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Briggs & Stratton Surprises Robotics Club with Grant

Monday, December 17, 2018

HOLDREGE – The Holdrege Public Schools Robotics Club received a special surprise when they gave a presentation to the Holdrege Rotary Club on Dec. 6. After the presentation by HPS Teacher and Robotics Club Leader Don Kosmicki and two students, Daniel deFreese and Ryan Salisbury, Briggs & Stratton gave a $5,000 donation to help the club purchase new equipment. deFreese said the gift came at the perfect time. “I kind of felt joy that we got the money and some relief because we’ve always struggled with finances basically all the time,” deFreese said. deFreese, a junior at HHS, has been involved with the club...
Housing Incentives Revamped After Overwhelming Popularity

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Due to the overwhelming popularity of PCDC’s GO! Home programs, a few changes have been made, and the programs will be revamped for 2019 to narrow the focus to bringing in new residents. PCDC has suspended funding for the exterior home improvement loans and grants, sales tax holiday grants and marketing demonstration grants because funds budgeted for those programs for 2018 have already been depleted. “We had more demand than we had anticipated in some of the areas,” PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said. “And, we want to be sure that we are investing in projects that support growth in the market....
PCDC Gives Major Boost to Local Education

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A new mobile STEM lab designed to spark learning opportunities and bring cutting-edge technology to area students received a $15,000 boost from the Phelps County Development Corporation. The PCDC Board of Directors approved the donation to help fund the CSI (Create, Solve & Innovate) Lab that is being created through a partnership between the Educational Service Unit 11, area manufacturers (including BD) and public power companies. A total of $125,000 is needed to launch the CSI lab that will be made available to 1,450 south-central Nebraska seventh and eighth graders. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said the lab could help in efforts to...
PCDC Resumes $1,000 Exterior Renovation Grants

Thursday, December 13, 2018

PCDC recently replaced the former $1,000 First Impression Grants with the new GO! DREAM program to encourage downtown Holdrege businesses revitalization. However, PCDC Director of Business Services Carley Bruning said they later realized that businesses outside of downtown Holdrege were still interested in financial incentives for renovations. So, PCDC has resumed the exterior grants with a new name – GO! Business Building Exterior Impact Grants. These $1,000 grants are offered for exterior updates to any Phelps County business. The grants must be used for materials only and may be used for windows, paint, awnings, masonry or minor exterior repairs and lighting. The...
SPUCC Sets Legislative Priorities After Senators Panel

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

     HOLDREGE, NE: December 12, 2018 – The South Platte United Chambers of Commerce hosted Lt. Governor Mike Foley and Nebraska state senators and its Legislative Summit yesterday in Holdrege. Past and future legislative issues were discussed by the elected officials and the audience gave input to the senators.   Senator Dan Hughes of District 44, Senator Elect Dave Murman of District 38, and retired senators Ed Schrock and Tom Carlson lent their expertise and views to the discussions.  The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry gave a presentation that reviewed 2018 and preview the coming legislative session.   Lt. Gov. Foley said that...
The Sun Theater is an Iconic Holdrege Landmark, Providing Entertainment for Generations

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Sun Theater is at the epicenter of entertainment for folks in Holdrege and all Phelps County.   Generations of residents have grown up watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters at the Sun Theater. This iconic landmark was originally opened in 1927 and for the past ninety years it has taken local residents on adventures, introduced them to superheroes, made them laugh, and been a generally fun place to spend a few hours with friends and family. Entertainment venues, like the Sun Theater, are Phelps County assets and part of what gives our residents a high quality of life. Beyond good jobs, schools,...
First GO! DREAM Grant Awarded For Historic Downtown Holdrege Building

Thursday, October 25, 2018

PCDC announced its new downtown revitalization program in September, and the first grant to spruce up a building has already been approved. Current owners of the former Holdrege opera house are hoping exterior improvements could begin as early as late October with the help of PCDC’s new GO! DREAM program (Downtown Revitalization Economic Assistance Mission). Justin Trompke, co-owner of the opera house, said exterior work will include painting the currently red and white building to dark gray with black accents, installing new store-front glass and a SureWall system and fixing the brick wall on the Fourth Avenue side. Part of the building...
Honoring Hometown Sculptors Could Also Boost Local Economy

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Several well-known bronze sculptors hail from Holdrege, and the Citizens for Bronze Art organization is working to honor their talents and bring an economic and tourism boost to Phelps County. Eight life-sized bronze sculptures by world-renowned artists George Lundeen and Brad Pearson already provide beauty and inspiration at public places in Holdrege. A ninth sculpture by George is complete and will be placed at the new baseball/softball complex, and a tenth sculpture by Mark Lundeen will soon be placed at the Holdrege Public Library. Citizens for Bronze Art, who funded five of the existing sculptures, is now seeking the public’s help in...
Increase Visitors and Sales with Nebraska Passport Program

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Nebraska Passport program has brought hundreds of visitors to Phelps County, and the Phelps County Development Corporation is encouraging more local attractions and stores to be involved as a way to boost tourism and the local economy. “By becoming a Passport stop, we are boosting the economic impact for the county,” said Carley Bruning, PCDC’s Director of Business Services. “Travelers will hopefully stop and eat, fuel up, shop, and visit our parks, museums, restaurants and stores while they are here.” Each year, the Nebraska Tourism Commission selects 70 to 80 attractions across the state to be included in the Nebraska Passport...
ALLMAND WELCOMES GOVERNOR RICKETTS ON SEPTEMBER 25

Monday, September 24, 2018

After receiving a Governor’s Cup award, Ricketts recognizes Allmand for its growth   HOLDREGE (September 24, 2018) – Allmand Bros., Inc., a Briggs & Stratton company, will welcome Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to its facility on Tuesday, September 25. The visit is part of the Governor’s tour to recognize companies that have contributed to the state’s economic development achievements, earning Ricketts the Governor’s Cup award for the second consecutive year. Media is invited to attend the event from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at the Allmand office, located at 1502 W. 4th Ave, Holdrege.    “As Allmand celebrates its 80th year in business, it...
New Housing Program Helps Renters Call Phelps County Home

Thursday, September 20, 2018

PCDC has expanded its GO! Home program to include a $1,000 grant for new renters. The Employee Relocation Renter’s Program provides an incentive to encourage commuting employees or new employees to rent homes or apartments in Phelps County. “This is all part of our efforts to turn commuters into full-time Phelps County residents,” PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said. A 2016 study indicated that of the 4,590 jobs in Phelps County, nearly half (or 2,177 jobs) are filled by workers who live outside of the county. A later housing study showed that 62 percent of commuters would consider moving to Phelps County. “We want...
PCDC Announces Major Incentives to Revitalize Downtown Holdrege

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Old buildings in downtown Holdrege may have a fresh start thanks to a new PCDC program. The Phelps County Development Corporation created the GO! DREAM programs to continue downtown revitalization efforts started five years ago and to give building owners the resources they need to bring to life the dreams they have for their historic buildings. “This is what we are doing downtown because people have dreams for these buildings,” said Carley Bruning, PCDC’s Director of Business Services. “We want future generations to continue to enjoy these buildings.” The Downtown Revitalization Economic Assistance Mission (DREAM) offers downtown building owners an opportunity to receive...
The Tassel at 20: Inspiring Youth, Attracting Visitors and Spurring Growth

Thursday, September 20, 2018

This fall, the Tassel Performing Arts Center kicked off its 20th season of bringing song, dance, music and big-city cultural entertainment to Phelps County. The dream for the Tassel started deep in Holdrege’s history as the small city became known for its ability to draw big-name acts like Will Rogers and Boston Pops to the former downtown opera house and the city auditorium. “Holdrege and Phelps County area residents historically have been appreciative of the arts, both visually and the performing arts,” said Bruce Hendrickson, who led efforts to raise money to build the Tassel. “A profound interest in the arts is...
Three New Physicians to Serve Holdrege and Surrounding Communities at Family Medical Specialties

Monday, August 20, 2018

Family Medical Specialties’ (FMS) team is growing with three new physicians to better serve the patients throughout the southwest and south central Nebraska and northern Kansas. The new physicians include: Jacob C. Peterson, MD, Krista M Stoecker, MD and Kathryn C. Thelen, DO.  Dr. William Sandy stated, “I am glad to have some new faces to serve our patients. Our communities and their need for health care services have grown over the years, and our new physicians, their specialties and their special interests will fit in with our current team of providers and meet the needs of our communities. I...
Concrete Solutions Brings Positive Vibe to Downtown Road Project

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Four months ago, a jackhammer broke into the concrete on Fourth and East avenues kicking off a season of detours, sidewalk closings, water shut-offs and other dilemmas for area residents and business owners. But through it all, the Concrete Solutions 2018 team has been communicating construction updates to help area business owners and residents find their way around the mess. And, the good news is that construction is now half-way complete, and a new road and sidewalks will soon help showcase the town in a more positive light. Concrete Solutions 2018 is led by staff and volunteers from the Phelps County Development...
Downtown Business Owners Retiring; Seeking New Owner

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

After more than 50 years of work in the print business, Dan and Kyle Imel are planning to stop the presses. The brothers are looking forward to retirement and are hoping to find a buyer for their print shop, Graphic Arts Shop at 308 East Avenue in downtown Holdrege. The business has been serving area customers for about 80 years. Graphic Arts has a full line of printing tools, including offset presses, bindery equipment, paper cutters and screen-printing machines. The equipment is used to print business forms, letterhead, envelopes, scale tickets, labels, business cards and decals for vehicles. “We would like to sell...
First Tenants Move Into Washington Square Apartments

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Washington Square Apartments have officially opened, and new renters are settling into maintenance-free living. Property Manager Jennifer Yendra said five of the 18 units have already been leased. Three tenants, including Robert Glidden and his wife of Kearney, moved in by mid-July. Two more were expected to move in by August 1. Robert said he and his wife looked at the apartments near the end of June after they had trouble finding a place to rent in Kearney when their house sold faster than expected. “Jennifer showed us the apartments, and they looked nice,” Robert said. “They were very obliging, and we...
Five Receive Grants to Create Workforce Housing

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

PCDC’s GO! Home Phoenix Housing program has sparked the renovation of at least five local homes, and grant funds are available for more projects. The program launched one year ago with the goal of making it more affordable to purchase and renovate dilapidated homes to turn them into workforce housing. Joe Ridder, owner of Ridder Custom Building, purchased a home on auction at 915 Garfield and plans to remodel it and resell it by the end of the year with the help of the Phoenix program. “It had a lot of potential, but it was going to take a lot of money to...
Don Kraus, GM for CNPPID, is Retiring After 45-years of Service

Monday, July 23, 2018

Don Kraus, general manager of The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID), is retiring in January after working for the CNPPID for over forty-five years (Potter, 2018). His retirement brings his illustrious career to a close. Having first earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he became a licensed professional engineer in the state of Nebraska over four decades ago. Don started his career with the CNPPID as an electrical engineer and has served the organization in various capacities. Through his role as general manager, he managed a team of employees and oversaw...
Washington Square Apartments Ribbon Cutting is Scheduled for July 13th

Friday, June 29, 2018

July 13th is a day to celebrate as it marks the ribbon cutting for the new Washington Square Apartments in Holdrege. This project is the culmination of joint efforts between Flat River Enterprises (developer), BD Construction of Kearney (contractor), and Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC). With the completion of the project, 18 townhome-style apartments will be available for workforce housing in Holdrege. The units are generously sized at just over 1,000-square-feet and include two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each unit also includes a full set of kitchen appliances, along with a washer and dryer, hot water heater, heating and air conditioning....
Bruning Connects, Learns and Shares as Part of Leadership Nebraska

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Carley Bruning has just completed her first session with Leadership Nebraska, and she is excited to share local success stories and learn from others in this program that helps identify emerging leaders and deepens their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the state. Carley, PCDC’s Director of Business Operations, was one of 30 Nebraskans chosen to participate in the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Leadership Nebraska Class XI. She is joined by other leaders from across the state, including a state senator, a lawyer, city officials, non-profit organization leaders, bankers and business leaders. “It is an honor,” Carley said of...
Companies Seeks Franchisees for Phelps County

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

National franchise opportunities exist for Phelps County, and PCDC wants to assist anyone interested in exploring this opportunity. The interest in Phelps County was welcome news for PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery, who attended the RECon trade show in Las Vegas to promote Phelps County as a place to do business. The show attracted real estate developers and owners of major retailers from around the globe. “One of the things we learned in Las Vegas is there are companies out there who are interested in our market and will come here if we can identify qualified franchise owners,” Tillery said. Potential franchise owners...
Hotel Project Moves Forward After Jumping Final Hurdle

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Construction could begin as early as this fall on a new Cobblestone Hotel in Holdrege. The Holdrege City Council and the Holdrege Community Redevelopment Authority approved TIF funding for the project on June 5, and now the developer can prepare an updated budget, finalize the investor group and begin the predevelopment planning at the site. The hotel will be built on the site of the former Washington School on Burlington Street just west of the new Washington Square apartments.  The 45-room two-story hotel will include a lobby, meeting room, exercise room and breakfast area. The project started after PCDC commissioned a study that...
New Coffee Drive-Thru Opening in Holdrege

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

One of Holdrege’s busiest intersections will soon become home to a new Nebraska-based drive-thru coffee business. Josi Orsi, Senior Marketing Manager for Scooter’s, said the company plans to build a Scooter’s Drive-Thru at the intersection of Burlington Street and Fourth Avenues in Holdrege. They are hoping to open sometime between October and December 2018. “We really enjoy small Midwestern markets, especially cross-roads markets like Holdrege where you have the convergence of multiple highways creating traffic counts that far exceed the actual population of the market,” Josi said. “Additionally, we look for great hard-corner locations that are easy to get to and extremely...
New Event Center Could Give $1 Million Annual Boost to Local Economy

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A study has determined that an event center is needed in Phelps County, and a steering committee will soon be formed to explore strategies to make it happen. The event center study by Core Distinction Group concluded that a convention/conference center/meeting facility is needed in Holdrege. “This is based on the clear community demand as well as the direct and indirect economic impact of such a facility,” the study concluded. PCDC commissioned the study this spring after community leaders and business owners expressed a need for an event center and offered funds to assist in a study. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said business...
PCDC Shifts Focus to Downtown Development to Attract Younger Workers

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A recent search of job openings in Phelps County (neworks.nebraska.gov) reveals nearly 200 available jobs. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said downtown development may be the tool that helps solve some of the workforce and housing issues facing Phelps County. “Downtown has to be the beating heart of the community, not on life support,” Tillery said. “The downtown is what people judge you by. If you’ve got a vibrant downtown, people think the community is healthy.” He cites recent workshops and discussions he’s had with sources around the state and country that point to a trend of younger workers choosing where they are...
PCDC Seeks Proposals to Develop Empty Lots

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Two Phelps County lots have been cleared of dilapidated properties and are now ready to be developed into homes as part of an initiative to create more workforce housing. The Phelps County Development Corporation is seeking proposals from builders, developers or anyone interested in building homes on the now empty lots. The properties are located at 1103 Logan Street in Holdrege and at 304 Keopple Street in Bertrand. Both had a 2017 tax valuation of about $14,000. PCDC purchased the lots and paid to demolish the existing homes as part of its GO! Home Phoenix program. This program targets neighborhoods that are...
Dirt Work Begins on Holdrege’s New Field of Dreams

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

An open field on 18th Avenue is one step closer to becoming a field of dreams after dirt work on the new baseball/softball complex officially began the first week of May. After endless hours of work by countless volunteers spanning several decades, the field is finally becoming a reality thanks to a partnership between several community organizations, including the Phelps County Development Corporation. The City of Holdrege took the lead on the project in the fall of 2015. The four-field complex is being built on 13 acres of ground that was gifted to the city by the Phelps County Community Foundation. The...
How Vegas Will Help Holdrege Grow

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Real estate developers and owners of major retailers from around the globe descended upon Las Vegas in mid-May for RECon, the Global Retail Real Estate Convention. And Phelps County Development Corporation’s Ron Tillery took the opportunity to tout Phelps County as the next great location for their businesses. Tillery said he attended the conference as an extension of PCDC’s work with Buxton Co., a nationwide statistics and marketing firm. PCDC signed a contract with Buxton in late 2017 to help local businesses grow and to identify potential new retail opportunities. “There are some voids where we have no local representation in a certain...
Nine Students Earn Share of $26,000 in High-Demand Jobs Scholarships

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nine students have been awarded scholarships to study in local high-demand fields, such as agriculture and nursing, because they plan to return to Phelps County to work after graduation. This is the fifth year the scholarships have been offered. They are part of the Phelps County Development Corporation’s efforts to create a quality local work force. This year, $26,000 in scholarships were awarded ranging from $1,000-$4,000 each. The scholarships are intended to encourage graduating seniors and non-traditional students to pursue work in local high-demand jobs: nurses, agri-business and technology positions, diesel mechanics, engineer technologists, mechatronics engineers, injection mold technicians, electro-mechanical technologists, machinists, tool...
State Grant Paves Way for 40 New Homes in Holdrege

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A new subdivision in East Holdrege could add as many as 40 living units to help ease the local workforce housing shortage. In late April, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced that Holdrege was one of 14 communities selected to receive grants through the new rural workforce housing program established by LB518 last year. The Holdrege Development Corporation applied for the grant and will oversee the development of the new subdivision that will be built east of East Street near 11th Avenue. The property is just south of the Sunrise East subdivision on 10 acres of ground that the Holdrege Housing...
Nebraska Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska Selects Local Participant

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Carley Bruning has been selected to participate in Leadership Nebraska Class XI. Carley has been the Director of Business Services at Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC) since July 2017. She administers PCDC’s GO! program; administers the high-demand jobs scholarship program; engages with employers to develop programs to recruit, develop and retain talent; assists and encourages local entrepreneurs; and collaborates with other organizations to encourage a vibrant downtown. She oversees PCDC’s Holdrege Young Professionals and Business in Motion groups. She attended Central Christian College of Kansas, where she played both volleyball and basketball...
Chamber Honors PCDC with 2018 Visionary Superstar Award

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce honored the Phelps County Development Corporation with the Visionary Superstar Award at its banquet on April 6. This award is given to a chamber member who has been in business for six years or more and has demonstrated business and community leadership. “With more than 100 investors, PCDC enjoys broad support from the business community and plays an active role in supporting investment and job creation that improves the overall vibrancy of Phelps County's economy,” the chamber noted. “Figuratively, PCDC has erected a large neon sign that says: Phelps County is Open for Business!” The chamber highlighted a...
First Impression Grant Awarded to Wiggles & Giggles

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Congratulations to the Wiggles & Giggles Academy on receiving a First Impressions Grant from the Phelps County Development Corporation. Wiggles & Giggles plans to open a child care center at 2321 East Fourth Ave in mid-May. Co-owner Andrae Matthews said they will use the grant to add front door security system, which will include a camera outside and a screen inside so the staff inside can see who is entering the center and “buzz” them in once deemed safe. “This grant is important to our business because it is one more thing we can do to protect the children entrusted into our care,”...
Gov. Ricketts, Economic Development Announce Rural Workforce Housing Fund Recipients

