Economic & Community Development
|The mission of the Hartington Economic Development Corporation is to provide proactive leadership and vision for the City of Hartington that results in perpetuating short and long-term sustainable economic growth through job and business growth, a competitive wage scale, suitable housing, a stable population, and fosters and preserves a high quality of life for all citizens.|
Chris Miller, President (402) 254-6897
Peggy Year, Vice President (402) 254-3997
Brandon Baller, Treasurer (402) 254-2455
Preston Leise, Secretary (605) 0628
Economic Development Coordinator
Carla Becker - Phone (402) 254-6357 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartington’s community and economic development priority is to improve the quality of life for our citizens. This involves building on our strengths, promoting our existing businesses, working to retain existing jobs, expanding current businesses, promoting entrepreneurship, and recruiting new businesses. We also need to strengthen our work force, develop community resources, attract new capital investment, broaden the community’s tax base, and provide local community services needed to maintain a good quality life.
Hartington Community Development Corporation 2015
(Plan of Work - Goals & Objectives)
A variety of information is available online for the Hartington and Cedar County area. To learn more about the economic and demographic trends in this area, please visit one of the links below.
Hartington and Cedar County Labor Study & Demographic Data/Trends
- Economic and Demographic Trends
(Hartington, Cedar County, and Surrounding Area Jan 2014)
- Hartington and Cedar County Labor Study - 2013
- Hartington Demographics
- Hartington Fact Sheet (Census)
- Cedar County Demographics
- Cedar County Fact Sheet (Census)
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Location One Information System (LOIS)
Approximately 30 acres remain for sale out of a 147 acre tract located southwest of the Hartington city limits. This link provides statistical, pricing and contact information about these remaining acres.
The City of Hartington recognizes that the retention and expansion, along with the attraction of new businesses, is occurring in a very competitive market place. In order to make Hartington as competitive as possible, the community must strive to use all financial and human resources available by using federal, state, municipal, and private sources.
City Sales Tax – LB840 - was approved by Hartington voters in 2007. The Hartington Economic Development Program is funded by the proceeds from a 35 percent of a 1 (one) percent local sales and use tax for a period of 15 years. It is estimated that $70,000 per year will be generated for the Economic Development Program for an estimated 15-year total of $1,050,000. For more information, contact Carla Becker, Economic Development Coordinator at (402) 254-6357.
City of Hartington’s Revolving Loan Fund - is a local plan for projects located within Hartington. The objectives of the reuse fund are to provide financing for start-up and existing businesses that cannot obtain conventional financing, to attract new business to the area and to create and retain jobs for low to moderate income persons. The minimum loan amount is $5,000 and the maximum loan amount is $20,000. An application review committee has been created to review applications. For more information, contact Carla Becker, Economic Development Coordinator at (402) 254-6357.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) – The City of Hartington has the ability to use TIF to assist a new or expanding business in order to fund public improvements associated with private developments in “blighted or substandard” areas of the community. This Financing captures the projected increase in property tax revenue, which results from the private development. The maximum period on this is 15 years.
Hartington Industrial Park - The Hartington Community Development Corporation is negotiable on land pricing for sites located at the industrial park. The City of Hartington is also negotiable for land
pricing for property that is within the city of Hartington and is owned by the City. This pricing is available to all companies or businesses which create a significant number of new positions and offer above average salary benefits. Pricing is given to businesses and industries which add to the local economic diversity. Other city government and miscellaneous incentives could include: a local
community revolving loan fund available for gap financing, fast-track approval of all necessary local permits, preparation of grant applications, assistance in recruiting and screening employees, provision of facilities for conducting pre-employment interviews and training, and a professional economic development coordinator to assist businesses and companies with any other related needs.
Nebraska Advantage – The Nebraska Advantage package was designed to create a business climate that makes Nebraska the preferred location for starting and growing your business. The Nebraska Advantage rewards businesses that invest in the state and hire Nebraskans. In this progressive, pro-business tax climate, corporate income and sales taxes are reduced or virtually eliminated.
For additional information view http://www.neded.org.
- City of Hartington’s Revolving Loan Fund
- Hartington City Sales Tax – LB840
- Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
- Nebraska Business Development Center – Wayne
- USDA Rural Development – Norfolk (402) 371-5350
- Northeast Nebraska Housing Initiative (NEHI), Inc. (Down payment Assistance)
- Center For Rural Affairs – REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Program)
- USDA - REDLEG – through Cedar-Knox Public Power District and Hartelco
Hartington Community Development Corporation
107 West State Street, PO Box 427 Hartington, NE 68739
Carla Becker, Economic Development Coordinator
Office (402) 254-6357 Fax (402) 254-6391 Cell (402) 640-6747
Bureau of Business Research
Business Information Center-SCORE – Norfolk Office
Cedar Knox Public Power District
Internal Revenue Service
Nebraska Public Power District
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Business Assistance Center
Nebraska Business Development Center
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Nebraska Department of Revenue
Nebraska Department of Roads
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Nebraska Economic Developers Association
Nebraska Energy Office
Nebraska Environmental Trust
Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA)
Nebraska Workforce Development Department of Labor – Norfolk Office
Nebraska Rural Development Commission
Nebraska State Fire Marshal
Norfolk Area Recruiters
Northeast Nebraska RC & D
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Social Security Administration
University of Nebraska Center for Applied Innovation
University of Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship
University of Nebraska Center for Rural Research & Development
University of Nebraska Food Processing Center
USDA Rural Financing Programs
(Facts Book, Real Estate Agencies, Utilities, Banking Services, Medical Services)
For additional information email email@example.com or phone 402-254-6357.
The Hartington community has several new housing developments available to individuals seeking new construction. Many of these developments have attractive new concrete paving, public electric power and natural gas hook-ups, as well as city water and sewer, and fiber optic cable providing voice services, high-speed broadband Internet, and IPTV. Lot values range from $10,000 to $25,000. Approximately 25-30 lots are available in the residential area located throughout the city limits. Also available are residential lots located to the north of the city limits. These lots have either private or public rural water available and require private sewer source. In the previous 4 years, Hartington has had over 10 new homes constructed and occupied.
High-Speed (Broadband) Internet is available via fiber optic cable throughout the Hartelco service area which emcompasses an approximate 12 mile radius of Hartington
Hartington has 5 Lending Institutions for financial assistance:
Bank of Hartington
Cedar Security Bank
Farmers and Merchants State Bank
First National Bank Northeast (402) 254-2479
Security National Bank
Avera Sacred Heart Medical Clinic (402) 254-3935
Hartington Mayor and Council Members:
Brad Peitz, Mayor
Chris Bartling – Council member
Deb Addison – Council member
Gary Kruse – Council member
Cody Christensen – Council member
City Clerk: Natalie Schaecher - (402) 254-6353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennedy, Pier, and Knoff
Steve Pier - (402) 254-6600
Planning & Zonning Commission:
Steve Shank (Chairman) - (402) 254-4802
Crystal Lenzen (City Clerk) – (402) 254-6353
Economic Development Coordinator:
Carla Becker - (402) 254-6357 or Cell (402) 640-6747
City of Hartington
107 West State Street
Hartington, NE 68739