HOLDREGE – Gov. Pete Ricketts will be in Holdrege on October 13 to help kick off a $1.1 million community campaign to help grow a prosperous future for Phelps County.
The Phelps County Development Corporation is launching the public phase of the Prosperity Project II Campaign at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Allmand Bros. Conference Center with the help of Gov. Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger.
The public is invited to attend this reception to learn more about how PCDC plans to cooperate with businesses, organizations and investors to spark growth in Phelps County.
The confidence created through investment or expansion of existing businesses can be contagious. The recent announcement by BD of Holdrege of a $100 million investment in its Holdrege plant is one example of the kind of momentum that PCDC hopes to cultivate with Prosperity Project II funds.
BD is celebrating 50 years in Holdrege this year, and BD leaders will make a special announcement related to the PCDC campaign at the event.
PCDC is seeking $1.1 million in private donations to help fund an aggressive five-year strategic plan that would bring new jobs to the area, start filling the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park and turn commuter families into full-time residents.
The total cost of the 2017-2021 plan is $3.475 million. About $2.375 million is estimated to come from LB840 sales taxes, and PCDC is seeking the remaining $1.1 million from Prosperity Project II investors.
The LB840 funds, approved by 83 percent of voters in November 2015, will be used as project funds toward infrastructure development, workforce housing, developing the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park, community growth, downtown improvement, quality of life enhancements and business retention, expansion and recruitment.
The campaign kick-off reception is open to the public, however an RSVP is required by calling PCDC at (308) 995-4148 or emailing email@example.com.