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Grantee selections announced following agency-led review. LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) announced the first grants from a new rural workforce housing program that was recently established.  Following a recently-concluded grant application period, the Nebraska Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act (LB518) is poised to support rural communities in their efforts to attract and retain a skilled, robust labor force. “The Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act will lead to better housing opportunities in rural communities,” said Governor Ricketts.  “By serving the needs of working families and attracting residents and businesses, the Rural Workforce Housing Investment...
TIF Projects Make Big Impact on Phelps County

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Past construction projects involving tax increment financing in Holdrege have helped increase the city’s taxable valuation by $21 million. “TIF is a powerful tool that helps make the pie bigger for everyone,” said Ron Tillery, executive director of the Phelps County Development Corporation. According to statistics from the Phelps County Assessor and Treasurer’s offices, 21 projects have been approved for TIF in the county since the tool became available in 1995. Some of those projects have included the redevelopment of the former Tower Motel area that now features Orscheln’s and the corporate headquarters for AgWest. Other projects include a Wagner’s Irrigation expansion, Janssen...
Phelps County Housing Strategies for 2022

Monday, April 30, 2018

In Phelps County, we believe in planning for the future, especially when it comes to housing. The Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC) is focused on economic development and business growth. As businesses moved to our area and existing businesses grow and expand, additional housing units will be necessary for workers who are drawn to our community. Our goal is to stay ahead of this need by working to develop the necessary housing units in anticipation of the growing demand. We do not directly develop housing at the PCDC, but our research can be used by developers and property owners to...
Positive Impacts of TIF, Tax Increment Financing, In Holdrege, NE

Friday, April 20, 2018

DOES TIF ACTUALLY PRODUCE TANGIBLE BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY? The short answer is YES! Holdrege has approved 21 TIF projects since its inception in 1995; eight projects are complete and 13 projects remain active. By law, all 21 projects demonstrated a requirement for TIF assistance in order to move forward and NO existing tax revenues were diverted from schools or other taxing jurisdictions. As a result, Holdrege has added more than $20 million of new taxable valuation with many additional and immediate benefits rippling through the economy. Used responsibly, TIF is a powerful tool that helps make the pie bigger.     HOLDREGE TIF...
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HOLDREGE HOTEL PROJECT

Sunday, April 01, 2018

1) DOES HOLDREGE REALLY NEED ANOTHER HOTEL? A 2015 market study conducted by Core Distinction, a leading hospitality industry research group, determined that Holdrege could indeed support a third hotel. The comprehensive research document measured not only Holdrege but also neighboring markets to determine existing and potential lodging demand. The 2015 market study also included a business pro forma. The project was re-opened in late 2016 when PCDC staff determined sufficient interest existed from qualified investment partners and multiple hotel brands. The pro forma was then updated in 2017, which confirmed viability. Developers and investors make their own decisions about risking capital. PCDC...
Green Supports Local Growth in Value-Added Agriculture

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ronnie Green spoke to a packed crowd of 132 local residents at the 2018 Phelps County Development Corporation Annual Meeting on March 22 at the Taste of Texas restaurant in downtown Holdrege. Green complimented Phelps County leaders for their progressive spirit, shared statistics about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and talked about the future of agriculture in the state. Prior to Green’s speech, PCDC Board President Doug Stevenson listed PCDC and community accomplishments in 2017, including: BD’s investment of $300 million in the local plant, Briggs & Stratton’s addition of new employees (they are now up to 140) and their plans for an upcoming expansion, PCDC’s...
Report Shows Money Talks in Local Workforce Development

Thursday, March 29, 2018

How many workers are available in the labor pool for high-demand jobs, and what salary would lure them to Phelps County? A recent Workforce Availability Report requested by the Phelps County Development Corporation provided the answers. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said he posed these questions to economic development partners at the Nebraska Public Power District, and they provided him with a valuable resource that will help existing employers and potential new employers. “Right now, workforce development is one of the top issues facing communities like Holdrege,” Tillery said. “We thought this would be an invaluable asset to companies like BD, Allmand and...
Westcott Appointed as New PCDC Board Member

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Shane Westcott is carrying on a family legacy as he begins his term on the board of the Phelps County Development Corporation. Shane’s dad, Marvin, served on the Holdrege Industrial Development Council (HIDC) before he died in 2009 and was passionate about helping Phelps County grow and thrive. Generations of Shane’s family have lived and worked in Phelps County, and Shane also believes it’s important to preserve it for future generations. “Our family is here, and we enjoy raising our kids in a smaller family environment,” Shane said. “It’s important for our town to be here in the future for everybody.” Shane was appointed...
Apply for the First Impressions Grant

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Businesses in Phelps County can apply for the First Impressions Grant and use the money to improve the appearance of their building. This is an excellent way to fund restoration and improvement projects that make a business more welcoming for customers and guests. In 2017, seven projects were completed using this grant money. They were awarded for projects designed to improve Phelps County buildings in need of exterior updates that would be aesthetically significant to the community’s first impression. You can view pictures of these projects here. Businesses are Invited to Apply for the 2018 First Impressions Grant Business and property owners looking...
PCDC Chooses Phelps Memorial as Business of the Year

Monday, March 19, 2018

Access to a nearby hospital in a rural community is sometimes rare. But, in Phelps County, hospital care is not a worry. Residents receive quality care at one of the top 100 critical care hospitals in the nation at Phelps Memorial Health Center. The Phelps County Development Corporation has chosen Phelps Memorial Health Center as one of its 2017 businesses of the year. The selection committee noted Phelps Memorial’s stellar performance among its peers not only in Nebraska but also across the nation as shown by its recent selection as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Phelps Memorial is also recognized for...
PCDC Honors Bridal Isle as Business of the Year

Friday, March 16, 2018

With many formal wear stores across the state, what would prompt brides to leave their big city homes and drive for hours to a tiny town in the middle of Nebraska to shop for the perfect wedding dress? Maybe, it’s that personal touch when they see a sign welcoming them by name to the store. Maybe it’s the friendly and welcoming staff who have a passion for their work. Maybe it’s the surprise of stepping out of their vehicle in small town Nebraska and entering into a store that looks like it’s in New York City. Maybe it’s the large selection...
PCDC Annual Meeting Features UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green

Monday, March 05, 2018

The Bridal Isle & Phelps Memorial Health Center Honored UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green will speak at the Phelps County Development Corporation’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 22, at the Taste of Texas in downtown Holdrege. PCDC investors and the public are invited to attend the meeting to celebrate the community and PCDC’s successes in growing and building Phelps County during the past year. Green has served as the chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since May 2016. He has a strong agricultural background starting with his childhood on a grain and livestock farm in southwestern Virginia. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in...
We’ve Got Milk in Nebraska

Monday, February 26, 2018

The dairy industry is important in Nebraska. We’ve got milk and lots of it, but there is plenty of room for growth in this industry. Nebraska’s dairy farmers play an important role in our state and in Phelps County. The Nebraska State Dairy Association (NSDA) is in place to advocate for these businesses and to provide assistance. On their site, you can learn about other dairy farmers who are making market gains and how you can get involved with the industry. The NSDA even offers scholarships to recognize those in the dairy industry who are making great strides in producing high-quality...
Expo Gives PCDC Opportunity to Share Phelps County Opportunities

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Food processing and poultry businesses may be “scrambling” to Phelps County after a recent promotional trip to Atlanta, Ga., to the International Production and Processing Expo, the world's largest annual exposition for poultry, feed and meat technology. Phelps County Development Corporation Executive Director Ron Tillery traveled to the expo in late January as part of a team that included representatives from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Public Power District, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) and the cities of York and Scottsbluff. Tillery’s goal at the expo was to make contacts in the industry so they will...
June Completion Date Expected for Washington Square Apartments

Thursday, February 22, 2018

It has been just six months since ground was broken on the new Washington Square Apartments, and construction is on schedule to be completed in early June. The project on the former site of Washington Elementary School at Eighth Avenue and Morton Street includes 18 townhome-style apartments to fill a need for workforce housing in Holdrege. Flat River Enterprises is the developer for the $2.25 million project. BD Construction of Kearney is the main contractor. Much of the exterior of the project has already been completed, and work is progressing on the apartment interiors and finishing touches. Marsha Wilkerson, Marketing and Community Outreach...
Phelps County Retailers Excited About Free Marketing Services

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Local business owners are excited about new possibilities to grow after attending a recent PCDC presentation. The Phelps County Development Corporation has contracted with Buxton Co., a nationwide statistics and marketing firm, to study the local market and provide information on buying patterns to help local businesses increase market share and discover new sales opportunities. PCDC invited business owners and community members to learn about the new service and how it can help business owners and entrepreneurs at three meetings in late January. DeEtte Bailey, owner of Gifts & Things/Double D Cleaners, attended the informational presentation by Buxton and said she plans to...
True Grit Americans Describe Large Portion of Phelps County Residents

Thursday, February 22, 2018

PCDC has contracted with Buxton Co. to provide statistics and marketing help to area retailers and service providers. In their initial study of Phelps County shoppers, the company has identified the four unique customer segments that are dominant in Phelps County: True Grit Americans (17 percent) Older, Middle-Class, Town & Country Communities Practical Priorities, Blue-Collar Jobs, Live Within Means Settled & Sensible (11 percent) Older, Middle-Class Empty-Nesters Retired, Modest Spending, Humble Living Stock Cars & State Parks (9 percent) Middle-Aged, Middle-Income Couples. Conservative Views, Country living, Outdoor Activities, Blue-Collar Diapers & Debit Cards (8 percent) Young, Working-Class Families and Single Parents Early Childrearing Years, Rural Living, Bargain Hunters Buxton representatives said this information...
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green Will Speak at PCDC Annual Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mark your calendars for March 22 and plan to attend Phelps County Development Corporation’s annual meeting at the Taste of Texas restaurant! This year’s theme is Building and Growing with PCDC. Ronnie Green, Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be the featured speaker. Green, who was raised on farm in southwestern Virginia, will devote a portion of his speech to addressing Nebraska economic development opportunities related to livestock. Green has served as UNL’s chancellor since May 2016. Also at the meeting, PCDC will announce its business of the year. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and dinner following...
Build Faster in Phelps County

Monday, February 19, 2018

Are you looking to build a commercial property for your business or for an investment? If the thought of finding the right location, going through the permitting process and paying for the infrastructure development seems overwhelming, reach out for help. Our GO! Build Program is in place to lift some of the burden and make constructing your new property a breeze. Phelps County Economic Development Co. can help with review and research, permitting, site selection, paying for infrastructure and coordination of a variety of financial incentive programs. We make building in Phelps County easier and faster. You can learn more about...
Plastics Companies are Headed to Nebraska

Monday, February 12, 2018

There is a lot of momentum in Nebraska for plastics manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing is the second largest economic driver in Nebraska. Plastics manufacturing plays an important role in this, with companies like BD Medical experiencing great success. So, why Nebraska? Manufacturing companies have found that they can benefit from our low-cost of doing business, pro-business government and skilled workforce. Our people are hardworking, dedicated and focused on getting the job done. Plus, Phelps County Economic Development Corp. offers assistance to businesses. If that means retraining, we have tools for that. If it means that a company needs help getting off the...
Titan Machinery Has What You Need

Monday, February 05, 2018

As an equipment manufacture, Titan has an incredible reputation for building machines that work. In Nebraska, you can find Titan equipment in the fields, on construction sites and around town. They sell and rent equipment, making them a popular supplier for long-term needs and short-term projects. Financing is available on much of their equipment, making it possible to purchase what’s needed in a timely fashion. With their Uptime Maintenance Program, they make it easier for farmers and businesses to keep working without costly delays. In Phelps County, Titan has invested in economic development and continues to be a large supporter of...
City of Holdrege Updating Comprehensive Plan, “Citizen Survey” Being Distributed

Thursday, February 01, 2018

The City of Holdrege Comprehensive Plan is being prepared, under the direction of Bob Rager, City Administrator, and the assistance of the Holdrege Planning Commission and Hanna:Keelan Associates, P.C., a Nebraska based community planning and research consulting firm.  The new Comprehensive Plan will include an analysis on existing land use, zoning, public facilities, utilities and transportation, as well as the preparation of Community planning goals and action steps for a 10-year planning period. An extensive Citizen Participation Program will consist of a Holdrege “Citizen Survey” and a Community Planning Open House.  The Community is asked to participate in the Citizen Survey,...
A Home for Mom and Dad

Monday, January 29, 2018

Helping parents enter an assisted living or skilled nursing facility is not easy. This is a significant transition for anyone to make and the home chosen is going to make a serious impact on how well that transition goes. This is why Holdrege Memorial Homes has such a good reputation. For sixty years, they have been making it easier for seniors to receive the care they need in a warm, nurturing and caring environment. They are a home away from home for many residents and the staff takes their role as caregiver and friend very seriously. We are proud to have...
Feb. 15 Deadline Approaches for High-Demand Jobs Scholarship

Friday, January 26, 2018

Graduating seniors, college students or underemployed workers seeking a Phelps County career are encouraged to apply for the high-demand jobs scholarships offered by the Phelps County Development Corporation and the Phelps County Community Foundation. The scholarships financially assist students studying for careers that are in high demand in Phelps County, such as nursing, agri-business and technology, diesel mechanics, engineering technology, mechatronics engineering, injection mold technology, electro-mechanical technology, tool and die making, construction trades and welding. Scholarship winners must promise to return to the county to work in one these high-demand career fields after their education. Interested applicants may apply at www.phelpsfoundation.org through February...
New Group Offers “Concrete Solutions” to Upcoming Highway Construction

Friday, January 26, 2018

A highway reconstruction project will limit access to many Holdrege businesses this spring and summer and will surely cause residents and travelers to wonder how to get to the front door of a local restaurant or store. But, a local group is hoping that with some pre-planning and teamwork, business traffic won’t be interrupted, and residents and visitors can easily navigate road closings and detours. Concrete Solutions (#ConcreteSolutions2018) is the name chosen for a group whose members will work to assist businesses and residents during the highway project. It is led by staff and volunteers from the Phelps County Development Corporation and...
PCDC Housing Programs Spark Housing Boom in Loomis

Friday, January 26, 2018

PCDC’s housing incentives have sparked the construction of three new spec homes in Loomis plus the upcoming demolition of dilapidated properties in Holdrege and Bertrand to create space for new homes. The GO! Home programs are part of an overall effort to increase the availability of workforce housing in the county. The incentives include sales-tax rebates, grants or loans to develop empty properties or raze dilapidated homes to create lots for new construction, and employer-matching down-payment assistance for new residents. Janet Boehler, PCDC board member and Legacy Purpose Homes Manager, said Loomis has had empty home lots for years, so this seemed...
The Agricultural Advantage Makes Phelps County Ideal for Poultry Industry

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

With ag-friendly communities, an abundance of feed and water and experienced livestock producers, Nebraska and Phelps County make an ideal location for expanding or relocating businesses in the poultry industry. That’s the message that a delegation from Nebraska hopes to share in Atlanta, Ga., at the International Production and Processing Expo, the world's largest annual exposition for poultry, feed and meat technology. Phelps County Development Corporation Executive Director Ron Tillery will travel to the expo in late January as part of a team that includes representatives from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Public Power District, the Alliance for the Future of...
PCDC Meeting Provides Statistics on Retail Opportunities

Monday, January 22, 2018

Business owners, future entrepreneurs and the public are invited to learn about local shopping trends and retail opportunities at an upcoming meeting sponsored by the Phelps County Development Corporation. PCDC has contracted with Buxton Co., a nationwide statistics and marketing firm, to study the local market and provide information on buying patterns to help local businesses increase market share and discover new sales opportunities. “We see significant opportunity in Phelps County for retail growth and development,” PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said. “We think it is extremely important that we are proactive and intentional in our efforts to spark growth, and that...
Secure More Training for Employees

Monday, January 22, 2018

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is an excellent community resource, located only 31 miles from Phelps County. Employers can benefit by sending their employees here to improve their education. By offering 25 pre-professional programs, 170 undergraduate majors and 34 graduate programs, they make it possible to gain the skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace or meet community demands for skilled workers in a variety of professions. With the high demand scholarship offered by Phelps Economic Development, there may be money available to assist with workforce training and education as well. Learn more about scholarships here or University of...
Central NE Public Power Essential To Our Story

Monday, January 15, 2018

What did farmers do without public water? What happened when the weather simply didn’t cooperate? Crop shortages and economic disaster used to be a more significant fear among farmers but thanks to the ingenuity of Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation, it hasn’t been for 75 years. They found ways to build dams and direct water throughout the state so that communities had continuous access to the water essential for growing crops and daily life. We have them to thank for much of the economic success in Nebraska. Central NE Public Power and Irrigation continues to be focused on the success...
Meet the Businesses at Brewster Field

Monday, January 08, 2018

We have an amazing regional airport in Brewster Field and several businesses are making use of it. In addition to fuel and maintenance services being offered at the airport, recreational businesses also operate from there. Skydive Atlas, Nebraska Tandem Skydiving and Nebraska Skydiving School have operations at Brewster Field. People come from all over the region to experience the thrill of a lifetime, something that only skydiving can really deliver on. Since they offer tandem skydives, this is a safe way for someone to learn and experience what it’s like to fly through the air. JetCharters.com offers flights from Brewster Field...
Briggs & Stratton Donates $5,000 to Boost HPS Technology

Monday, January 01, 2018

A donation from the Briggs & Stratton Foundation will help students at Holdrege High School gain valuable career skills. The foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to HHS to upgrade welding, robotics and CAD equipment and supplies “Through these efforts, we reinforce the importance of educating and exposing our local youth to skilled trades that are integral both within the community and in our business,” said Jim Kaplinski, Operations Manager at Allmand Inc. Allmand Bros. was purchased by the Briggs & Stratton Co. in 2014 and is now officially operating under the name, Allmand Inc. “Briggs & Stratton is more committed than ever to...
Come Fly with Me

Monday, January 01, 2018

We don’t know if Frank Sinatra was thinking about Nebraska when he sung this song, but you can grab your loved one and take them on an adventure by flying out of Brewster Field in Holdrege. As a regional airport, Brewster Field supports the agricultural and medical sector but is also a good airport for smaller commercial and private planes. The main runway is 4,700 feet long with a full length, lit taxiway. There is even an Automated Weather Observation Station broadcasting weather information so that anyone flying in knows what to expect. With a sod runway in use during the...
PCDC Offers New Service to Help Area Retailers Grow

Monday, January 01, 2018

A new service will be available to Phelps County retail businesses in 2018 that will help business owners identify opportunities to grow their businesses, thus improving the quality of life for residents. The Phelps County Development Corporation has signed a contract with Buxton Co., a nationwide statistic and marketing firm, to provide current business owners and future entrepreneurs with the data they need to be successful. “We see significant opportunity in Phelps County for retail growth and development,” PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said. “We think it is extremely important that we are more proactive and intentional in our efforts to spark...
Two Local Moms Opening New Extended-Hour Child Care

Monday, January 01, 2018

A new child-care center with extended hours will open in Holdrege in early 2018. Jamie Johnson and Andrae Matthews have formed a partnership to open Wiggles & Giggles Academy, which will serve newborns up to age 5 at its location at 2321 East 4th Ave. CEO Jamie Johnson previously provided in-home child care services and most recently worked at the YMCA at R7 Child Care that closed in August. CFO Andrae Matthews earned an associate’s degree in early childhood education and bachelor’s and master’s degree in human services. Her master’s degree has an emphasis in non-profit leadership management. The two have already hired several...
Holdrege to Participate in Nebraska "Community Strengths" Project

