Hartington, Nebraska is a town of about 1800 people. But, if Hartington Economic Development has its way that number will grow.
The group hosted its 45th-anniversary celebration in the restored Hartington Hotel. Erin and Ben Schroeder were instrumental in the hotel’s restoration, backed by the town in order to spur its development.
“It was a huge honor to be selected as the host venue for this event,” Erin Schroeder said. “We were the recipient of several economic development loans and some incentive programs so we feel very fortunate to be a part of this community.”
But it’s not just the hotel. The whole town is filled with successful businesses.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley was at the celebration.
“Hartington’s a very special place. There’s a really can-do spirit in Hartington,” Foley said. “I really think that Hartington in many respects should be the model for so many of our other smaller communities all across our state.”
Hartington Economic Development and the Schroeders believe that by continuing to add attractions and businesses like the hotel, Hartington can become something great.
“What is special about Nebraska is that people are able to enjoy their experience. You have a chance to slow down and enjoy your family and your friends,” Erin Schroeder said. “And so really I think it’s the next great place to visit.”
If the town continues to trend upwards, the Schroeders wish may come true.