Nebraska communities receive grants for improvements

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Several Nebraska cities are getting grants to make improvements in their communities. 

Communities like Wayne, Norfolk, Pierce, and Wakefield are each getting more than $2 million of grants to support economic development and quality-of-life improvements in the communities. 

The projects that receive grants are meant to benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slum and blight conditions or solve catastrophic health and safety threats

The total of $9,577,639 in grants come from the Community Development Block Grant program distributed by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

There are eight categories that the grants for: comprehensive development, downtown revitalization, economic development, owner-occupied rehabilitation, planning, public works, tourism development and water/wastewater.

The Cities of Wayne and Norfolk are getting grants in the comprehensive category. Wayne is receiving $475,000 for streets and storm sewers and $460,000 is going to Norfolk streets. Also receiving grants for the 

For downtown revitalization, Pierce will receive $445,000 for architectural barrier removal.

O’Neill is receiving $252,000 under the category of owner-occupied rehabilitation, which will result in the rehabilitation of housing units.

For street and sidewalk improvements in the public works category, Wakefield is receiving $385,000.

“The Community Development Block Grant program continues to be a difference-maker in communities across Nebraska,” said DED Director Dave Rippe. “We have seen [the progam] funding harnessed time again to support projects that make a concrete difference for Nebraska individuals and families, and to enable projects that would have been difficult to achieve without added financial support. We applaud this year’s recipients for their commitment to bettering their communities, as well as their tremendous use of partnerships to address local objectives.”

For other Nebraska communities receiving grants, read the full release by clicking here

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