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Officials from Phelps County Development Corporation and the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce agreed earlier this month to participate in a statewide initiative designed to measure how well Nebraska communities measure up in nine categories known to be important to individuals seeking out new communities. Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are working with Hollman Media, LLC of Kearney to lead the project. Holdrege is one of 26 participating Nebraska communities. The project agreement does not require funding from Holdrege. Instead, the community is required to solicit a minimum number of survey responses from residents and visitors. Data from Holdrege...
Amazing Healthcare in Phelps County

Monday, December 25, 2017

Where do you want to go for healthcare when you are sick? For people in and around Phelps County, the answer is often Phelps Memorial Health Center. Here, patients can find world-class healthcare delivered by compassionate doctors and nurses. Instead of needing to drive to a larger city, fight traffic and be away from friends and family, local residents can receive the care they need, right here at home. Phelps County Memorial Health Center also offers traveling nurses that help patients when and where they need it. This is an incredible service for anyone who is homebound due to poor health...
Free Downpayment Assistance

Monday, December 18, 2017

Do you want to purchase a home in Phelps County? If you work in the area and are looking to settle here, we can help by providing additional money for your downpayment. This downpayment matching grant program is through participating area employers and for those who are currently working in the county or a new resident. If you qualify, you can receive up to $5,000 in downpayment money that you do not have to pay back. That’s free money to help you buy a home! With extra money to go towards the purchase price, you could afford a home that may...
Apply for a Scholarship

Monday, December 11, 2017

Phelps County companies are hiring and some positions are in great demand. If you are graduating high school or have your GED and want a good paying job, move to Phelps. If you need to go back to school or require additional training, you could qualify for a scholarship to help pay for it. All you need to do is commit to work for a Phelps company for one year in a high demand job, for every $1,000 you are given, which can be up to $3,000. You make money working in a job you love, without ever having to...
Phelps County is Convenient for Distributors

Monday, December 04, 2017

Being located in the middle of the country has its advantages, especially for warehouse, logistics and distribution companies. Our convenient location makes it easy to move raw materials and finished products throughout the country to be sold on grocery store shelves, large retail chains or in restaurants. As a target industry, we know that there is room for growth and many reasons to base a logistics business in Phelps County. With Interstate 80 stretching for 482 miles across the state, Nebraska is in the middle of everything and companies like Breinig Diesel have reaped the benefits of this. Breining Diesel repairs...
Businesses Make Improvements with PCDC Grant Funds

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sometimes it takes a just a little incentive to make improvements to a business. That was the goal behind PCDC’s First Impression Grants. To date, the grants have spurred five Phelps County businesses to spruce up their store fronts to improve the overall “first impression” of the county. One more will be making updates soon. The First Impressions Grants offer up to $1,000 for exterior updates to any Phelps County business if the project would result in improving the community’s first impression. The grant funds must be used for material only and may be used for windows, paint, awnings, masonry or minor...
Crowdfunding Helps Entrepreneurs Generate Funds While Researching Marketability

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

When local attorney and businessman Robert McCormick decided to produce a new lithium-battery-powered commuter scooter, he chose a modern-age method to test the marketability of his product and generate start-up funds at the same time. McCormick and his Probity Cell LLC partners launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, on online fund-raising platform, to announce their Glion scooter in 2014. The campaign secured an initial customer base and seed money to begin manufacturing scooters. Crowdfunding, the practice of funding a project by raising small amounts of money from many people, can be an effective route for entrepreneurs who are attempting to fund smaller...
Spring Start Date Planned For New Holdrege Ball Fields

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

As local kids starting swinging bats next spring to prepare for a new baseball season, a local contractor will begin moving dirt to prepare a new field of dreams. In early November, the Holdrege City Council awarded a bid to Ostgren Construction of Holdrege to begin dirt work a new baseball/softball complex in northwest Holdrege. The four-field baseball/softball complex will be constructed east of the Holdrege Elementary School on land that was gifted by the Phelps County Community Foundation. The Phelps County Development Corporation has budgeted just more than $1 million in LB840 sales tax funds to be directed toward the project....
Are You Dreaming or Buying a Home?

Monday, November 27, 2017

If you are working in Phelps County and have always dreamed of buying a home, now is your chance. Home prices are affordable and thanks to the Downpayment Matching Grant program, you can get free money to help you buy one. This program is designed for people working in Phelps County or who are new residents to the area. Certain area employers are helping to make this grant a reality, giving buyers up to $5,000 that never has to be repaid. This makes it possible to purchase a home that would otherwise be too expensive or to simply lower the mortgage...
Training Opportunities for Your Employees

Monday, November 20, 2017

How would your business benefit from improving the skills of your workforce? Whether they need to be trained on a new piece of equipment or need additional business skills to move into a management position, our local community college offers employee training programs that can help. There are several training centers in the area run by Central Community College. Their Kearney campus offers courses in business and nursing but are currently expanding to include courses in advanced manufacturing, welding, mechatronics technology and health sciences. These programs are being implemented to support local businesses and the increased demand for workforce development. Learn...
Leveraging Our Commodities

Monday, November 13, 2017

Nebraska is known for agriculture and this is an area that still has plenty of room for growth. As the “breadbasket of the world”, we grow crops here and plenty of them. This creates an incredible opportunity for businesses who want to leverage our state’s commodities to create new food products. Whether someone is entering the high-end organic specialty market, wishing to create a new brand of dog food, or has an idea for the best snack ever – Nebraska has the commodities necessary to make value-added agricultural companies a success. AgWest is one of those companies. They work with...
Manufacturing Companies Succeed in Nebraska

Monday, November 06, 2017

We are looking to grow the manufacturing sector in Phelps County. As a target industry, advanced manufacturing can pay workers an average of $42,000 a year. “If we are successful in recruiting jobs that pay at that level, then we lift the entire community,” said PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery. Phelps County is already home to some incredible manufacturing companies. For example, Allmand® has been located here since 1938. As a manufacturer of portable jobsite equipment, they make safe and reliable products that are used throughout the country. BD Medical is also located here. As a global leader in healthcare safety...
Award-Winning Employer

Monday, October 30, 2017

Integrated Electrical Services in a major employer in Phelps County. They provide good wages and were listed as the #2 Mid-size company to work for. Something that makes them stand out is the power they give employees. With their “Power of One” program, Integrated Electrical Services gives employees the authority to halt work on a project any time they feel it is unsafe or see a hazard. This ensures that employees are always working in safe conditions and has made them a leader in industry safety. They are an important employer in Phelps County and support our efforts to grow the...
Anderson’s Relationship Skills Helped Rural Nebraska

Thursday, October 26, 2017

PCDC lost a long-time board member, enthusiastic promoter of Phelps County economic development and a genuine and honest friend when Tim Anderson died on Oct. 12 at age 68. Anderson was a current PCDC Board of Directors member and had served on the board since March of 2008. But, promoting Phelps County and rural economic development was a passion of his for much longer. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, William (Bill) Anderson and his father, Willard “Bud” Anderson, who also both worked on industry recruitment and business promotion in Holdrege as volunteers in economic development. They were part of...
PCDC Generates Leads at World Dairy Expo

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The cow population could look a little different in Phelps County in a few years thanks to recent efforts by PCDC to recruit a dairy processor or dairy producers to the area. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery attended the recent World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin as part of a statewide delegation to promote growing the dairy industry in Nebraska. His work developed leads that could result in a few more spotted cows among the black and brown ones that currently dominate Phelps County. “It was a tremendous experience,” Tillery said of the trip. “The show included manufacturers of dairy related-equipment, dairy processors...
PCDC Moving Forward in Cooperative Efforts to Add 270 Housing Units

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Phelps County will need 270 housing units in the next five years, according to the recently completed 2017 housing study. Hanna:Keelan Associates recently presented the completed housing study to Phelps County and gave 21 action steps on how to meet the demand. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said the next step will be to form a housing committee to put the plan into action. Recommendations included creating a land and housing bank program, starting a county-wide housing investment club, or expanding PCDC’s employer down-payment matching program. “There are some things for PCDC to focus on, and there are probably other things that are...
PCDC’s Phoenix Housing Program Begins in Bertrand

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A dilapidated property in Bertrand will soon be transformed into a new opportunity as part of PCDC’s new Phoenix housing program. This new program, launched in June, aims to encourage the construction of new homes in existing neighborhoods by identifying and encouraging the renovation of problem properties that are vacant, overgrown or dilapidated. Homes that cannot be saved would be demolished. That is the case with the Bertrand property. PCDC has purchased the property at 304 Keopple for the price of the back taxes (about $4,000) and has collected bids through the Phelps County Builder’s Bureau for demolition work. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery...
Helping Farmers Be Better

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hawkins Manufacturing has the slogan, “Dedicated to Making the World’s Best Farmers Better.” This is a mission they have been passionately fulfilling in Nebraska. Located in Holdrege, Hawkins Manufacturing employees people locally and works with dealerships throughout the country. They manufacture and supply the equipment farmers need to operate on a daily basis including a rolling stalk cutter, sub-soiler, down corn reel, etc. They continue to improve the technology to ensure that farmers can do the best they can, every day. Now, they have partnered with Agribotix to offer farmers a drone solution to keep an eye on crops and gain...
New Apartments in Holdrege

Monday, October 16, 2017

Groundbreaking just took place on Washington Square Apartments in Holdrege. Located where the former Washington Elementary School was, the new complex represents a $2.25 million investment in the area that will pay off as new residents occupy the units. With the workforce growing in Phelps County, there has been an increased need for rental properties. These eighteen new townhomes will help to fill that need. Additional development is likely to take place near the apartments which will have further economic benefits. When in the area, drive by 8th Ave and Morton St to check on the progress. You can also read...
Meet Horizontal TMR Mixers

Monday, October 09, 2017

Two Nebraska businesses joined forces as Jay-Lor purchased MMI International, creating Horizontal TMR Mixers. Jake Tamminga, President of Jay-Lor was quoted as saying, “For decades we’ve been die-hard proponents of the vertical auger, and on most operations, it is the best solution, but there are some commercial applications where the horizontal mixer has proven to be a better fit. The proprietary quad auger design that Dan Powers, and his team at MMI, developed, takes advantage of modern hydrostatic smart controls while still being functionally simple and reliable.” The acquisition of MMI allows Jay-Lor to utilize this technology, combine it with their...
Dairy Processor Would Be Welcome First Tenant in Phelps County’s Iron Horse Industrial Park

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Bring on the ice cream! Phelps County, Nebraska, is open for business with a shovel-ready site available for a dairy processor. The 134-acre Iron Horse Industrial park just west of Holdrege in Phelps County is seeking its first tenant, and a dairy processing plant would be a welcome neighbor. Phelps County is one of five Nebraska communities featured in a special dairy recruitment presentation by the Grow Nebraska Dairy Coalition at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., the first week of October. A 2016 Targeted Industry Study revealed that Phelps County should focus its recruitment efforts on seven key industries when looking...
PCDC Creates Rebranded Website to Attract New Business

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Phelps County Development Corporation has a new look. In August, PCDC launched its new rebranded website that is designed to be more user friendly for potential site selectors, business owners and manufacturers looking to expand or relocate to Phelps County. The site contains links to sites, buildings and land that is available for sale in the county plus statistics about the demographics and labor availability. Current business owners and residents will find great tips and information in the website’s business support section, which contains educational information about growing a business plus resources about PCDC’s incentives, such as the low-interest gap-financing loans and...
PCDC Grants Spur Improvements for Phelps County Businesses

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Three more Phelps County businesses will be sprucing up their store fronts thanks to PCDC’s new First Impression Grants. Firefly Landscaping/Country Partners Coop building in Loomis, Great ST8 Properties in Holdrege and Lost Way Brewery in Holdrege are the most recent recipients of the $1,000 grants. Real Estate Connection in Holdrege was the first recipient of the grant, and work began this month on their project. The First Impressions Grant offers up to $1,000 for exterior updates to any Phelps County business if the project that would result in improving the community’s first impression. The grant funds must be used for materials...
PCDC Works To Engage Next Generation

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A recent workshop about engaging young leaders in the community gave PCDC staff some new insight and reinforced that current initiatives are on the right track. PCDC’s new Director of Business Services Carley Bruning and Director of Administrative Services Stacy Pafford attended the “How to Get Your 20-30 Somethings Engaged in the Community” workshop organized by the South Platte United Chambers of Commerce in late August. Six panelists, including Black Hills Energy Supervisor Brandon Malleck of Holdrege, shared their stories about why they chose to live and work in central Nebraska. “We thought we could glean something that would help us when we...
Workers Needed to Build & Repair Dreams in Phelps County

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Building someone’s dream home or kitchen or helping restore air conditioning on a sweltering summer day is a rewarding accomplishment. It’s something that local contractors get to be a part of every day in jobs that provide flexibility and allow them to combine creative and problem-solving skills. However, it’s hard to find skilled construction workers, plumbers and heating and air contractors in Phelps County and across the nation. Local contractors are all seeking qualified help, and these jobs are available without amassing a mountain of college debt. Wendell Connell, co-owner at Edgren Building, said it’s a struggle to find good quality workers....
LandMark Implement Has What You Need

Monday, October 02, 2017

Agriculture is important in Nebraska and LandMark Implement, Inc. works to keep things moving. They supply equipment that is field ready. By selling both new and used equipment, they have solutions for most budgets. The company has a good reputation around here for providing top-rate customer service. They offer things like a Winter Service Program and repair services to ensure that customers don’t experience any downtime but have the equipment ready to get rolling on day one. LandMark Implement is also active in the community and supports the economic development of Phelps County. We are proud to have them in the...
Agricultural Advantage Makes Phelps County, Nebraska Ideal For Dairy Industry

Monday, October 02, 2017

An abundance of corn, cattle and water makes Phelps County, Nebraska, an ideal location for expanding or relocating businesses in the dairy industry. Phelps County is part of the Grow Nebraska Dairy initiative that is seeking to welcome dairy processors or dairy producers to the state. The county will be featured in a presentation at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., in early October. The rural Nebraska county boasts productive soil, abundant water, experienced farmers and an ag-friendly environment that is ready to welcome new business opportunities. Holdrege is located in the fertile flatlands of Nebraska. The black soil that helps local...
Enterprise Program Helps Painters, Landscapers and Others Compete for Federal Jobs

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Nebraska Department of Roads is seeking small business owners to participate in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. The program helps women, minorities or other underrepresented business owners by increasing their chances to compete for federally-assisted transportation contracts. By participating in the program, business owners can become certified as a DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) and be placed on a national directory that contractors refer to when seeking help on transportation-related projects in Nebraska. Becoming certified as a DBE can improve a company’s visibility to contractors and may lead to new work opportunities. The types of businesses that may participate include:  sign companies, electrical,...
Opportunities Abound for Nurses, Medical Aides in Phelps County

Thursday, August 24, 2017

NOTE: This is the second in series of stories about high-demand jobs in Phelps County. To read the first article about the need for diesel, ag and automotive technicians, please visit  www.phelpscountyne.com/phelps/news/?item=13244   Anyone considering a career in nursing will find many opportunities in Phelps County. With two major long-term care facilities, a regional hospital and two medical clinics in Holdrege, the demand for quality nursing staff continues to grow and provides a great career path for those interested in serving those who are sick, aging or in need of any medical care. Daniel Wojtalewicz, senior vice president of human resources at Phelps Memorial...
PCDC Awards First Impressions Grant to Downtown Business

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Real Estate Connection is the first recipient of PCDC’s new First Impressions Grant and will soon begin updating its storefront with a new look. “We have been wanting to improve our façade for some time, and the grant just gave us a little push,” said Kim Klein, who owns the business along with her husband, Jeremy. The Real Estate Connection project will include replacing doors, a window, siding and shake shingles on the exterior of the business. The Kleins have also applied for a USDA energy efficiency grant to help cover the cost of a new window to solve the problem of wind...
Washington Square Ground Breaking Set for Aug. 29

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Instead of welcoming hundreds of students back to school in August, the site of the former Washington elementary school will be welcoming construction workers and backhoes as work begins on the new Washington Square Apartments. A groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for 9 a.m. August 29 on 18 new apartment townhomes at the former Washington school property in Holdrege at Eighth Avenue & Morton Street. The project is expected to meet the need for more rental homes for the local workforce. The project, called Washington Square Apartments in honor of the property’s heritage, is the first phase of three developments planned for...
Housing Study Shows Need for 270 Additional Phelps County Homes or Rentals

Friday, July 28, 2017

The results of a Phelps County housing survey are in, and it’s no surprise that the county faces a housing shortage. The survey attracted 404 responses and estimated a need for 270 homes, including 86 owner-occupied homes and 72 rentals in Holdrege, in the next five years. Nearly 62 percent of commuters who responded would consider moving to Holdrege, and 90 percent of respondents supported establishing a program to purchase and remove dilapidated housing. PCDC conducted the study in conjunction with the City of Holdrege and the Holdrege Housing Authority with additional funding from the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, and the organizations...
Mechanical and Technical Skills Needed at Area Ag & Automotive Businesses

Friday, July 28, 2017

NOTE: This is the first in a four-part series on high-demand jobs in Phelps County. Be sure to read next month’s e-newsletter to find out what other areas careers are “hot” for local job seekers. High schools students or adult job seekers with an aptitude for mechanics and technology will find plenty of job opportunities right here in Phelps County. Area employers have at least nine job openings for positions such as automotive or agricultural technicians and diesel mechanics. And, the demand is so high that employers are paying for education, tools and certifications to recruit workers. Interested students can earn associate’s degrees...
Get the inside scoop

Monday, June 26, 2017

When it comes to running a successful business, the right information at the right time can mean the difference between seizing an important opportunity—or missing the chance. Here at the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC), one of our primary concerns is sharing timely information that can help grow the economy in Phelps County, NE. A new grant opportunity… a little-known tax tip… an underutilized training program… These are the sorts of opportunities you can find in our newsletter. You can browse our back issues. While you’re there, sign up to get each issue fresh in your mailbox.  
PCDC Hires Carley Bruning to Help Grow County

Monday, June 26, 2017

A former college athlete who excelled in sports and academics has been hired as the Director of Business Services for the Phelps County Development Corporation. Carley Bruning, a native of Edison, will start work at PCDC July 5. In her new role, Carley will administer the new GO! programs, build relationships with local and regional educators and guidance counselors; administer the high-demand jobs scholarship program; engage with employers to develop programs to recruit, develop and retain talent; assist and encourage local entrepreneurs; and collaborate with other organizations to encourage a vibrant downtown. The job was previously called Project Coordinator and was vacated when...
Washington Square Apartments Questions Answered

Monday, June 26, 2017

Construction will begin soon on 18 new apartment townhomes on the former Washington school property in Holdrege. The project is expected to meet the need for more rental homes for the local workforce. The project, called Washington Square Apartments in honor of the property’s heritage, is the first phase of three developments planned for the property. The apartments will be constructed on the east side of the property, which will face existing homes on Morton Street. The Phelps County Development Corporation, who purchased the property from the City of Holdrege in February, sold the property to Flat River Enterprises, who will build...
Good news for your business

Monday, June 19, 2017

If you’re looking for news and information that you can use to grow your business, then check out the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC) news and events archive. Based in Phelps County, NE, PCDC is the central business portal for the county and is connected with other opportunities for entrepreneurs all around the state. We’ve designed our website to be a one-stop shop for folks looking for success in their work and businesses. Check it out today.  
Global reach—local touch

Monday, June 12, 2017

Once upon a time, equipment like plows, tractors, and trucks were manufactured by small, local shops run by creative tinkerers willing to make the leap from horse-and-buggy days. While these early machines were truly one-of-a kind, it didn’t take long for the industry to standardize, centralize, and innovate. Today the heavy equipment industry is a global enterprise with remarkable, precision engineering and leading edge technology. Still, when it comes to purchasing and servicing such vehicles, there’s a huge advantage to working with a local company you know and trust. Such is the case at Titan Machinery, located in Phelps County, NE. Again...
Work ethic

Monday, June 05, 2017

Starting your own business is immensely rewarding—but no one ever said it’s a walk in the park. Long hours, difficult decisions, and a lot of hard work. That’s the reality. So when it comes to your employees, you want the same dedication, the same skills, and the same smart problem solving skills that you expect from yourself. A strong labor force is just one of the reasons that entrepreneurs are attracted to Phelps County, NE. Our skilled workforce is especially suited for manufacturing and ag-related businesses.   Learn more about Phelps, and about our 134-acre Iron Horse Business and Industry park.  
The food revolution

Monday, May 29, 2017

The old saying that you are what you eat appears to have taken root in the American psyche. More people than ever care deeply about where their food comes from, how it was produced, and the quality of the results. This shift has resulted in barely imaginable farm success stories—small family farms making a sustainable living from carefully tending the land. One example is Nebraska Star Beef, based in Phelps County, NE. After coaching Whole Foods on how to source natural, healthy beef, the farmers behind the company set out to launch their own line of direct-to-consumer meats. For those of us...
Where do you want to do business?

