Counties and Communities

How can we help you?

Central Nebraska Housing and Economic Developers works with communities to identify housing needs and develops partnerships and programs to address those needs. We serve 17 counties in Central Nebraska, including: Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.


Our Work:

  • Empowers residents and leaders to shape the future of their community’s housing supply.
  • Improves future prospects for area families by helping them to become confident homebuyers and responsible homeowners.
  • Creates safer environments by improving deteriorating structures.
  • Increases appeal for business development or expansion by revitalizing the housing market and enhancing the quality of life
  • Grows a larger tax base by increasing the value of improved houses
  • Provides income for local businesses by channeling federal and state dollars back into the community.

Community Housing Planning

Does your community have housing needs, but you’re not sure how to meet those needs?  Do your housing needs include:
  • Workforce housing?
  • Rehabilitation of existing homes?
  • New housing construction?
  • Down payment assistance?
  • Rental housing?
  • Senior housing?
  • Other housing?
The Central Nebraska Housing and Economic Developers would like to begin assisting your community in preparation for future housing grants.  CNHED will work with community leaders to:
  • Complete a Community Assets Checklist
  • Identify community assets and gaps to be filled
  • Develop a plan to fill gaps in data/information
  • Identify housing needs and priorities
  • Gather partners and public support for selected housing project
  • Write a grant application for State and Federal funding
  • Partner to deliver community housing program
Click here to fill out a Community Assets Checklist
If your county or community is interested in conducting a housing needs assessment, please contact Judy Petersen, Executive Director, at 402-340-0106 or via e-mail at

Community Tool Box

Local Funding Opportunities

Local Option Municipal Development Act (LB840)
The Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act (LB840, 1991) authorizes incorporated cities and villages to collect and appropriate tax dollars (sales and/or property tax) if approved by the local voters, for economic development purposes.
For a listing of current participating communities, click here for the NDED website.
For a copy of the “Guide to Implementing the Local Option Municpal Economic Act” click here.
To contact the LOMEDA state represetative, contact Andrea McClintic, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, at 308-440-1490 or email
TIF (Tax Increment Financing)
Tax increment financing (TIF) in Nebraska is primarily designed to finance the public costs associated with a private development project.  Essentially, the property tax increases resulting from a development are targeted to repay the public investment required by a project.
For a brief outline of the TIF program click here.
For detailed information about the TIF program, click here for the NDED website.
To contact the TIF state represtative, contact Kevin Andersen, Nebraska Department of Economic Develoment (NDED) at 800-426-6505 or 402-471-3775 or email

Policies for Community Adoption for State/Federal Grants

There are a number of policies that communities must adopt and adhere to, to be eligible to recieve state and/or federal grants.  Templates, below, are provided for community use and adoption:
If you have any questions about these policies and plans, do not hesitate to contact Judy Petersen, CNHED Executive Director, at 402-340-0106 or email