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A bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce

Annual Report


Program # of Grants EDA Funds
2 $187,562
Planning 7 $455,000
Total 9 $642,562

During 2012, EDA continued its support of its nine economic development districts, in Nebraska which maintain regional comprehensive economic development strategies.  These strategies form the foundation and road map for long-term economic growth. 

Investment Spotlight: EDA Planning Focuses on Community Successes to Build Foundation for Growth

West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD), headquartered in Ogallala, Nebraska provides economic and community development support for communities in 18 counties.  With annual support through EDA’s Partnership Planning Program, WCNDD formulates and maintains a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region it serves.  Each community in the region is encouraged to participate in the strategic planning process. WCNDD uses the appreciative inquiry model that concentrates on community successes in order to determine what is necessary to move forward. To date, 29 communities have participated in strategic planning.  In FY 2012, the support from EDA was $61,000.

On an on-going basis, WCNDD has been able to utilize the EDA’s Partnership Planning grants to implement a micro-business incubator program, a nuisance abatement program, a GIS program, and a business incubator. It has also assisted with business expansions in areas ranging from telecommunications to wind energy.  EDA currently supports eight multi-county economic development districts across Nebraska.