Monday, May 22, 2017

If you’re planning to move or expand your business, the site selection process can be overwhelming. Many factors go into the decision, and it’s hard to know which ones are most important. No wonder companies that can afford it hire expensive firms to help them make the decision! For entrepreneurs in Phelps County, NE, there’s a more viable option through the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC). As the county’s central economic development portal, we’re connected to the resources, information, and datapoints you need to make an informed decision about your next move. Feel free to reach out to us at any time—we’ll...
Cultivating Strong Business Connections

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Economic development work often focuses on new businesses. But, one of Phelps County Development Corporation’s roles involves supporting existing businesses, especially large employers like Allmand Bros. In April, PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery and Nebraska Public Power District Senior Economic Development Consultant Rick Nelsen met with Ed Wajda, Senior Vice President & President of Briggs and Stratton’s Global Standby & Job Site Products Group, at the Company’s Milwaukee headquarters. Briggs & Stratton owns Allmand Bros., a manufacturer of portable light towers and other construction equipment and is a major employer in Phelps County. Allmand Bros. announced earlier this year that it was...
Scholarship Recipients Return Home to Jobs

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Several area college graduates have returned to Phelps County this spring to start full-time jobs with assistance from the Phelps County High-Demand Jobs Scholarships. The scholarships are intended to help fill jobs in the area and encourage students to return to their hometowns to start their careers. The scholarships are funded by the Phelps County Development Corporation and the Phelps County Community Foundation. Alex Hamling, a 2013 graduate of Holdrege High School, will graduate in August from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a business option.  He has already started his full-time position with CHS Agri Service...
The 21st century farm

Monday, May 15, 2017

Juicy-sweet corn on the cob. Succulent burgers on the grill. Crisp, cool lettuce. These are some of the foods we know and love so well—foods that bring a whole host of memories and associations. To ensure we continue to enjoy all-american cuisine, today’s modern farm is a lexis of high-tech savvy and highly engineered machinery. Oh there’s still plenty of simple hard work in running a farm, but today’s farmers are truly at the cutting edge. Here in Phelps County, NE, our farmers are the most vital element of the regional economy, and they support a wide array of local industries, including...
The right talent for the job

Monday, May 08, 2017

If you are an entrepreneur, then you already know that you are only as successful as the employees who help you achieve your goals. That’s why a skilled labor force is a key consideration when choosing a location for your business. Here in Phelps County, NE, skilled labor is one of our big strengths. Our workforce is especially oriented to metal fabrication, welding, machinists, plastics, and mechatronics production line workers. And their average commute time is less than 20 minutes! Learn more about Phelps, and about our 134-acre Iron Horse Business and Industry park.  
Good neighbors

Monday, May 01, 2017

When it comes to locating your business, good neighbors can be a key consideration. Savvy site selectors know that finding the right cluster of industries can lead to key efficiencies in the up- and down-stream supply chain. That’s why the Iron Horse Business and Industry park in Phelps County, NE could be a good choice for your business. The park is 134 acres and designed for 8 industries, one of which is the Allmand Brothers, a high-quality work-site lighting equipment manufacturing company that was recently purchased by Briggs&Stratton. Sound like a good neighbor for your business? You can browse existing properties and research...
Farm country

Monday, April 24, 2017

Since the founding of the nation, America’s agricultural industry has played a key role in the success of our economy. Today, that’s more true than ever. Farming and its related industries create somewhere in the neighborhood of 55,000 jobs every year. Here in Phelps County, NE, agriculture is the foundation of the regional economy, with corn, soybeans, and cattle comprising the bulk of our farming. That’s an opportunity not only for job-seekers, but for businesses that serve the farming sector. Learn more about Phelps, and about our 134-acre Iron Horse Business and Industry park.  
PCDC Pledges Funds to Construct Baseball/Softball Complex

Monday, April 17, 2017

Construction of a long-awaited Holdrege youth baseball/softball complex could begin as early as August with a major pledge from the Phelps County Development Corporation. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said the organization has designated $1 million in LB840 sales tax proceeds toward the project. Holdrege voters renewed the LB840 tax by 83 percent in November 2015. Of the $8 million projected income from the tax during the next 15 years, $1.6 million was set aside for community preparedness and quality of life. The baseball complex fits into that category. PCDC is working in partnership with the City of Holdrege on the project,...
Power your business to success

Monday, April 17, 2017

A key consideration in choosing a business location is access to power utilities at competitive rates. After all, if you can’t plug your business into a strong, affordable grid, you’ll face untold headaches and expenses. Competitive electric rates and a robust, responsive grid are some of the advantages offered by the Iron Horse Business and Industry park in Phelps County, NE. A 134-acre park designed for up to 8 businesses, the Iron Horse is serviced by the City of Holdrege with reliable, affordable power. Learn more about Holdrege.  
Tillery Builds Relationships in Food Industry

Monday, April 17, 2017

Phelps County boasts quality commodities like corn, soybeans and cattle, an abundant water supply and a great quality of life. Most residents know those facts, but PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery wanted to share that story with site selectors and leaders in the food processing industry who are looking to expand or relocate to an area with these attributes. That was the purpose of a recent trip to the Chicago area, where Tillery met with eight site-selection consultants and attended the ProFood Tech trade show, where he made connections with 24 industry leaders. “There’s no better communication than face to face,” Tillery said....
Tame your traffic

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sitting stuck in traffic is more than an inconvenience. It’s also a drain on your bottom line. It’s pretty simple: every minute stuck idling in traffic is time and resources wasted. Stacked up over a year or a decade, and the costs might surprise you. That’s one of the advantages enjoyed by businesses in Phelps County, NE. Our low traffic and uncongested driving routes get you and your products out of the door and to your destination in no time flat. And that’s money in the bank for your business! Browse existing properties and research our community here.  
Built-to-suit

Monday, April 03, 2017

Most site selection processes begin with a simple choice: move into an existing structure, or start from scratch. Each has advantages—but for many businesses, the built-to-suit approach is best. The process might be more complex, but the outcome is a structure tailor-made for your needs. Here in Phelps County, NE, the Iron Horse Business and Industry park is a wide-open territory that’s waiting for enterprising businesses to build a literal and figurative foundation. Designed for up to eight businesses, the 134-acre park is shovel-ready for yours! Browse existing properties and research our community.  
Say yes to your next lucky break

Monday, March 27, 2017

If you’re an entrepreneur you know that there’s a lot of planning and hard work that predicates success. And you probably also recognize the more elusive “lucky break”—the chance encounter at coffee shop that leads to a new client; the overheard radio ad that alerts you to a new market; the tax break your golfing pal mentions in passing. Here at the Phelps County, NE Development Corporation (PCDC), we believe that lucky breaks can actually be cultivated. Oh sure, there’s some chance involved. But by being in the right place at the right time among the right people increases those chances...
Take a step back

Monday, March 20, 2017

Here’s a problem faced by many entrepreneurs: You spend so much time juggling the myriad tasks required to run a business that you seldom have time to take a step back to assess your overall strategy. That can mean missed opportunities and tactics that fall short of best practices. Here in Phelps County, NE, we’ve started a program to help you avoid this. It’s called Business in Motion Network, and it was started to be a supportive community with tools to grow together. We bring entrepreneurs together once a month to share tips, ideas, strategies, and problem-solving. The result? A business local...
Plastics outperforming

Monday, March 13, 2017

While the entire economy was hit by the recession a decade ago, one segment has recovered more quickly and grown more rapidly: Plastics. Fueled in part by low oil prices and innovation in the industry, the plastic segment has consistently outpaced growth in other manufacturing areas. Here in Phelps County, NE, our region is a natural fit for plastics manufacturing businesses. Interstate and rail access link to nearby oil fields, while our local investments in infrastructure and incentives make relocation not only feasible, but advantageous. You can learn more about what Phelps County can offer. 
New Builders Bureau Keeps Local Contractors in the Loop

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Phelps County Development Corporation has invited all local contractors and suppliers to join its new PCDC Builders Bureau to stay better informed on opportunities to bid on area construction projects. The new group will help Phelps County plumbers, electricians, contractors and other construction-related businesses: Stay informed of new construction projects in the region Have an opportunity to review project plans and specs and to bid on projects Receive regular updates on industry news and trends Have a voice on area building issues   “As PCDC develops projects, the builders bureau will be the first to know about them,” PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said. And, if...
PCDC Loan Helps Secure Downtown Brewery Project

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Lost Way Brewery is the first recipient of the Phelps County Development Corporation’s new Building Improvement Program. Lost Way owners Mark and Jessica Kraus and Jason and Kimberly Hines have purchased a building at 614 Third Ave. in downtown Holdrege and are renovating the 4,000-square-foot former Sunglow Dairy into a thriving brewery and tasting room that has the potential to attract craft beer lovers from around the world.  Jason and Kimberly moved to Holdrege three years ago for his job as a Quality Engineer at BD. He encouraged his brother-in-law Mark, a former Marine officer, to also move to Nebraska. Mark found...
Find your new home here

Monday, March 06, 2017

Finding a location for your new or existing business requires a lot of research. Utilities, space, and relevant suppliers and customers are all key considerations. Here in Phelps County, NE, our Iron Horse Business and Industry park offers clear advantages in all these categories and more. With 134 acres total, chances are there’s a lot just right for your business. You can browse existing properties and research our community here:
On the road to everywhere

Monday, February 27, 2017

A hundred years ago, when the economy was largely local, getting raw goods in and manufactured goods out was a relatively simple affair. Today, warehousing, logistics, and distribution is a complex, high-tech, and global enterprise. Still, location remains a key component, and that’s why Phelps County, NE serves as a hub for the distribution sector. A central Midwest location, access to interstate and rail, and a burgeoning cluster of ag and manufacturing businesses are some of the advantages in Phelps. You can learn more about what Phelps County can offer at www.phelpscountyne.com.
Value-add a valuable opportunity

Monday, February 20, 2017

How often do you cook a meal from scratch with no condiments or prepared ingredients?  Most of us probably do that once in a while… but not very often. It wasn’t always so. If you take a close look at American consumers’ spending habits, you’ll see in interesting trend in their food purchases. While the percentage of their budget spent on food has remained about the same, the share of that food budget that goes to value-added products has steadily increased over the decades. That means there’s a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs in the value-added sector. Here in Phelps County, NE, we’ve...
Location assistance for manufacturers

Monday, February 13, 2017

While it may seem like half the items you buy are marked “made in China,” the truth is a little more complicated. The fact is that the US is still a manufacturing Titan that very nearly ties with China for first place. Moreover, US manufacturing accounts for a large percentage of America’s skilled jobs. Here in Phelps County, NE, that is more true than many other parts of the country. We have a strong industrial manufacturing tradition—and as a result, we understand the needs of modern, cutting-edge manufacturing operations. That’s why we’re reaching out to help companies like yours locate in our...
New Recognition Piece Honors Businesses of the Year

Monday, February 13, 2017

A new Business Wall of Fame has been created at the Phelps County Development Corporation offices. The new recognition piece will honor local businesses or organizations that have made significant investments into Phelps County, have created jobs, taken risks or developed new products. The first two honorees have been added to the wall after being selected prior to PCDC’s 2017 Annual Meeting. They are Breinig Diesel and the Phelps County Development Corporation. Breinig Diesel is a fairly new business in the community. It opened up shop four years ago when owners Loren and Jo Breinig realized the need for a truck repair business...
New Young Professionals Group Aims to Create Community Connections

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Sun Theater date night, a St. Patty’s Day party and a local fund-raiser are just a few of the events lined up for the new Holdrege Young Professionals group that is getting into full swing this year. In 2016, PCDC Project Coordinator Alli Donohue conducted focus group meetings of Phelps County young professionals and discovered that there was a need for leadership education, social and networking opportunities and avenues to connect with local businesses and industries. As a result of those focus groups, Holdrege Young Professionals has formed to meet those needs. Tana Fye, a local attorney, attended a focus group meeting...
Osborne Gives Timeless Advice at PCDC Annual Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2017

Former Nebraska Football Coach Tom Osborne delighted a crowd of 120 PCDC supporters at the annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Taste of Texas in downtown Holdrege. Osborne spoke to the crowd about the importance of building a positive culture among businesses and organizations, how mentoring can make an impact in youth and future employees and about overcoming adversity. The former coach talked about his 42 years of influence in the Nebraska football program and how he worked to establish a culture where everyone was treated with care and kindness. “How the low man on the totem pole is treated affects everybody,”...
Managing the farm economy

Monday, February 06, 2017

Most folks with no farm experience think of the farm economy as a simple thing. Farmers grow food, and somehow or another we get to browse it at the grocery store. But that misconception couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, the agricultural and commodities sector is a complicated market that can take years to fully understand. That’s why many farmers turn to experts who can help them navigate the often-confusing world of commodities markets. One of those companies is AgWest Commodities, located in Phelps County, NE. AgWest advises producers on a one-on-one basis to determine how to maximize the rewards...
Feb. 15 Deadline Approaches for High-Demand Jobs Scholarship

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Graduating seniors, college students or underemployed workers seeking a Phelps County career are encouraged to apply for the high-demand jobs scholarships offered by the Phelps County Development Corporation and the Phelps County Community Foundation. The scholarships financially assist students studying for careers that are in high demand in Phelps County, such as nursing, agri-business and technology, diesel mechanics, engineering technology, mechatronics engineering, injection mold technology, electro-mechanical technology, tool and die making, construction trades and welding. Scholarship winners must promise to return to the county to work in one these high-demand career fields after their education. Alli Donohue, PCDC Project Coordinator, said the scholarships...
Holdrege Floral Finds New Owner

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

For the first time in more than 55 years, John Rupe can relax a little on Valentine’s Day. As of February 1, Holdrege Floral will be under new ownership as Lori Hunt of Axtell, and her father, Bill Dahl, have purchased the long-time Holdrege business. Lori and her family owned and operated Floral Expressions in Kearney for the past 15 years and will be closing operations in Kearney and moving their entire business to 518 East Ave. in downtown Holdrege. They will welcome their existing clients as well as the long-time clients served by Holdrege Floral into their new business called Holdrege...
A bright success story

Monday, January 30, 2017

Today’s industrial landscape is a complicated place, but those who master it are destined for success. One such success story, here in Phelps County, NE, is Allmand Brothers. Founded back in 1938, the company now manufactures lighting that improves the safety and security of construction worksites, and through the decades it has consistently grown and prospered. Most recently, Allmand was purchased by the Briggs&Stratton company. Those of us who work at the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC) count such success stories as a boon for everyone in our regional economy. More jobs, more growth, and more prosperity—that’s a bright light! Learn more...
Say yes to your next lucky break

Monday, January 23, 2017

If you’re an entrepreneur you know that there’s a lot of planning and hard work that predicates success. And you probably also recognize the more elusive “lucky break”—the chance encounter at coffee shop that leads to a new client; the overheard radio ad that alerts you to a new market; the tax break your golfing pal mentions in passing. Here at the Phelps County, NE Development Corporation (PCDC), we believe that lucky breaks can actually be cultivated. Oh sure, there’s some chance involved. But by being in the right place at the right time among the right people increases those chances...
Want to be your own boss?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Most entrepreneurs cite the desire to be their own boss as their top incentive. Well, be careful what you wish for! Running a business can be immensely rewarding and exciting—but it is a whole lot of work, and the pitfalls are legion. Here at the Phelps County, Nebraska’s development corporation (PCDC), we work every day with hard-working visionaries who are taking steps to run their own business. In fact, we’ve devised a series of classes, workshops, and programs—including gap funding for startups—designed to help entrepreneurs. So if you’ve been dreaming of being your own boss, get in touch with us. We can...
Crafted for quality

Monday, January 09, 2017

When it comes to your automobile, most of us want something efficient, safe, and easy on the eyes. Heavy equipment? It’s all about strength. Today’s heavy equipment industry is a remarkable network of global companies creating precise and sophisticated vehicles—that can stand up to tough usage. One of those companies is MMI International, located in Phelps County, NE. A specialized manufacturing company, MMI focuses on a handful of spreaders and mixer-feeders that are known for being extra tough. You can learn more about them at http://www.mixerfeeders.net/default.htm, and more about Phelps County at www.phelpscountyne.com.
A diverse farm economy

Monday, January 02, 2017

When they think about the ag sector, most folks tend to think about farmers. That’s natural enough, but the farm economy includes a lot of supporting business, too. From implement dealers and repair shops to banks and insurance companies, a whole lot of businesses are relying on the success of farmers. One such company here in Phelps County, NE, is Landmark Equipment. What started as a family business in the 1950s has grown into a multi-outlet sales and service company for John Deere tractors. With GPS and other precision electronics, tractors ain’t what they were in the 1950s! That means a...
Advances in Technology Force Changes in Manufacturing

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Smaller manufacturing plants with fewer and more specialized employees will be a trend in the near future. That was the message PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery heard from the recent State Chamber Economic Development Summit. Speakers included Jay Moon, president of the Mississippi Manufacturing Association; Jay Tyszko, Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Dr. Ernie Gross, economics professor at Creighton University. With technology closing the wage cost disparity, the experts said manufacturers are “reshoring” operations from counties like China and Mexico back to the United States. Those moves will also help manufacturers save on transportation costs. Technological advances also mean...
Rental Homes Planned for School Property

Sunday, January 01, 2017

A former school property may soon provide an opportunity to alleviate rental housing shortages in Holdrege and provide a boost to the tax rolls. The Holdrege City Council in December approved the sale of the former Washington Elementary School property, located between 8th and 9th streets on Burlington, to the Phelps County Development Corporation. PCDC is hoping to close on the ground in mid-January. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said he has been working with a developer on Phase I of a project, which would include the construction of 18 townhome-style rental units on the east side of the property facing Morton...
Sweeney Finds Niche in Wedding Videography

