DED Announces Public Comment Period and Public Hearing for 2020 Nebraska Affordable Housing Act Qualified Allocation Plan

Published on November 26, 2019

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will hold a public comment period from December 3, 2019 to January 3, 2020 for the Proposed 2020 Nebraska Affordable Housing Act Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). The plan involves the distribution of approximately $10.3 million in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) resources. Copies of the QAP can be accessed on the DED website at: as of December 3, 2019, or can be requested by contacting Evan Clark at 800-426-6505, 402-471-4679 or

A public hearing for the Proposed 2020 QAP will be held on December 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. (CST) at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, located at the State Office Building at 301 Centennial Mall South (Fourth Floor), Lincoln, Nebraska. DED staff will be drafting and administering the plan. All mailed and emailed written comments must be received by close of business on January 3, 2020. Mail to: Evan Clark, Housing Specialist, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666. Or, email comments to:

Comments will be accepted starting December 3, 2019. Individuals requiring sensory accommodations, including interpreter services, Braille, large print or recorded materials, should contact Evan Clark at 402-471-4679.

Los individuos no hablan Inglés y los individuos con discapacidad podrán solicitar las ayudas y servicios auxiliares necesarios para la participación de contacto con el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico PO Box 94666, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4666, o

Leadership To Grow

Join us September 6, 2019: 9 am – 5 pm at the Harms Center. A day-long leadership training will equip participants with processes for implementing successful community projects. Participants will hear from two panels of community members who led efforts in Scottsbluff. Nebraska Community Vitality educators will use the lessons learned as a springboard for Leadership to Grow.

July 2019 55+ Job Fair

The Nebraska Department of Labor invites you to attend and learn about the GREAT job opportunities available. Come prepared to find your next career!

Participating Employers

  • Railcrew Xpress
  • Housing Partners of Western Nebraska
  • Dollar Tree
  • Regional West Medical Center
  • Waterbed Showcase
  • We will be adding new businesses!

Community Resources

  • Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Proteus


Panhandle Area Development District seeking comments on Regional Economic Development Strategy

The Panhandle Area Development District (PADD) has updated the regional economic development strategy for the next five-year period and is seeking feedback from the community on its effectiveness and accuracy for the region.

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) can be viewed on the PADD website ( under the economic development tab and then under the CEDS tab. The full site address is:

The purpose of this document is to analyze our current economic position as a region and to provide a path forward based on feedback from entrepreneurs, service agencies, employees, and employers.

PADD encourages anyone to provide feedback on any portion or all of the document. Comments will strengthen itsefforts as a regional agency and help PADD to know where best to direct resources.

The comment period will be open from June 10 through July 10. Please submit your comments to Megan Koppenhafer at

Red Carpet Service Training – Chadron

 CHADRON- Northwest Nebraska Tourism and the Chadron Chamber of Commerce will host a Red Carpet Service Training May 30 in Chadron.

The Red Carpet Service Training is free and open to any restaurant and hospitality management businesses. The two and a half hour research-based session is tailor-made for staff and management. The training will serve those working in local attractions, convenience stores, restaurants, retail shopping, lodging, and others.

Nebraska Extension Community Vitality is hosting the event and Cheryl-Burkhart Kriesel is the key-note speaker.

If any employee from your business would like to attend, please contact Gabby Michna at 308-432-4401. Additional information about the Red Carpet Service Training can be found at or at

Blizzard/Flood Relief Resources and Information

Cities, Counties, and Tribes: FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations following a Presidential disaster declaration. Click here for more. 
Agriculture: The Department of Agriculture has provided a list of disaster relief resources for farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. Including:  USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices located throughout the state The Livestock Indemnity Program and lost machinery programs are also available. The Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Cattlemen have also provided a portal for disaster assistance to help members of the ag community that have been affected by this storm. Click here for the Nebraska Farm Bureau assistance page and here for the Nebraska Cattlemen assistance page.
Businesses: As a result of the emergency declaration, Nebraska businesses can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. These loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can help repair the damages to their businesses. The application filing deadline for physical damage is May 20, 2019. More information from the SBA’s fact sheet. Apply for a Disaster Loan Assistance here.  
This list of resources comes from Deb Fischer’s office.  

2019 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) Application Guidelines Workshop

Free workshops to review the requirements for the 2019 NAHTF Application Guidelines.  The workshops will be held on:

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 |  1:30pm – 4:00pm CST | Online via WebEx | Register
  • Monday, March 18, 2019 |  1:30pm – 4:00pm CST | La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, NE | Register
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 |  10:00am – 12:3pm CST | Online via WebEx | Register

If you have any questions please contact:

Public Hearings for the Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is conducting public hearings on the Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan.  The Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan describes program funding, national and state objectives, application schedules, eligible activities, and selection criteria for projects for the following programs: CDBGHOMEHTFESGHOPWAHSATF, and NAHTF.

Public Hearings are scheduled on:

March 13, 2019

  • North Platte | 9 a.m. CT | Nebraska Department of Labor, 600 E. Francis, Suite 9, North Platte, NE
  • Kearney | 2 p.m. CT | Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Ave., Kearney, NE
  • Scottsbluff | 2 p.m. MT | Lied Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 3rd Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE

March 27, 2019

  • Norfolk | 9:30 a.m. CT | Norfolk Public Library, 309 N 5th St, Norfolk, NE 68701
  • Lincoln | 2:30 p.m. CT | Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level A, 301 Centennial Mall South Lincoln, NE
  • Website Streaming | 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. MT | Register

The website streaming option is utilizing Webex software, if you are attending the public hearing through this method, please register in advance to receive the access code.  Registration is free.  

The Webex service may require use of a telephone to have access to the audio portion of the workshop.  Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for the workshop and a call in number.  This number will incur long distance charges.  If you do not want to incur these charges, please select the Call Me option when accessing the workshop.  This option will call you directly at the number you enter.

If you have any questions concerning the 2019 Proposed Annual Action Plan Public Hearing, please contact Rebecca Schademann at (402)471-3172, (800) 426-6505 or via email,