Community Resources

USDA Rural Development, Nebraska Office

USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services such as housing, economic development, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. They promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. They offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. They provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. They help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

 Regional Contact:

David Fulton, Community Programs Specialist

(308) 455-9844


Nebraska Department of Economic Development

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is the official lead economic development agency for Nebraska. Created by the Legislature in 1967, DED’s emphasis is growing and diversifying the state’s “economic base,” bringing new dollars into the state.

Regional Contact:

Kelly Gewecke, Central Field Service Rep

(308) 627-3151

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality was created pursuant to passage of the Nebraska Environmental Protection Act in 1971. Although the Department has grown and been given additional responsibilities over the years, its ongoing mission has remained the same – the protection of Nebraska’s air, land and water resources.

LOIS: Location One Information System

LOIS is the leading online economic development site selection tool in the United States. LOIS provides a GIS-enhanced site database system which gives a strong competitive advantage in the rough and tumble world of site selection.

NPPD: Economic Development

Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) professional economic development team stands ready to assist you whether you are a site selection consultant or business prospect seeking a new location, an existing business seeking to expand, or a customer community looking for assistance with your economic development efforts. 


Nebraska Development Network – Central Region

As one of the seven Development Networks in the State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Development Network – Central Region is a group of development service providers in central Nebraska who work together to better meet the needs of the constituents.

Counties in this region include: 

  • Adams
  • Blaine
  • Buffalo
  • Clay
  • Custer
  • Franklin
  • Garfield
  • Greeley
  • Hall
  • Hamilton
  • Harlan
  • Howard
  • Kearney
  • Loup
  • Merrick
  • Nuckolls
  • Phelps
  • Sherman
  • Valley
  • Webster
  • Wheeler

Regional Contact:

Kelly Gewecke

(308) 627-3151

South Central Economic Development District, Inc.

401 East Ave, 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 79

Holdrege, NE 68949

Phone: 308.455.4770