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Downtown Loomis may soon become a one-stop shop for brides and grooms as a second wedding-related business will open there in the spring of 2017. Andrew and Andi Sweeney purchased the front portion of the building at 303 Commercial St., which will house their Infinite Productions wedding videography business. It’s just down the street from the Bridal Isle, which has been located in downtown Loomis since 1984. Andi, a former part-time family and consumer science teacher at Loomis Public Schools, started Infinite Productions Handcrafted Videos after realizing that wedding videographers are far and few between in central Nebraska. She started producing wedding videos...
The 21st century farm

Monday, December 26, 2016

Juicy-sweet corn on the cob. Succulent burgers on the grill. Crisp, cool lettuce. These are some of the foods we know and love so well—foods that bring a whole host of memories and associations. To ensure we continue to enjoy all-american cuisine, today’s modern farm is a lexis of high-tech savvy and highly engineered machinery. Oh there’s still plenty of simple hard work in running a farm, but today’s farmers are truly at the cutting edge. Here in Phelps County, NE, our farmers are the most vital element of the regional economy, and they support a wide array of local industries, including...
Power your business to success

Monday, December 19, 2016

A key consideration in choosing a business location is access to power utilities at competitive rates. After all, if you can’t plug your business into a strong, affordable grid, you’ll face untold headaches and expenses. Competitive electric rates and a robust, responsive grid are some of the advantages offered by the Iron Horse Business and Industry park in Phelps County, NE. A 134-acre park designed for up to 8 businesses, the Iron Horse is serviced by the City of Holdrege with reliable, affordable power. You can learn more about Holdrege here: http://cityofholdrege.org/utilities-2/  
Good neighbors

Monday, December 12, 2016

When it comes to locating your business, good neighbors can be a key consideration. Savvy site selectors know that finding the right cluster of industries can lead to key efficiencies in the up- and down-stream supply chain. That’s why the Iron Horse Business and Industry park in Phelps County, NE could be a good choice for your business. The park is 134 acres and designed for 8 industries, one of which is the Allmand Brothers, a high-quality work-site lighting equipment manufacturing company that was recently purchased by Briggs&Stratton. Sound like a good neighbor for your business? You can browse existing properties and...
Tame your traffic

Monday, December 05, 2016

Sitting stuck in traffic is more than an inconvenience. It’s also a drain on your bottom line. It’s pretty simple: every minute stuck idling in traffic is time and resources wasted. Stacked up over a year or a decade, and the costs might surprise you. That’s one of the advantages enjoyed by businesses in Phelps County, NE. Our low traffic and uncongested driving routes get you and your products out of the door and to your destination in no time flat. And that’s money in the bank for your business! You can browse existing properties and research our community here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/properties/available-sites
Housing Study Expected to Begin in Early 2017

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A recent Targeted Industry Study showed that Phelps County employers attract a larger number of regional commuters because of the high wages paid here. Local organizations, including PCDC, see those numbers an opportunity to grow the local economy by converting commuters into full-time residents. And now, a new county-wide housing study will help community leaders make that plan a reality. “The Targeted Industry Study showed just how many people are commuting into our market, and this housing study will give us the information to make good judgments about what we do next,” said PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery. The Targeted Industry Study indicated that...
Organizations Continue Funding High-Demand Jobs Scholarships

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fifty local students could earn funds for a college education, while the local economy could see a $13.2 million benefit with the continuation of a local high-demand jobs scholarship. The Phelps County Development Corporation and the Phelps County Community Foundation have both pledged funds to continue the high-demand jobs scholarship program for another three years, giving more local students the opportunity to earn funds for college and helping local employers find workers to fill high-demand jobs. PCDC Project Coordinator Alli Donohue said the goal is to give scholarships to 50 local students in the next three years to study high-demand fields, such...
Good news for your business

Monday, November 28, 2016

If you’re looking for news and information that you can use to grow your business, then check out the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC) news and events archive. Based in Phelps County, NE, PCDC is the central business portal for the county and is connected with other opportunities for entrepreneurs all around the state. We’ve designed our website to be a one-stop shop for folks looking for success in their work and businesses. Check it out today at http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/news.
Take a step back

Monday, November 21, 2016

Here’s a problem faced by many entrepreneurs: You spend so much time juggling the myriad tasks required to run a business that you seldom have time to take a step back to assess your overall strategy. That can mean missed opportunities and tactics that fall short of best practices. Here in Phelps County, NE, we’ve started a program to help you avoid this. It’s called Business in Motion Network, and it was started to be a supportive community with tools to grow together. We bring entrepreneurs together once a month to share tips, ideas, strategies, and problem-solving. The result? A business local...
Work ethic

Monday, November 14, 2016

Starting your own business is immensely rewarding—but no one ever said it’s a walk in the park. Long hours, difficult decisions, and a lot of hard work. That’s the reality. So when it comes to your employees, you want the same dedication, the same skills, and the same smart problem solving skills that you expect from yourself. A strong labor force is just one of the reasons that entrepreneurs are attracted to Phelps County, NE. Our skilled workforce is especially suited for manufacturing and ag-related businesses.  Learn more about Phelps, and about our 134-acre Iron Horse Business and Industry park at www.phelpscountyne.com.
Built-to-suit

Monday, November 07, 2016

Most site selection processes begin with a simple choice: move into an existing structure, or start from scratch. Each has advantages—but for many businesses, the built-to-suit approach is best. The process might be more complex, but the outcome is a structure tailor-made for your needs. Here in Phelps County, NE, the Iron Horse Business and Industry park is a wide-open territory that’s waiting for enterprising businesses to build a literal and figurative foundation. Designed for up to eight businesses, the 134-acre park is shovel-ready for yours! You can browse existing properties and research our community here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/properties/available-sites
Get the inside scoop

Monday, October 31, 2016

When it comes to running a successful business, the right information at the right time can mean the difference between seizing an important opportunity—or missing the chance. Here at the Phelps County Development Corporation (PCDC), one of our primary concerns is sharing timely information that can help grow the economy in Phelps County, NE. A new grant opportunity… a little-known tax tip… an underutilized training program… These are the sorts of opportunities you can find in our newsletter. You can browse our back issues at http://ow.ly/t9kg300Qhja. While you’re there, sign up to get each issue fresh in your mailbox.  
Free Business Valuations Offered for a Limited Time

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

An important step in any succession plan is a business valuation, and for a limited time business owners may obtain that for free by working with the Phelps County Development Corporation. The Nebraska Business Development Center at UNK is offering five free valuations for Phelps County Phelps County that are recommended by PCDC. PCDC Project Coordinator Alli Donohue said any business owner that is within 10 years of retirement should obtain a business valuation, especially their business is the only business of its kind in the community. “We don’t want to risk losing important services to the community when a business owner retires,”...
Help Build a Bustling Downtown

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Downtown business owners and anyone interested in local downtown revitalization are encouraged to attend a “Downtown After 5” Webinar at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Fourth Avenue Coffee. According to the webinar organizers Save Your Town, store owners say, “We’ll stay open later when enough people come downtown to make it worth our time.” Customers say, “We’ll come downtown later when enough stores stay open late to make it worth our time.” The event will share research that shows what time most people shop and how to best target shoppers at different times of the day. It will include event ideas...
Global reach—local touch

Monday, October 24, 2016

Once upon a time, equipment like plows, tractors, and trucks were manufactured by small, local shops run by creative tinkerers willing to make the leap from horse-and-buggy days. While these early machines were truly one-of-a kind, it didn’t take long for the industry to standardize, centralize, and innovate. Today the heavy equipment industry is a global enterprise with remarkable, precision engineering and leading edge technology. Still, when it comes to purchasing and servicing such vehicles, there’s a huge advantage to working with a local company you know and trust. Such is the case at Titan Machinery, located in Phelps County, NE. Again...
Farm country

Monday, October 17, 2016

Since the founding of the nation, America’s agricultural industry has played a key role in the success of our economy. Today, that’s more true than ever. Farming and its related industries create somewhere in the neighborhood of 55,000 jobs every year. Here in Phelps County, NE, agriculture is the foundation of the regional economy, with corn, soybeans, and cattle comprising the bulk of our farming. That’s an opportunity not only for job-seekers, but for businesses that serve the farming sector. Learn more about Phelps, and about our 134-acre Iron Horse Business and Industry park at www.phelpscountyne.com.
The right talent for the job

Monday, October 10, 2016

If you are an entrepreneur, then you already know that you are only as successful as the employees who help you achieve your goals. That’s why a skilled labor force is a key consideration when choosing a location for your business. Here in Phelps County, NE, skilled labor is one of our big strengths. Our workforce is especially oriented to metal fabrication, welding, machinists, plastics, and mechatronics production line workers. And their average commute time is less than 20 minutes! Learn more about Phelps, and about our 134-acre Iron Horse Business and Industry park at www.phelpscountyne.com.  
Good Wages Attract Commuters to County

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

A recent Targeted Industry Study compiled for PCDC identified seven categories of business and industry that PCDC should target in its recruitment efforts. Along with the process, the study revealed some interesting facts about residents and workers in the county. The study proved what many in Phelps County already knew – that the county is comprised of hard-working people and has a low poverty level. But, some other findings might come as a surprise, including that the county offers above-average wages and is a large importer of workers. PCDC officials think this shows opportunity for population growth in the county and makes...
PCDC Intern Cultivates New Opportunities

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

At least three local businesses plan to offer internships in 2017 thanks to work by PCDC intern Paige Dexter during her time in Phelps County this past summer. Internships are a great tool to recruit future employees, and they can bring fresh new ideas to businesses or help with projects that have been put on the back-burner. Phil Hinrichs, owner at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Holdrege and Curtis, said he will be seeking interns interested in marketing, sales or office administration for both offices. Hinrichs said he has previously hired interns and has found that it’s a great way to evaluate a...
Find your new home here

Monday, October 03, 2016

Finding a location for your new or existing business requires a lot of research. Utilities, space, and relevant suppliers and customers are all key considerations. Here in Phelps County, NE, our Iron Horse Business and Industry park offers clear advantages in all these categories and more. With 134 acres total, chances are there’s a lot just right for your business. You can browse existing properties and research our community here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/properties/available-sites  
A Good Reason Why

Monday, September 26, 2016

Considering that many entrepreneurs start or expand their business successfully on their own, one might be left wondering - why work with Phelps County Development Corporation? The primary reason is that we can provide your business with local, regional, and state resources to help solve your problems - both as your business begins, and as it continues to grow. But working with the PCDC has a whole list of advantages: we can provide assistance and advice with finding a site, close deals on property in the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park within 30 days, customize a personalized incentives package, and...
BD Invests $100 Million in Nebraska Plant to Expand Insulin Syringe Manufacturing

Thursday, September 22, 2016

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Sept. 22, 2016 – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today announced it is investing $100 million in its Holdrege, Neb. facility to expand capacity for its insulin syringe manufacturing operations. The investment will be used for new technology and manufacturing equipment to expand capacity for BD insulin syringes. BD already produces more than 2 billion insulin syringes each year, which averages to be more than 250,000 syringes per hour. “About 40 percent of people with diabetes who inject insulin use syringes as part of their diabetes management regimen,” said Ken Miller, worldwide president of Diabetes Care for BD. “This...
Unique skill set helps new Phelps economic developer build relationships

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ron Tillery is in the business of making connections. He made a lasting one with central Nebraska when he moved to Kearney in 1986. “I felt connected and I felt a sense of ownership to the community, a responsibility to the community that I hadn’t felt before,” Tillery said. After working in television and economic development for many years, Tillery took on the role of executive director for Phelps County Development Corporation in May. Click here for the complete article.
AgWest Commodities

Monday, September 19, 2016

As a leader in the Ag Industry, Nebraska has a lot to offer for both farmers and larger businesses. AgWest Commodities has been working in the plains states for over ten years to help their clients utilize custom market plans to produce and market their goods profitably. With a 90% client retention rate, AgWest is a successful business that proves the community is on track to help new businesses succeed. For more information on AgWest Commodities (http://www.goagwest.com/) and their services, or the Phelps County Development Corporation (http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps), follow the appropriate links above.  
A Genie in a Bottle

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ever wish you were able to find a genie so that you might ask it for enough money to start or expand your business? Phelps County Development Corporation doesn’t own a genie - but they do have an $800,000 Revolving Loan Fund. The loan, designed to fill in the gap between what entrepreneurs already have and what they need, can be used for businesses in manufacturing, processing, research and development, interstate commerce, telecommunications, retail, and tourism. The money itself can be used for purchasing real estate or to expand a current venture, as well as job training. To apply for the Revolving...
Ag Home

Monday, September 05, 2016

Phelps County and the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park are available to a variety of interested businesses - but there is no denying that the County's primary strength is in the Ag Industry. With access to Nebraskan corn, soybeans, and cattle, the Ag Industry has a strong base of operation in Phelps County. Looking to diversify, the PCDC is interested in helping new or expanding businesses find a home here, particularly those interested in Manufacturing, Value-Added Ag, Plastics, and Warehousing, Logistics, and Distribution. For more information, visit the Phelps County Development Corporation website here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps
Manufacturing and Beef

Monday, August 29, 2016

While the leading industry in Phelps County is the Ag Industry, there are other local businesses that have proven to be successful. Located in Holdrege, Hawkins Manufacturing Inc. (http://www.hawkinsmfg.com/) manufactures an array of products to help the world’s best farmers be even better. Or, on the other end of the farming business, Nebraska Star Beef (http://www.nebraskastarbeef.com/) breeds, raises, produces, and ships high-quality beefs. To contact, or learn more about either business, be sure to visit their websites. Interested in starting or expanding your own business into Phelps County? Visit the Phelps County Development Corporation website (http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps) to learn how we can help...
Dexter Successful In Establishing New Internships in Phelps County

Friday, August 26, 2016

In her short time here, PCDC intern Paige Dexter interviewed 58 business owners, organized two young professional gatherings, mapped the downtown for future opportunities and accomplished her goal of encouraging five local businesses to start internship programs. “I have had a lot of really positive feedback as far as the project and business owners seeing the benefits of a young professional coming to the area and then possibly returning to live and work in the future,” Dexter said. Dexter, who is majoring in agricultural education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said her experience in Phelps County was educational and valuable. “I met numerous,...
PCDC Explores New Career Education Program

Friday, August 26, 2016

With local companies struggling to find skilled workers to fill jobs in nursing, auto-body mechanics, construction trades, diesel mechanics, welding and manufacturing trades, the Phelps County Development Corporation is researching solutions to help. A group of PCDC board members, staff and local business people visited the Career Pathways Institute in Grand Island to see how it works and explore the possibility of starting a similar program locally. The program would train local students interested in these high-demand fields while they are still in high school, making them more employable after high school or giving them a head start on college. PCDC Board President...
The Site Set For You

Monday, August 22, 2016

Without a doubt, the best place in Phelps County for new or expanding businesses is within the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park. It has plenty of space, easy access to highways and two railways, and is situated near like-minded businesses. But that doesn’t mean that the Industry Park is all that Phelps County has to offer. Oftentimes, the PCDC is working with businesses in transition, making us the first to know when a site or building may be entering the market. To get in contact with the PCDC, learn more about us, or look for available properties, you can find their...
Lifelong Friends

Monday, August 15, 2016

Throughout life, friends come and go as life changes, but in Phelps County, the Phelps County Development Corporation is here to help new and expanding businesses for as long as they need it. One of these methods of assistance is through special grant programs. These grants are offered only once ever few years, with the intent of aiding businesses with needed renovations and improvements of existing buildings. To learn more about the variety of incentives offered by the PCDC, or what we can do for your business, visit our website here: http://www.phelpscountyne.com/phelps/incentives
Fertilizing Your Business

Monday, August 08, 2016

It always helps to have a few friends or partners; in Phelps County, anyone in the Ag Industry will find a variety of potential partners already waiting. There are many different aspects to the Ag Industry, and Phelps County is home to three leaders in buying, selling, storing, and transporting grain. CHS Agri Service Center (http://www.chsagri.com/), the Scoular Company (http://www.scoularnebraska.com/holdrege), and Cargill (http://www.cargill.com/) all have large facilities available for use in Phelps County. To find your business a new home with a variety of willing partners in the ag industry, be sure to visit our PCDC website here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps
Local Cargill

Monday, August 01, 2016

Regardless if you’re a first time businessman looking to start a new local enterprise, or an established corporation looking to expand, Phelps County and the PCDC have what it takes to help your business find success. For proof of concept, just take a look at Cargill. A global company, Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Cargill’s recent $30 million expansion and new jobs demonstrated Cargill’s commitment to improving communities. Incentives offered by the Village of Atlanta in cooperation with the Phelps County Development Corporation resulted in a “win” for the community, county, and company! For...
Local News For You

Monday, July 25, 2016

Turning on a television or a computer can easily bring you News from around the world; sometimes even faster than news about your local community. In this regard, Phelps County Development Corporation can help in two ways - our news page (http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/news-&-events/news), and our electronic Newsletter (http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/news/sign-up-for-updates). The News Page keeps businesses and community members informed about a variety of topics from energy grants and high demand jobs scholarships to local business success stories. The monthly newsletter works in much the same way, but provides you with summaries, links, and important information all in a single email. For more information on either...
PCDC Approves Aggressive 5-Year Development Plan

Friday, July 22, 2016

Phelps County will have 275 new jobs, one-third of the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park will be filled and 30 commuter families will become full-time residents by 2021 with an aggressive new plan led by the Phelps County Development Corporation. A prospectus outlining funding goals and the strategic work plan for the next five years was approved by the PCDC board in July and will soon be shared with investors as the organization seeks $1.1 million in private donations to move the plan forward. The private donations will be matched with LB840 funds to cultivate a more abundant future for the...
Clean Water in Abundance

Monday, July 18, 2016

The region’s agricultural and business is dependent on water that regularly recharges in the Ogalla Aquifer, ensuring long-term success. Phelps County business,  Earth Science Labs, helps others with their water issues. The Earth Science Labs products are shipped all over the country for use in pools and spas and in treating rivers and lakes, cutting down on mussel buildup so that dam turbines may work at full capacity. For more information on the Nebraskan branch of Earth Science Labs (http://www.earthsciencelabs.com/), or the Phelps County Development Corporation (http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps), follow the respective links above.  
A Helping Hand

Monday, July 11, 2016

The goal of the PCDC is simple - inspire collaboration to bring about economic success. In Phelps County, this doesn’t just mean inside the county, but working with partners across communities, counties, states, and the country. For help from an organization on the slightly larger size, the PCDC can help your business get in contact with the United States Department of Agriculture (http://www.rd.usda.gov/). Committed to helping improve the life and communities of rural America, we can offer loans and advice, particularly for business and agricultural startups in underserved communities like those in Phelps County. For more information on similar organizations, or the...
Farm Equipment and Distribution

Monday, July 04, 2016

With open fields as far as the eye can see, it is no wonder that Nebraska is so big in the Ag Industry. In Phelps County there are more than a handful of established businesses in the field, with an infrastructure prepared to handle more. Looking to manufacture and distribute your product from the same location, or establish your company’s headquarters amidst a robust agricultural industry? All it takes is a phone call to see how your business can join the existing network of Phelps County businesses. For an example of what exists within the Phelps County network, take a look at...
Headquartered in Holdrege: Ag Businesses Thrive Beyond County

