Fifteen projects awarded $2.029 million from Civic and Community Center Financing Fund

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $2,029,420 from its Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) to 15 cities for projects related to the development and/or renovation of civic, community and recreation centers. This includes building new and renovating or expanding existing facilities (including converting, rehabilitating or reusing historic buildings), and conducting planning studies (engineering and technical).

Chet Ager Building, Most Trails Reopen at Nature Center

The Chet Ager Building and most of the trails have reopened at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. The facilities were closed last week after flooding. Some trail segments will remain closed until further notice.

Committee Investigates EPA’s Attack on Power Plants

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works convened a hearing this afternoon to hear testimony on how the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon regulations would harm hardworking families, minorities, and businesses of all sizes. The committee also investigated the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA) bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).

Fischer Joins Effort to Protect Panhandle Electric Power

This morning, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) joined Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, calling on her to take immediate action and protect the Colowyo Mine from unnecessary closure. This site helps provide energy resources for the electric needs of Nebraska’s Panhandle

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Friday June 19

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 19 at Union College, South 52nd and Cooper Ave. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Smith on Obama Administration’s Launch of Waters of the U.S. Regulations

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement today in response to the Obama administration’s decision to finalize and launch far-reaching water regulations under the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, now renamed by the administration as the Clean Water Rule.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Latex Paint Exchange Set for Saturday, May 30

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Zoetis, N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted


Mercy Housing Midwest is proud to participate in this year’s Give To Lincoln Day, a 24 hour day of giving on Thursday, May 28, 2015. It is a day for everyone in Lincoln to come together and show support for local nonprofit organizations that contribute so much to the great city of Lincoln.

On Omaha Gives Day, Support Mercy Housing Midwest

Mercy Housing Midwest is proud to participate in this year’s Omaha Gives Day, a 24 hour charitable challenge organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The online giving holiday will take place May 20 from midnight to midnight and is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits.


Rep. Brad Ashford (NE-02) today announced that Right at Home will receive the President’s “E” Award at a ceremony at the White House on May 18. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

McCook EDC awarded $297,060 Site and Building Development funding

McCook EDC is using the funding to help American Agricultural Laboratory, specializing in soil and tissue testing for the national and international agriculture markets, to renovate and retrofit the former 90x40-sq. ft. ALCO building for its expanded operations. The project will create five full-time jobs, and retain13 full-time and six part-time existing positions

Water Main Replacement Set to Begin May 11

Beginning Monday, May 11, several streets north of Vine between 22nd and 26th streets will be temporarily closed in phases for the replacement of the water main. The main is being replaced on the following streets

No-Interest Loan Program Improves Homes and Neighborhoods

Mayor Chris Beutler today said the City's Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) is another tool to strengthen neighborhoods across Lincoln. Through HILP, zero-interest loans are available to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners for up to $15,000, and the monthly loan payments can be extended for as long as ten years.

$250,000 CDBG funds awarded for water/wastewater project in Firth

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) today awarded $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the Village of Firth to pursue a project in the Water/Wastewater category

Johanns, Banking Committee Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Taxpayers, Reform Broken Housing Finance...

U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), all members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation to strengthen America’s housing finance system by replacing government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a privately capitalized system that preserves market liquidity and protects taxpayers from future economic downturns


Mayor Says User Fees Increases Help Prevent Property Tax Hike

Mayor Chris Beutler today said user fee increases helped his administration meet its main objectives for the City's first biennial budget - no property tax increase, no major program cuts and no use of one-time money for ongoing programs.


NIFA’s Homeownership Team Announces Top Producer and Shining Star Award Winners

NIFA’s Homeownership team recently held annual lender training meetings at the LaVista Conference Center on October 17th and at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte on October 18th. At these events, awards were presented to the Top Producers and Shining Stars. Top Producer awards are given to the top ten loan officers who originate the most NIFA loans for first-time homebuyers in Nebraska in 2015.