program awards grants directly to nonprofit organizations, local governments and public housing authorities to build rental units and new single family housing (including infrastructure) for homeownership, rehabilitate existing rental properties, purchase and rehabilitate homes, adapt buildings, such as old schools or hotels for rental housing (including infrastructure) and administer programs that  help homeowners rehabilitate homes or purchase their first homes. 
Nebraska has built a reputation for having the most dedicated, hardworking and highly productive employees found anywhere in the nation. Many Nebraska’s work in agriculture, however the majority of the state’s labor force is employed outside farming in manufacturing (non-durable goods and food processing); services; government; retail and wholesale trades; finance, insurance and real estate; transportation, communications and utilities; and construction and mining.  

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development | Courtney Dentlinger, Department Director
301 Centennial Mall South | P.O. Box 94666 | Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
Phone (800) 426-6505 | Fax (402) 471-3778