Friday, July 01, 2016

It’s no secret that Phelps County has strong agricultural roots. The black fertile soil found in this area is named “Holdrege soil,” and the aquifer below provides abundant water supplies. But, in addition to being an ideal location to grow crops, Holdrege is also a great place to grow an agricultural business. Many entrepreneurs have sprouted agricultural-related business in Holdrege, and at least six local companies started ag businesses in the area and have branched out to locations around the state and beyond with headquarters remaining in Holdrege. The leaders of these successful companies say Phelps County has a rich agricultural history and progressive...
Individual Help

Monday, June 27, 2016

The power behind rural communities is based in their ability to work together. In Phelps County, the PCDC takes this to heart, working alongside local, regional, and state partners. On the local side, businesses might be interested in the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce (http://www.holdregechamber.com/). Started in 1904, the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce continues to promote and educate business leaders while marketing the community’s amenities to attract new residents.   While the Chamber significantly supports existing businesses, the PCDC promotes further business growth by actively seeking new manufacturers, warehousing facilities, value-added ag processing plants and other economic drivers. For more information on...
Holdrege Ranked as Second Best Place to Retire in Nebraska

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Holdrege was recently ranked as the happiest place to live in Nebraska, and prior to that, the town was ranked as the best place to raise a family in Nebraska. Now, a new study has ranked Holdrege as the second best place in Nebraska to retire by SmartAsset, a company that offers online tools for financial decision making. According to SmartAsset, “Retirement is an opportunity for meeting new people and experiencing new things, and according to a new study Holdrege is among the best places to do it in Nebraska.” Karen Stute worked for Holdrege’s largest employer (BD) for more than 40 years...
Intern Paving Way for Future Interns in Phelps County

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The work of a Phelps County Development Corporation intern this summer could help area business owners reap the benefits of interns in the future. PCDC has hired Paige Dexter, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in agricultural education, to help with several programs this summer, including showing local business owners how interns can be a valuable asset. With their up-to-date knowledge and passion for their career areas, interns offer unique and fresh knowledge to any business. And, internships can be an important recruiting tool for employers who are trying to attract new talent. Throughout the summer, Dexter will meet with owners...
Scholarship Recipients Return Home to Jobs

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As PCDC announces the third round of high-demand jobs scholarships, the fruits of the labor are becoming evident as previous scholarship winners return home to local jobs. After two years of studying at Central Community College in Hastings, Evan Dow is now enjoying a full-time job as an apprentice electrician at K & D Motor and Electric in Holdrege. “The scholarship was very important,” Dow said. “It got me through most of the schooling. It made things a lot easier.” And at age 20, Dow has already accomplished another American dream by purchasing his first home in Holdrege. His roommate is Kelly Thorell,...
Medical Manufacturing

Monday, June 20, 2016

Although the main focus of Nebraska industries is on Ag, there are a variety of businesses that have been able to find success across both Nebraska and Phelps County. One of these businesses is BD (http://www.bd.com/), a medical technology company that helps all people live healthy lives. With a focus on manufacturing, BD supplies healthcare institutions, life science researchers, and clinical labs with a broad range of equipment. Many local businesses, like BD, are able to reach and maintain success in Phelps County thanks to the PCDC. With programs to encourage students to consider manufacturing and other high demand careers, the Phelps...
Small Business Assistance

Monday, June 13, 2016

Whether starting a new business, or expanding a small enterprise, it might feel overwhelming to handle everything alone - but Phelps County has you covered. Working with Phelps County Development Corporation doesn’t set a limit on who you can ask for help. As the PCDC finds partners and networks, we can introduce your business, providing advice, financial options, and more. For small businesses in particular, the region has multiple organizations to help your business find and maintain a course to success. The Nebraska Business Development Center (http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/kearney/) has nearly 40 years of experience with small businesses, not to mention a long list...
A Friendly Neighbor

Monday, June 06, 2016

Just like being the new kid in school requires a few friends to make life easy, having a friendly neighbor next to your new or expanding businesses’ new home is essential. With a list of benefits that range from local railway and highway access to a reliable and skilled workforce, the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park is the best place in Phelps County for new and expanding businesses. Right next door is Allmand Brothers, a Briggs & Stratton company. The business is dedicated to the community and to making construction sites brighter, warmer, and safer. For more information on Phelps County...
Reference and Referral

Monday, May 30, 2016

While the problems of your business are on a different scale than that of the President’s, Phelps County Development Corporation believes that you should have access to qualified individuals and organizations to give your business the advice it needs. Of course, there are a lot of different problems that your new or expanding business might encounter, and the PCDC might not have all the answers - but we have friends who might. Serving as a reference and referral source, Phelps County Development Corporation can connect businesses with experts and organizations from across the state. Need to connect with other businesses in...
Social Social Media

Monday, May 23, 2016

The “social” in social media doesn’t have to be about friends - it can be about networking and finding business partners or those who can help you. Whether you’re an entrepreneur with an idea or an existing business interested in expanding, the Phelps County Development Corporation is here to help you reach your goals. With an expanding network that can provide local businesses with incentives, aid, and advice, the PCDC works to provide a bright future for local communities and the businesses that support them. For more information, visit any of our following social media pages, or our website, below: PCDC: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhelpsCountyDevelopmentCorporation/ Linkdin:...
Tools for Advice

Monday, May 16, 2016

Whether looking for help or attempting to start or expand a business on your own, the process can be overwhelming. Thanks to experts and partners throughout the community, Phelps County Development Corporation can offer tools to help make your life less stressful. From finding money and employees to discovering how to expand your business, the Tools for Business part of the website provides advice, information, and links to external sources. Prefer to work with a human rather than a document? The PCDC can work with your business in a variety of ways: one-on-one coaching or in a network with your peers....
New Director Aims to Create a Culture of Collaboration

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Building a culture of cooperation and partnerships is a priority for PCDC’s new Executive Director Ron Tillery. During his 17 years leading economic development efforts in Buffalo County, he helped attract and establish major businesses and attractions to the area, including Xpanxion Software, Chief Agri and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. But, Tillery said the accomplishment he’s most proud of is helping develop a culture of collaboration. “It’s a culture that was developed by continually building partnerships and collaborations,” he said. “We learned how to work together to make things happen. Sometimes, you set aside your own personal ideas and goals...
Study Reveals Campaign Support

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Phelps County Development Corporation board has voted to move forward with a fund-raising campaign to support a five-year strategic plan after a recent feasibility study showed significant support. “We have investors who believe in Phelps County,” PCDC Board President Fred Diedrichsen said of the report’s findings, which were shared with the board in April. The study showed that a $1.1 million fund-raising campaign is attainable, but potential funders offered options to refine the strategic plan. PCDC hired Convergent Nonprofit Solutions to gather input and determine if there was support for the original $3.9 million plan to increase population, spur housing development, support...
A History of Success

Monday, May 09, 2016

Integrated into the community in 1998, the Phelps County Development Corporation has been helping local businesses succeed. In 2000, we helped the Allmand Bros. with a loan, allowing the company to expand. Over 15 years later and both the PCDC and the Allmand Bros. are successful and expanding. Allmand Bros. was acquired by Briggs & Stratton to diversify Briggs’ product line into job site equipment. The PCDC continues to help new and expanding businesses with gap financing as well as site selection and a small business networking program. By funding the organization in five year increments, we plan on being around...
Trainway

Monday, May 02, 2016

Planes, trains, and automobiles! For Phelps County Nebraska, the most important of the three is trains - the NKCR and BNSF railways. Stretching across the United States, the NKCR railway provides businesses of the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park access to a far-reaching market via the BNSF railway. With an extensive network, the these railways will provide new and expanding businesses with an extensive support network. For more information on the BNSF railway, or the Phelps County Development Corporation, visit our respective websites below: BNSF Railway - http://www.bnsf.com/ PCDC - http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/properties/available-sites
Hear Nebraska’s Good Living Tour Expands to 12 Greater Nebraska Communities in Second Year

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hear Nebraska is pleased to announce the 12 Greater Nebraska host cities and dates of the Good Living Tour storytelling and concert series project. Following the success of the inaugural tour in 2015, which featured nine communities, the 2016 Good Living Tour will again mix storytelling and live music to celebrate the unique livelihood available in Greater Nebraska. The tour route is as follows: Thursday, July 21: Ord Friday, July 22: Kearney Saturday, July 23: Grand Island Sunday, July 24: Red Cloud Thursday, July 28: Hastings Friday, July 29: Norfolk Saturday, July 30: Lyons Sunday, July 31: O’Neill Thursday, Aug. 4: Grant Friday, Aug. 5: Sidney Saturday, Aug. 6: Imperial Sunday, Aug....
Location of Ease

Monday, April 25, 2016

If you ask anyone in Phelps County where the best site for new and expanding businesses is located, they’ll tell you to take a look at the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park. Located less than a mile from highway 183 and highway 6, or less than 20 minutes from I-80, local business owners, as well as the region's excellent workforce, experience low traffic and short commutes. With easy access to two railways, competitive electrical prices, and friendly neighbor in Allmand Brothers, the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park can support up to eight businesses, with space still available.     For more...
A Suitable Partner

Monday, April 18, 2016

Starting or expanding a business is a lot of work - almost too much work to handle alone. In Phelps County, a partner is already waiting for you. As experts in assisting new and expanding businesses, Phelps County Development Corporation exists to help entrepreneurs find suitable locations, financial aid, skilled workers, and network throughout the community. But the advantages to working alongside Phelps County Development Corporation don’t stop there. As your business continues to expand, we will work alongside your company, helping to alleviate developing issues and keep your business on the track to success. For more information on the services we...
Interviews Begin For New PCDC Director

Monday, April 11, 2016

The search is almost over for a new executive director to lead the Phelps County Development Corporation into the next season of growth.   So far, 19 candidates have applied for the position, including several local prospects and some from the east coast and northern states.   “I was happy to see that this position was regarded highly by so many with no direct ties to this area,” said Doug Stevenson, chairman of the search committee. “In the same breath, we have some great candidates locally and in the state that are very interested in Phelps County.”   Although the deadline for resumes is April 15,...
PCDC Invests in Future Workers With New Program

Monday, April 11, 2016

One student’s eyes lit up when she asked questions about starting a bakery. Another student showed an interest in a future writing career and was curious about college choices.   The students were among 45 high school freshman from Loomis, Bertrand and Axtell, who attended a Connecting the Dots career exploration event at the Phelps County Ag Center on March 30.   Connecting the Dots is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension program that has been offered to high school students across Nebraska. It is designed to help teens learn more about careers of interest and how to “connect the dots” from ninth grade through...
Star Wars

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Star Wars have once again entered theaters around the world, pitting large scale conglomerates against little, soul-searching communities. But back home, in Phelps County, there doesn’t need to be any aggression between businesses and local communities - no matter the size of the business. The Phelps County Development Corporation interviews business leaders regularly, flushing out issues and concerns, and addressing the problems quickly and smoothly. To introduce an issue, work alongside the PCDC, or find more information, visit our website here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/pcdc/services
Iron Horse Business and Industry Park

Monday, April 04, 2016

Regardless of location, the major factors in choosing a site for your new or expanding business depends upon the available workforce, incentives, and access to amenities. In Phelps County, Nebraska, the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park provides businesses with all of these benefits and more. Located on the NKCR railway, the location provides 134 acres prepared for a variety of businesses. For more information on the Park, their prices, or their proximity to I-80, visit the PCDC website here: http://phelpscountyne.com/phelps/properties/available-sites  
Gov. Ricketts Highlights Global Success of the STEP Program in Nebraska

Monday, March 28, 2016

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director (DED) Courtney Dentlinger joined Nebraska small business owners and representatives of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to highlight the success of the State Trade and Export Program (STEP) grant program in Nebraska. "The global economy is becoming increasingly important to the success of small businesses in our state,” said Governor Ricketts. “By building trade relationships with countries around the world, our businesses can grow at home, create good-paying jobs in their communities, and Grow Nebraska.” Click here for the complete article.
Cranes Lure Site Selectors to Central Nebraska

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The annual Sandhill Crane migration gave the Phelps County Development Corporation and other area economic development agencies the perfect opportunity to show that Central Nebraska is more than ‘just for the birds.’   Three site selectors were invited to the area to experience the sights and sounds of the annual Sandhill Crane migration. During their visit to Kearney, PCDC and other agencies shared presentations about the sights and sounds of their communities and potential business opportunities.   The site selectors work with businesses across the county to help them locate suitable business locations.   “This opportunity helps us build a relationship with three individuals who can...
PCDC Connects Business Owners to Resources

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Phelps County Development Corporation has a tool box full of ways to help local businesses thrive.   Succession planning, new product lines and loans and grants are just some of the ways that PCDC can help business owners.   Hawkins Manufacturing General Manager Karen Aldama said she is grateful for PCDC’s tip that led her company to receive a $5,000 training grant to train her employees in LEAN manufacturing principles.   “PCDC has been an enormous resource for me, especially with all the contacts they have, and they have been able to steer us toward other economic development opportunities,” Aldama said.   Here are some other ways...
The first annual Governor’s Summit will be held on July 12th in Lincoln

Monday, March 21, 2016

-Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Governor’s Office and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will host a first-of-its-kind “Governor’s Summit on Economic Development” in Lincoln on July 12, 2016. This summit will serve as an annual avenue for Nebraska’s business and economic development community members to share ideas and provide input to state government in key policy areas including workforce development, tax policy, and business attraction. “The summit will bring together Nebraskans who are dedicated to growing our state,” said Governor Ricketts. “This event will provide an annual opportunity for Nebraska’s business and economic development community members to...
PCDC Annual Meeting Celebrates Investors and Volunteers

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Phelps County Development Corporation celebrated donors and volunteers who “shined the light on a brighter Phelps County future” at a light-hearted annual meeting Thursday, February 18, at the Holdrege Country Club.   The successful LB840 campaign, $30,000 in local scholarships, the naming and marketing of the New Iron Horse Business & Industry Park and the sale of ground for a local business expansion are some of the 2015 accomplishments that volunteers and donors made possible.   Nearly 100 volunteers helped with the LB840 campaign, which resulted in an 83 percent vote in favor of renewing the half-cent tax for economic development in the...
PCDC Gathers Investor Input On Prosperity Project II Plan

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Confidential interviews will be conducted with local business owners and community leaders during the next several weeks to determine whether it makes sense to conduct a fund-raising campaign to support economic development in the next five years.   The PCDC board of directors outlined an aggressive 5-year plan to support current businesses, increase population, spur housing development, and attract a new tenant for the Iron Horse Business & Industry Park.   The price tag for the plan is $3.9 million. The half-cent LB840 sales tax approved by voters in November 2015 is expected to generate close to $2.4 million between 2017 and 2021, leaving...
PCDC’s new business and industry park has a new name that highlights the community’s strength and work ethic.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Phelps County’s Business & Industry Park has a new name.   After months of brainstorming, discussion and surveys both in and outside of Phelps County, the name Iron Horse Business and Industry Park rose to the top.   The Phelps County Development Corporation Board approved the name at its September meeting and will soon begin promoting the new name to attract businesses to the 134-acre parcel west of Holdrege.   Iron Horse Depot is the name of Holdrege’s train station, and the name Iron Horse has been used in the past to describe steam locomotives. The name highlights one of the business and industry park’s key...
Neighbors lose jobs, Grants to Hire/Train Them

Thursday, October 15, 2015

With every challenge comes opportunity. The change in commodity prices (corn, soybeans, and oil and gas) are beginning to take a toll on some of our local employers. Tough decisions have had to be made, and employers have had to let good people go. Some of our friends, family members, and neighbors are looking for a new job. If you are a Phelps County business owner or manager, you know that one of our county’s greatest challenges has been our low unemployment rate. Some of you have been seeking just that right candidate for a job that’s been open for some...
Hotel Study Concludes More Rooms Needed in Holdrege

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A recent study showed a need for a new 40-room hotel in Holdrege.   Feedback from area business owners prompted the Phelps County Development Corporation to hire Core Distinction Group to conduct a hotel feasibility study this summer.   PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken said local employers were saying that their visitors were more frequently staying in Kearney because of a lack of available hotel rooms in Holdrege.   “And, we've known for some time that new employees have been choosing to reside outside Phelps County when housing isn’t readily available,” she said. “Both situations negatively impact the economy.”   The hotel study recommended that 60 percent of...
What Can LB840 Do for YOU?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The local option sales tax has provided many new opportunities for Holdrege entrepreneurs since it began in 2003.   From business transitions to façade improvements, the tax has provided incentives to kept business growing in the county.   Monica Ehlers, owner of the E-Klips Salon at 303 West Ave. in downtown Holdrege, earned one of 12 grants awarded in 2014 to business owners to freshen up their store fronts.   With PCDC’s façade improvement grant, Ehlers purchased a new sign and awning for her salon and spruced up the front of her building.   Ehlers said prior to the changes, some residents didn’t know her business was a...
Plastics Manufacturers Sought by PCDC

Friday, April 17, 2015

With a 134-acre business and industry park now available in Phelps County, work has begun to recruit new companies to the new site. In addition to PCDC’s advertising in trade publications, another effective way to market the space is by attending trade shows. Monica Boyken, Executive Director of the Phelps County Development Corporation, attended the International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, Fla., in late March to make connections for that reason. Boyken said she was “very happy” that Phelps County had a presence at the event with more than 60,000 plastics industry professionals. At the show, Nebraska Public Power District sponsored a booth highlighting...
USDA Rural Development is Seeking Applications to Provide Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Grants and Loans in Rural Areas

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  REAP is available to agricultural producers and rural small for-profit businesses to complete energy efficiency improvements or install a renewable energy system to their current farm or business operations.    Grants and guaranteed loans may be used for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency equipment and renewable energy systems, such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) units, lighting, windows, pivots or sub-surface drip tape systems as well as, irrigation engines or motors, variable frequency drives, grain dryers, geothermal systems, solar panels, wind turbines, and aneorobic digesters.    Grants...
Holdrege recertifies for economic progress

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Article By: Kearney Hub   |   Jessica Kokesh HOLDREGE — Holdrege has been re-certified for another five years in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. Sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the certification allows communities to be identified and documented as ready for economic development opportunities. “(The re-certification) puts us in best-practices state of mind,” said Monica Boyken, executive director of Phelps County Development Corp. “It’s more about the journey going through those best practices, and we know the final results are going to be solid economic development.” Holdrege first earned certification in 2006 and re-certification...
Supporting Businesses Like YOURS

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Part of the mission of the Phelps County Development Corporation is to retain existing businesses and provide the support they need. Here are two upcoming opportunities to help businesses to recruit potential new employees and educate current employees on marketing opportunities.   InternNE.com: Showcase your business to college students in this program sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. It centralizes internship opportunities in the state under one site and allows businesses to get direct access to college students’ resumes. It also offers a grant program that may provide grants of up to 50 percent, or $5,000 of the cost of...
High sees land, water and business leader support as Phelps County assets

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Michele High moved to the Bertrand area as a young bride in 1973. “I loved it out here,” she said. “I fell in love with Bertrand and the people.” Her new neighbors kindly taught her the basics of farm life and how to garden and can the harvest. It was a different lifestyle from what she was used to. She was born in Washington, D.C., and began her elementary schooling in Damascus, Syria, where her family was living at the time. She attended an all-girls French school. Her family later moved to Maryland, where she graduated from high school. But, farming was in...
New High Demand Jobs Scholarship Helps High School Grads, Underemployed

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Does your business need skilled labor? Have you ever found yourself wondering why that highly-competent, minimum-wage-earner at the drive-thru isn’t working for you? How many talented high school students have slipped through the cracks, moving on to a job exactly like the one you have to offer but in another county? It’s time to take advantage of these situations. Let’s bring kids back home after their training and get those hard workers on your payroll. A new scholarship made available through the Phelps County Development Corporation can help anyone who is in need of training receive the education they need to...
PCDC and Partners Commission Event Center Study

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

A new event center could be in Phelps County’s future. The Phelps County Development Corporation and a local funding coalition have partnered to hire Core Distinction Group to conduct a market feasibility study to determine if a community convention and event center is needed and could be sustained in Phelps County. The study will be funded by a group of community organizations and individuals who recognize the perceived potential for a local facility to host special events, celebrations, corporate meetings and seminars. The study will establish the actual market potential and the characteristics of a facility to meet that potential.  PCDC will be...
High-Demand Jobs Scholarships Bring Students Home

Monday, June 26, 2017

A fourth round of high-demand jobs scholarships has been awarded to students studying for careers that will bring them back to Phelps County. And, local employers are starting to see the benefits as several previous scholarship winners have returned home to work. “Now, we are starting to reap the real benefits,” said PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery. Jamie Bialas, a 2014 graduate of Holdrege High School was among the first group of students to receive this scholarship in 2014. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this spring (in just three years!) with a degree in agricultural economics and is now working...
Makerspaces Inspire Creators & Entrepreneurs

Monday, June 26, 2017

In another step to help empower local entrepreneurs, the Phelps County Development Corporation recently led a group of local residents on a tour of the Nebraska Innovation Studio and its makerspace studio. A makerspace is a collaborative work space that houses high-tech equipment that can be shared among students or adults to foster creativity or entrepreneurship. Alli Donohue, former PCDC Project Coordinator, said she was encouraged by local business owners to learn about the program and possibly bring together groups interested in starting a local makerspace. “The makerspace inspires people who are artists or creators to have the resources they need to create...
PCDC Helps Local Building Owners with New Landfill Grants

Monday, June 26, 2017

When local business owners who are trying to make improvements run into roadblocks, PCDC tries to find ways to remove those barriers. That’s what spurred the creation of a new grant to help pay landfill fees associated with gutting and renovating a building. Former PCDC Project Coordinator Alli Donohue said they noticed a trend when local business owners repeatedly made requests at Holdrege City Council meetings for the city to waive landfill fees to help reduce the costs associated with renovating buildings. The city was unable to grant those requests, so PCDC stepped in. Donohue said any business owner who is renovating a downtown...
Donohue Thankful For Small-Town Opportunity

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PCDC will be seeking a new team member after Alli Donohue announced her resignation effective May 22. Alli, who is originally from Pennsylvania, will be moving closer to her extended family with her husband and 1-year-old son at the end of the month. Alli and her husband, Patrick, moved to Holdrege in 2013 right after they married. Alli began her PCDC job in November 2014 and worked to successfully renew the LB840 sales tax, expanded the Business in Motion group, started the Holdrege Young Professionals and a Steps to Start Up program for new businesses. Alli and Patrick purchased and lived in...
Operations Manager Hired at Allmand Bros.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jim Kaplinksi has been hired as the Operations Manager for Allmand Bros./Briggs & Stratton’s Holdrege site. Jim, who has more than 15 years of operational leadership experience in manufacturing, was scheduled to begin work in Holdrege on May 17. Jim has worked for the past 15 years at Actuant/Milwaukee Cylinder, where he was responsible for managing assembly, paint, safety, quality, delivery, manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, maintenance and scheduling. Prior to his role at Actuant, Jim was the director of operations at Revtek Inc. and D & S Machine Products, where he was responsible for coordinating and directing the day-to-day activities for all aspects...
Mindset Matters Shows How Problems Can Be Opportunities

Monday, April 17, 2017

A new class designed to teach employees and business owners how to recognize opportunities and turn ideas into action is being offered in Holdrege. The Phelps County Development Corporation is involved in a partnership between the South Central Economic Development District and the PK Partnership to bring Mindset Matters to business owners and employees in the area. The Mindset Matters class is an eight-week class based on lessons taught in the book “Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Lessons from and Unlikely Entrepreneur.” Janita Pavelka, a local entrepreneur, is a trained facilitator for the “Ice House” class and will teach the local...
Boehler Proud to Serve County with Great People

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Janet Boehler has spent her entire life in Phelps County, growing up in Loomis and now living and working in Holdrege. That’s plenty of time to realize one of Phelps’s County’s greatest assets – its people. “We have a lot of commitment and loyalty in this community,” she said. “I think everybody in this community wants to help.” Janet is one of those people who loves to serve and will now be sharing her time and talents, along with other dedicated Phelps County residents, as a member of the Phelps County Development Corporation’s board of directors. She was elected to the position...
PCDC Annual Meeting Features Tom Osborne

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Two local entities will be honored and a state celebrity will speak at PCDC’s annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9, making the event a fun community celebration. “We’re introducing this new format for our annual meeting to open it up to more people, to convene in a festive environment to celebrate as a community,” PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery said. “We want people to hear about our activities but also to enjoy being together.” A highlight of the event will be hearing from Tom Osborne, former Nebraska football coach, U.S. Congressional Representative and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletic Director. Osborne founded the TeamMates...
Generating Leads for New Business

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Phelps County presence at a worldwide metal fabricating and welding conference in Las Vegas may help generate future business and jobs locally. PCDC Executive Director Ron Tillery attended the FABTECH show in Las Vegas in November to promote Phelps County to businesses or manufacturers looking to expand and relocate. FABTECH is described as a “celebration of the strength of manufacturing.” Attendees can see, touch and learn about the latest innovations in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. Exhibitors can meet prospects and buyers from around the world. Nebraska Public Power District hosted the team promoting Nebraska at this year’s event. Seven communities were represented, including...
PCDC Connects Local Properties to National Database

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Promoting local business opportunities to a larger audience is about to become easier. PCDC is assisting local commercial property owners in connecting to a national database called LOIS, Location One Information System. It is where site selectors and business owners go to find opportunities to relocate, purchase, lease or build. PCDC properties, such as the Iron Horse Business & Industry Park, are already advertised on the list. But, the database could also benefit any local property owners with land or buildings for sale or lease. After a recent assessment discovered more than 16 vacant commercial buildings in the community, PCDC Project Coordinator Alli...
Allmand Bros. Rebounds With New Product, Diversification

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tough times in the oil industry have forced Allmand Bros. leaders to rethink their operations, diversify and get creative. The local manufacturing company is now gearing up for increased sales this winter and is scrambling to hire workers to keep up with demand. “Right now, I can’t get enough people in,” said Andrea Malleck, Human Resource Manager at Allmand Bros. “I’m begging for workers.” The oil industry slump occurred shortly after Alllmand Bros. sold to the Briggs & Stratton Corporation two years ago. It caused the local manufacturing plant to make hard financial decisions that led to a more than 50 percent...
Governor Ricketts Praises Phelps County

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More than $700,000 has been raised so far in the Prosperity Project II Campaign that kicked off on Thursday, October 13, at Allmand Brothers. The kickoff event and celebration attracted nearly 90 local and state leaders and investors, including Governor Pete Ricketts, Department of Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger and State Senator John Kuehn. Gov. Ricketts, who gave the keynote address, said he attended the celebration to encourage and support economic development efforts. “You are doing exactly the right thing, which is why I am here,” he said. “We are here to support you.” The Prosperity Project II campaign is part of the funding...
How to Start a Business: Step-By-Step Local Guide Available

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The entrepreneurial spirit is growing in Phelps County, and PCDC is a great first stop for anyone exploring the steps involved in starting a new business. PCDC Project Coordinator Alli Donohue said in the last two months, she has fielded five inquiries from entrepreneurs seeking advice and assistance in starting a new business. That is quite a bit more than the one call she usually receives every few months. Although she’s not sure what has spurred the recent increased interest in starting a business, Donohue said she is happy to help. And, PCDC is the best place for local entrepreneurs to start...
PCDC Sees Bio Science Opportunities

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Involvement in a new biosciences trade organization could lead to potential business prospects for Phelps County. PCDC recently joined Bio Nebraska to build relationships with companies working in biosciences. “This is more exploratory on our part,” Tillery said. “It’s a good place to make connections. Sometimes, with those connections, you can connect the dots.” Bio Nebraska was established in 2005. Its mission is to champion biotechnology and advocate for its member organizations to promote academic, industry, and government partnerships to foster the growth of life sciences in Nebraska. According to its website, Nebraska biotechnology researchers “expand the boundaries of science to benefit mankind by...
High Becomes PCDC Treasurer After Benjamin Retires

Friday, August 26, 2016

Long-time PCDC board member Karen Benjamin has resigned from the PCDC board after her retirement from Great Western Bank in June. Karen served on the PCDC board for 5 1/2 years and was recently serving as the board’s Treasurer, a role that fit her well considering her longtime banking career. Karen worked in the same bank location in downtown Holdrege for 35 years, surviving four name changes. When she started, the bank was First Security Bank. It then changed to United Nebraska and then to TierOne Bank before becoming Great Western Bank. She served as a lending assistant for 23 years and...
New 5-Year Plan at Top of PCDC Work

Friday, August 26, 2016

A new strategic plan, a campaign feasibility study, selling ground for a business expansion, student scholarships and business grants were some of the PCDC accomplishments presented to the LB840 Citizen’s Advisory Review Committee at the mid-year review on August 10. The committee accepted the report as presented. Members of the review committee are: Ron Carey, Lisa Havens, Dale Herrington, Dane Jensen, Rochelle Jurgens, Lenore Kayton, Jeanette Nedrig and Diana Watson. This “watchdog” report serves to document the functioning and progress of Holdrege’s economic development program led by PCDC each six months. The Citizens’ Advisory Committee reports its findings and suggestions concerning the program...
Intern Connects With 54 Business Owners

Friday, July 22, 2016

PCDC summer intern Paige Dexter has been hitting the pavement in Phelps County this summer talking to area business owners to encourage internship programs and discover future business opportunities. “I have had a lot of really positive feedback as far as the project and business owners seeing the benefits of a young professional coming to the area and then possibly returning to live and work in the future,” Dexter said. One goal of her work here is for at least five business owners in Phelps County to hire interns in by the summer of 2017, and she is well on her way...
PCDC Prepares for Prosperity Project II

Friday, July 22, 2016

PCDC volunteers and staff are gearing up for a $1.1 million campaign this fall with continued behind-the-scenes work, including refining the strategic plan based on public and investor input, identifying key campaign leaders and investors and developing communication pieces and branding. As new Executive Director Ron Tillery begins his work in Phelps County, the board is working closely with him to set the direction and generate resources to spark growth and development in the next five years. PCDC is drawing near the end of its current five-year strategic plan for 2012-2016. The plan, which was funded through LB840 sales tax funds and...
Phelps County Has Potential to Attract Young Professionals

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friendly people, safe neighborhoods, cultural opportunities, short commutes and local residents’ willingness to invest in the community’s future all make Phelps County attractive to young professionals. However, a lack of restaurants, tight housing and rental housing markets and few public gathering places besides bars can be detriments. These were comments collected from young professionals at recent gatherings to explore ideas for recruiting and welcoming new residents to Phelps County and connecting them to the community once they arrive. The events were organized by PCDC intern Paige Dexter, along with assistance from Project Coordinator Alli Donohue. Staci Trumble, who works at BD in the purchasing...
Congratulations to Janssen & Sons

Friday, July 01, 2016

PCDC would like to congratulate Dan Janssen and Janssen & Sons Ford on the opening of its new location on West Highway 6 & 34 in June. Janssen & Sons purchased the 5.5-acre parcel for its new store from the Phelps County Development Corporation in the fall of 2015, and PCDC assisted with the successful tax-increment financing application for the project. The new store gives the dealership about 5,000 more square feet of space and a new quick-service lane that allows customers to come in for vehicle oil changes, tire patches and other minor repairs without  an appointment. Janssen Ford is one of...
Diedrichsen Leads With Action

Monday, April 11, 2016

PCDC’s Board President Fred Diedrichsen received the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce’s Trailblazer of the Year award at the April 8 banquet.   The award recognizes an outstanding leader in the business community.   Fred, a retired Holdrege dentist, has served on the PCDC board since 2012 and as president of the organization for the past year.   “If I am a trailblazer, I can only think of all the other trailblazers there have been in Holdrege to get Holdrege to where it is today,” Fred said in his award acceptance speech. “If a person is to be successful as a trailblazer, he certainly needs a...
Shape the Future of Local & State Business Programs By Taking 6-Minute Survey

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Business owners, service providers and lenders in rural Nebraska are encouraged to take a few minutes to complete the 2016 statewide small business needs assessment sponsored by the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP).   Answers to the survey provide critical information to REAP and to statewide agencies and local development corporations on the best way to support small or large businesses in the future.   This is the fifth year that the biennial survey has been conducted, and it has provided feedback that has resulted in new classes and special business programs from REAP and other organizations.   Dena Beck, senior project leader for REAP, said...
PCDC Seeks Director Applications By April 15

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The search is on for a new PCDC executive director.   “The person we are looking for will lead, promote, and help us move our community forward,” said Doug Stevenson, chairman of the search committee. “This Phelps County area is a special community. We don’t settle for “OK” or “good enough.” We expect the best of ourselves, our families and our community. It is our goal to find that special individual that will expect the same of themselves and lead us to a better community.”   PCDC’s current director, Monica Boyken, has announced her resignation and will stay on board until a new director is hired to...
Now Hiring Executive Director

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Phelps County Development Corporation is seeking a dynamic, outgoing Executive Director who enjoys meeting, promoting and working with people!   The right candidate will direct our Economic Development growth and promote the new Iron Horse Industrial Park on the edge of Holdrege (pop. 5300). Business retention and expansion is the number one objective of this position with job creation a serious second.   POSITION REQUIREMENTS Excellent communication skills and the ability to influence people Build relationships and make presentations at every opportunity Maintain confidentiality Experience in economic development and/or business development preferred Completion of bachelor’s degree preferred Valid Nebraska driver’s license required, ability to be bonded Overnight and Out of...
Boyken Announces Resignation to Start New Business

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Phelps County Development Corporation will be seeking a new executive director in 2016 to lead economic development efforts as the organization forges ahead with a recently renewed LB840 sales tax and a 134-acre business and industry park that awaits new or expanding businesses.   Monica Boyken, who has led PCDC for eight years, announced in October to the PCDC board of directors that she would resign in 2016.   “I let the board of directors know that I wanted to live out my life-long dream of owning my own business,” Boyken said.   Boyken, a South Dakota native, has spent most of her career in...
Diversification, New Products Key to Allmand’s Future

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The recent downturn in the oil and gas industry has affected one of the county’s largest employers, Allmand Bros.   Dale Sanders, vice president and general manager at Allmand Bros., said the company currently employs 125 workers, which is down 15-20 percent in the past six months as the result of layoffs.   “These layoffs are in direct reaction to the declining oil and gas markets,” Sanders said, explaining that many of Allmand’s products are used in oil field production and exploration. With oil prices at a 12-year low, exploration and production activities have slowed or stopped.   “As these businesses slow or close, many have...
Take Your Business to the Next Level with FREE Business in Motion Networking Group

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

How can your business turn mistakes into opportunities? What are leading businesses in your industry doing to provide superior customer service?   These were a few of the lessons learned from the recent Business in Motion meeting coordinated by the Phelps County Development Corporation.   Business in Motion started as a way for Phelps County entrepreneurs to set aside time from the daily grind of running a business to network, set goals and plan for the future of their businesses.   The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Fourth Avenue Coffee, 612 E. 4th Ave., and any business owner...
Detours Disappear, New Streets Open

Monday, January 04, 2016

Residents of Holdrege can finally travel through town without dodging detours.   Construction was completed in November on a new Highway 6 & 34 east entrance to the city. Business owners in that area were glad to have traffic cruising in front of their businesses again and to have a beautiful new highway and sidewalks with decorative brick.   When visitors enter Holdrege from the east, they now see a “thriving and prosperous looking community,” Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol Rapstine said. “When you pull into a rural town with a highway full of cracks and potholes, you get the sense...
EDGE Gives Boost to Local Businesses

Monday, January 04, 2016

Aspiring brew masters, a professional organizer and two owners of a local clothing boutique are among the participants of the  2015 EDGE class.   From business plans to marketing advice, networking and hearing from successful community leaders, EDGE (Enhancing, Developing and Growing Entrepreneurs) participants agreed that the 12-week class has given them the tools to grow and improve their businesses.   Mark Kraus, who moved to Holdrege in December 2014, changed his business plan from a four-page document to a 40-page detailed plan after taking the class.   Kraus and his brother-in-law, Jason Hines, are owners of Lost Way Brewing Company and are hoping to open...
First State Bank Remodel Complete

Monday, January 04, 2016

A lobby and office remodel has been completed at the First State Bank of Holdrege. Branch president James Arnold said the remodel, which began in July, included creating new customer service offices and moving the teller area so that tellers can serve both walk-up customers and drive-through customers from the same area. All ag lenders are also now located on the main floor so customers won’t have to climb stairs to see their bankers. The grays, oranges, browns and greens in the new lobby match a mural in the bank that was created by Holdrege native Jane Wilson. The bank...
Learn, Network at Business in Motion

Monday, January 04, 2016

Are you a business owner who wants to learn more about time management, marketing or other issues your business may be facing? Glean knowledge from other proprietors and learn from a national business program at PCDC’s monthly Business in Motion meeting.   Business in Motion started as a way for Phelps County entrepreneurs to set aside time from the daily grind of running a business to network, set goals and plan for the future of their businesses.   The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Fourth Avenue Coffee, 612 E. 4th Ave.   Wendell Connell, partner in Edgren Building,...
Loan Fund Grows, Increasing Ability to Helps Businesses

Monday, January 04, 2016

In the past 12 years, the Phelps County Development Corporation has loaned $2 million to 24 businesses through its revolving loan fund.   In 2002, the local option municipal sales tax for economic development had generated just shy of $40,000. PCDC put $36,000 of it to work in 2003 by issuing two loans, one for a startup and the other to attract a new business.   By 2009, the PCDC board had set up a mechanism to set aside some funds specifically to build the size of the reserves. Between the savings plan and the interest on loans, the fund is over $800,000. Today,...
New Duplexes to Provide Housing for Professionals

Monday, January 04, 2016

When BD Plant Manager Chuck Mix moved to Holdrege in 2014, he said finding a home was challenging.   “There was not near enough opportunities to look at many homes,” Mix said.   Plus, he was looking for two homes since his in-laws were moving to Holdrege as well. And, he was seeking a newer home to lessen his wife’s mold allergy symptoms.   Luckily, Mix was able to find a house for his in-laws that he heard about by word of mouth the day before it went on the market, and they snatched up a new duplex on Valerie Drive in the new Lincoln Place...
New Orscheln's More Visible

Monday, January 04, 2016

A new expanded Orscheln’s store opened November 2 in west Holdrege, and customers couldn’t be happier.   “I love it,” said Dennis Nelson of Holdrege, who shops at the store nearly every day. “It’s big. The selection is better, and the aisles are wider.”   Store Manager Mike Liljehorn said foot traffic and sales have both increased since the store moved to its new 33,000-square-foot location on Highway 6 & 34. The store was previously located a block south of the highway in an 8,000-square-foot building.   “Just being more visible has helped us a lot, not being tucked back in behind,” Liljehorn said.   He has noticed...
New Partnership Connects Students to Careers

Monday, January 04, 2016

The Phelps County Development Corporation is partnering with the Nebraska Cooperative Extension to offer a new program to area ninth graders to expose them to future career choices.   The Connecting the Dots program has been offered in other counties across Nebraska and is designed to help students “connect the dots” from ninth grade through postsecondary study to the workplace. Students complete a Kuder career exploration test prior to registering to determine their career interests.   PCDC Project Coordinator Alli Donohue said the goal of the program is expose kids at an early age to careers and encourage them to starting thinking about the...
Remodeled Runza Entices More Customers

Monday, January 04, 2016

One week after the new Orscheln’s store opened, an expanded Runza store opened a few blocks east.   Runza Store Manager Nicolle Vanderlinde said a crowd was waiting when the store at 319 Nobes re-opened Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., and customers have been steady since that time.   “Runza has been part of the Holdrege community since 1986. We are proud that franchisee Walt Catlett and his family invested in our future and appreciate the patience of our customers throughout the process,” said Donald Everett, Jr., president of Runza National.   The new expanded restaurant seats 58 people compared to the previous location that seated...
Students Encouraged to Apply for High Demand Jobs Scholarships

Monday, January 04, 2016

Students interested in returning to Phelps County after college or trade school may want to consider applying for a special scholarship to help fund their education.   The Phelps County High-Demand Jobs Scholarships are offered to anyone interested in studying to work in fields that struggle to find employees, such as manufacturing and production, engineering technology, diesel mechanic technology, welding, electrical, agriculture, medical fields or other construction or maintenance trades.  Preference will be given to students studying at a technical or trade school less than 2 years in duration.   In 2014, 13 Phelps County students received scholarships ranging from $2,000-$2,500. In 2015, nine...
Generating New Leads for Business

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Phelps County presence at a worldwide metal fabricating and welding conference in Chicago may help generate future business and jobs locally.   PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken attended the FABTECH show in Chicago in November to promote Phelps County to businesses or manufacturers looking to expand and relocate.   FABTECH is North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. More than 1,700 companies reserved exhibit space, and 43,836 people from more than 90 countries attended. Phelps County was one of five Nebraska areas represented at the conference at a booth organized by economic development...
Discover Holdrege in New Community Guide

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A new Holdrege community guide that will be used as a recruitment tool and as a resource for local residents has just been released.   The 36-page publication contains information about local businesses, schools, churches and recreation opportunities as well as data like labor pool statistics and tax information that would be pertinent to potential new businesses or industry.   The Nebraska Public Power District offers free assistance to the towns it serves to create community guides. The Phelps County Development Corporation took the lead on making it happen locally over the past year thanks to the information gathering skills and time of PCDC...
Patience and Preparation Key to Recruiting Business

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

With the Phelps County Development Corporation’s top priority of retaining current businesses, the sale of land to Janssen Ford was a perfect fit.   “It’s great,” PCDC Board Member Tim Anderson said of the sale. “I think it will be put to good use. It’s highly visible. We are glad we could help them (Janssen’s) out and get it done.”   Anderson said HIDC (Holdrege Industrial Development Corporation) had purchased that parcel 30 years ago from the developers of the nearby trailer park. Four years ago, when HIDC disbanded, the organization turned the 5.53 acres of ground over to PCDC for business and industrial...
Shopping Local Makes Big Community Impact

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holdrege voters made the future look brighter on Nov. 10 by overwhelmingly voting yes in a mail-in ballot election to renew the city’s half-cent sales tax for economic development.   Voters approved the tax by 83 percent (1,363 votes in favor and only 278 against), and it is expected to generate $8.1 million between 2017 and 2032 if local businesses can continue to generate the same amount or more in sales through attracting local shoppers and out-of-town customers.   Paul Wagner, owner of Bob & Norm’s Quality Flooring, said he urges residents to at least “give us a shot” when it comes to shopping...
Having land available for businesses creates new opportunity. Janssen Ford has purchased PCDC land for an expansion.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

The right size parcel of ground and a tax increment financing option were the final pieces of the puzzle to help Dan Janssen decide to expand and move his Ford dealership.   Janssen & Sons Ford has purchased 5.53 acres on west Hwy. 6 & 34 from the Phelps County Development Corporation.   The land is across the road from BD and the Lee Janssen Motor Co. Chevy store.   Dan Janssen, owner of Janssen & Sons Ford, said the land was the perfect size for his expansion.   Janssen said the TIF financing was a major factor in the purchase of the land.   “I wouldn’t have done it...
Home construction is booming in east Holdrege this fall. Find out more about the new Windhaven low-income home project.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

There’s a home construction boom in east Holdrege this fall.   Holdrege Development Corporation Executive Director Capri Chapman said the construction of four duplexes on Valerie Circle will mark the completion of the Lincoln Place development.   The Holdrege Development Corporation received a $750,000 grant in 2009 from the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund to create the Lincoln Place addition, which has resulted in the construction of 12 single-family homes and six duplexes.   Six of the homes were purchased with the help of $25,000 in down payment assistance. As long as the homeowner lives in the home for 10 years, they don’t have to pay...
Is a new hotel in the future for Holdrege? See what a PCDC study recommended and what is being done for the future of business and leisure travelers to the area.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

A recent study showed a need for a new 40-room hotel in Holdrege, and some investors are already looking more into the project.   Feedback from area business owners prompted the Phelps County Development Corporation to hire Core Distinction Group to conduct a hotel feasibility study this summer.   PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken said local employers were saying that their visitors were more frequently staying in Kearney because of a lack of available hotel rooms in Holdrege.   “And, we’ve known for some time that new employees have been choosing to reside outside Phelps County when housing isn’t readily available,” she said. “Both situations negatively...
PCDC isn’t just about recruiting new business to the county. Retaining current businesses is a top priority.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

While recruiting new business is a major function of the Phelps County Development Corporation, business retention is equally important.   Often times, growth comes from existing businesses, PCDC Board Member Tim Rehm said. “It may make sense to help someone who is already here create 10 new jobs.”   “It doesn’t do any good to put in a new business and lose five others,” Board Member Jim Wiser reiterated.   And Board Member Karen Benjamin agrees.   “I hope that we can keep the businesses alive that we have now, helping them grow and helping them through troubles,” she said.   Since PCDC’s inception, staff and volunteers have offered current...
What’s new in the business world in Holdrege? A $1 million donation and a law office takes over an empty downtown storefront

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Fye Law Office Changes Locations   Fye Law Office moved to its new location at 713 4th Avenue the last week of September.   Attorney Tana Fye said she purchased the downtown building because it provided space to expand. She plans to eventually renovate the second floor of the building into a residential rental.   Presently, besides Fye, the office also includes attorney Jordan Mruz, who joined Fye one year ago, and two secretaries.   “There is always the potential for bringing additional attorneys into the practice in the future, although we don’t have any present plans to add new staff,” Fye said.   Fye started her law career in...
Cozy Inn Benefits from PCDC Programs

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It’s hard to imagine Holdrege without the delicious home-cooked meals at the Cozy Inn Café, but owner Pat Landrigan said without the Phelps County Development Corporation he wouldn’t be in business.   That’s one reason why he supports the renewal of the half-cent LB840 sales tax that Holdrege voters will decide upon via mail-in ballot by November 10.   “Any improvements we have made in this place – and the actual purchase – are all because of PCDC,” he said. “Otherwise, I don’t know if we’d exist.”   Landrigan said he purchased the Cozy Inn Café in 2006 and obtained a gap-financing low-interest loan through PCDC.   The...
Partnerships Open Doors to Phelps County

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Now that Phelps County has a 134-acre business and industry park, volunteers and staff have amped up marketing efforts to recruit businesses looking to expand or relocate.   In addition to staff and volunteer legwork, PCDC has partnered with two companies to help market the county’s business potential to the world.   The Community Venture Network partnership matches businesses looking to grow with economic development professionals seeking to attract companies to their communities. They do this by arranging “shark tank” style meetings between business owners and economic development professionals.   In August, PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken attended the first “shark-tank” with the Community Venture Network,...
USDA Rural Development is Seeking Applications to Provide Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Grants and Loans in Rural Areas

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year 2016 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  REAP is available to agricultural producers and rural small for-profit businesses in order to complete energy efficiency improvements, or install a renewable energy system, to their current farm or business operations.  Grants and Guaranteed Loans may be used for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency equipment and renewable eneryg systems, such as HVAC units, lighting, windows, pivots or sub-surface drip tape systems, irrigation engines or motors, variable frequency drives, grain dryers, geothermal systems, solar panels, wind turbines, and aneorobic digesters.    Grants are for...
Gov. Ricketts to Hold a Town Hall in Holdrege

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he would hold a town hall in Holdrege on Friday, October 16, 2015.  The Governor invites the public to attend the town hall. Lunch will be served during the event.   “Nebraskans are invited to join Governor Ricketts at his upcoming town hall in Holdrege,” said Taylor Gage, the Governor’s Public Relations Director. “This is a great opportunity to hear an update on how our state is growing, and also to make your voice heard. The Governor looks forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can move our state forward together.”   Full details for...
Holdrege residents to vote on proposed sales tax renewal

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Holdrege voters will be asked to decide the fate of a half-cent city sales tax via mail-in ballot in late October. The Kearney Hub reports that residents learned of the upcoming renewal vote at a Friday morning coffee event at the Phelps County Development Corp. office. Click here for the complete article.
Holdrege VFD receives national award for its fire prevention successes

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Holdrege Volunteer Fire Department received a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2014 from the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation. Click here for the complete article.
Mail-in vote decides fate of Holdrege city sales tax

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Holdrege residents learned about the upcoming LB840 sales tax renewal vote at a Friday morning coffee event at the Phelps County Development Corp. office. Holdrege voters will be asked to decide the fate of a one-half cent city sales tax via mail-in ballot in late October. Click here for the complete article.
October is Manufacturing Month. Do you know how many workers in Phelps County are in manufacturing?

Thursday, October 01, 2015

October is Manufacturing Month, and we have reason to celebrate here in Phelps County! Manufacturing is one of the two largest economic drivers in our county. Did you know that 18 Phelps County manufacturers employ 867 workers for an average of 48 employees per business. To put that economic impact into perspective, consider this. There are more than 675 businesses in Phelps County and fewer than 15 non-manufacturing employers employ more than 40 people!
Talent Comes Home for Jobs - Part 3

Monday, September 21, 2015

Three Phelps County students have received scholarships to return to the area after college to work in the agriculture and medical fields.   Nolan Breece, Ethan Johnson and Terah Maaske were three of nine students who received a share of $30,000 in community-donated scholarship funds because they are planning future careers in high-demand jobs in Phelps County.   Nolan Breece, a 2014 Holdrege High School graduate, is a sophomore at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. He plans to earn a four-year degree in agronomy.   In high school, he played Legion baseball and golf. At Curtis, he has participated on the crop judging...
When All the Pieces Fit Together

Monday, September 21, 2015

The right size parcel of ground and a tax increment financing option were the final pieces of the puzzle to help Dan Janssen decide to expand and move his Ford dealership.   Janssen & Sons Ford has purchased 5.53 acres on west Hwy. 6 & 34 from the Phelps County Development Corporation.   The land, which is across from BD and the Lee Janssen Motor Co. Chevy store, had been previously owned by the Holdrege Industrial Development Corporation and was turned over to PCDC in 2012. PCDC  has been marketing the site  for new or current business expansion opportunities for many years.   Dan Janssen, owner...
Let's Name That Park!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Phelps County’s business and industry park will soon have an official name and will be annexed into the city of Holdrege, making the park more marketable to potential businesses and moving it one step closer to development.   PCDC’s Industry Recruitment Committee has narrowed down a long list of potential names into these four options: Prairie Place Business & Industry Park Prosperity Park for Business & Industry Iron Horse Business & Industry Park Phelps County Business & Industry Park   Industry Recruitment Committee Doug Stevenson said it’s important to have a name for the park that will stand out or make someone remember it.   “You want to have something...
Talent Comes Home for Jobs - Part 2

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three Phelps County students have received scholarships to return to the area after college to work in the agriculture and medical fields.   Alex Hamling, Zachary Gray and Cheyenne Gdanitz were three of nine students who received a share of $30,000 in community-donated scholarship funds because they are planning future careers in high-demand jobs in Phelps County.   Alex Hamling, a 2013 Holdrege High School graduate, is a junior studying agriculture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He plans to earn a degree in agronomy and return to Phelps County for a career in agronomy or livestock production.   In high school, Alex played football, basketball, Legion...
Give Your Business the EDGE

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The owner of a new Holdrege real estate business said the PK EDGE class gave him valuable tools and resources to start his new business.   Scott Boulware, owner of the new Heritage Agency, said the class encouraged him to formulate a business plan to turn his ideas into profits.   The next session of PK EDGE classes (Educating, Developing and Growing Entrepreneurs) will begin Monday, Aug. 17, in Holdrege. The 12-week class exposes participants to all aspects of owning and operating a business.   Prior to the class, Boulware said his ideas were just ideas. The class forced him to write down a specific business...
Talent Comes Home for Jobs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Three Phelps County students have received scholarships to return to the area after college to work in the automotive, agriculture and medical fields.   Colter Edgren, Trevor Smith and Dustin Langenberg were three of the nine students who received a share of $30,000 in community-donated scholarship funds because they are planning future careers in high-demand jobs in Phelps County.   Colter Edgren, a 2015 Holdrege High School graduate, plans to attend Southeast Community College in Milford this fall to study general automotive. His long-term goal is to own a business specializing in hot rods and performance cars.   His passion for fixing up cars started out...
A New Tool in the Toolbox

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In addition to trade shows, a new web site and targeted advertising, the Phelps County Development Corporation has a new tool in its box to help recruit businesses to the county.   The PCDC board approved a contract with the Community Venture Network, a Minnesota-based company that matches high-growth businesses with economic development professionals seeking to attract companies to their communities.   The network identifies companies in manufacturing, distribution, technology, medical and alternative energy who are looking to expand or relocate. The companies would employ between 2 and 200 people.   According to the network’s web site, many businesses are seeking locations that will result in...
Federal Grant Could Help Save You Thousands

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Before embarking on an expansion, remodel or energy upgrade, business owners or farmers might benefit to check with the Phelps County Development Corporation first.   PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken said her office receives a steady stream of alerts about programs or grants to help business owners.   “It’s always good to let us know if you’ve got an upcoming project,” she said. Then, she and her staff can share information about grants, loans or other assistance that may be relevant.   For example, PCDC recently received information about a federal grant for business owners or farmers looking to save money on energy costs.   Applications are due...
Phelps County's Recruiting Efforts on the Road

Friday, April 17, 2015

With a 134-acre business and industry park now available in Phelps County, work has begun to recruit new companies to the new site. In addition to PCDC’s advertising in trade publications, another effective way to market the space is by attending trade shows.   Monica Boyken, Executive Director of the Phelps County Development Corporation, attended the International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, Fla., in late March to make connections for that reason.   Boyken said she was “very happy” that Phelps County had a presence at the event with more than 60,000 plastics industry professionals.   At the show, Nebraska Public Power District sponsored a booth highlighting...
Reeling in the Big Fish

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the task of recruiting a new business or industry growing more competitive each year, how can Phelps County successfully “reel in a big fish?”   Like fishing, industry recruitment involves persistence and the right location. But, “snagging the catch of the day” in economic development also involves teamwork, collaboration and flexibility.   PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken describes herself as a “dog with a bone,” when it comes to never giving up and being persistent in industry and business recruitment.   Monica and the PCDC board understand that economic development requires never giving up.   Although it took years to come to fruition, persistence and patience paid...
Business & Industry Park Opens Door to Many "Possibilities"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

While purchasing 134 acres of land for the potential of a new business moving to the county or a current business expanding may seem like a leap of faith, it’s actually safer than doing nothing.   “Ultimately, the status quo is the worst case scenario,” PCDC Executive Director Monica Boyken said. “By strategically marketing the land, we open up possibilities for growth, the possibilities for new jobs and possibilities to expand tax base.”   Monica said one of her favorite phrases is, “what’s the worst that can happen?”   For now, there is little risk as the ground will continue to be farmed by the producer...
Briggs & Stratton New to Holdrege

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The sale of Allmand Bros., one of Phelps County’s largest manufacturers and employers, has been completed. Yet, the sign outside the company still says Allmand Bros., the same Allmand family members and managers are still operating the company, and the employees are much the same. The difference is that a door has been opened to new customers, a network of 6,400 employees is now available to assist with new technologies and ideas, and a greater potential for future growth is now on the horizon thanks to Allmand Bros. joining the Briggs & Stratton Corporation. Roger Allmand, former chairman of the board for Allmand...
Good News from Allmand Brothers!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Letter from Roger Allmand ...   August 14, 2014   Ladies and Gentlemen:   In view of our vision of who we are striving to be as a company - An Excellent Sustainable Organization - we are announcing that we have signed a definitive agreement to affect the acquisition of Allmand Bros., Inc. by US based Briggs and Stratton Corporation. The transaction is expected to close in the next 30 days. A copy of the press release follows.   We believe that the combination of Allmand with Briggs & Stratton will provide even more opportunities for our employees, customers, suppliers, and our community. With a proven track...
Holdrege Earns Recertification

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Holdrege, Nebraska has earned recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program for another five years. The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).   “Holdrege is a progressive community that has really embraced the Certified Community Program and all it offers since the very beginning,” said Nebraska Diplomats President Dan Shundoff. “It will be enjoyable to see what the next five years of growth and development hold in store for Holdrege.”   Holdrege (pop. 5,534) is experienced with the process, having earned certification in 2006 and recertification in 2009. According to Monica...
Grants for Women-Owned Businesses

Friday, May 09, 2014

SBA Hosts Weekly Office Hours Webinars for Women Entrepreneurs on Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program WASHINGTON – Women business owners are invited to learn more about increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the federal contracting arena through free Office Hours Webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration each Tuesday and Thursday through June 26 at 2 p.m. ET.    SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program presents an opportunity for small businesses to increase their presence in the federal marketplace.  The federal government is the biggest buyer in the world and is a must-have customer for women-owned companies.   The hour-long webinars will...
Free Money for Downtown Restoration

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Façade Improvement Project grant is a joint effort of the City of Holdrege, the Holdrege Chamber of Commerce and PCDC and part of the larger Downtown Revitalization Project. We have $225,000 to spend on downtown façade improvements by October 2015. Applications are starting to come in, so all interested parties are encouraged to apply now. The grants are intended to help business owners restore or renovate their store-fronts to encourage customers to step inside, and the changes should help with the overall appearance and vitality of downtown Holdrege. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Those turned in by the 10th...