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Now Taking Nominations for CCED Annual Dinner Awards

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Join us for the 6th Cuming County Economic Development Annual Dinner, Sunday April 30, 2017. Social hour starts at 5:30 PM and Dinner begins at 6:30 PM. Join us as we review the past year, recognize business of the year, community of the year, ag producers and listen to youth presentations on entrepreneurship. Also, find out why they might want to return home after college or trade school.

Nominations are now being accepted for Annual Dinner Awards (Business of the Year and Ag Production).

  • Business of the Year (Small)
  • Business of the Year (Medium)
  • Business of the Year (Large)
  • Production Agriculture (Small)
  • Production Agriculture (Large)


Please fill out the attached nomination form for either award category. Nominations are due Monday, March 13, 2017.

Click here to register or call the CCED office to reserve your ticket, (402) 372-6001.

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File Business of the Year.docx 570.11 KB

Business Improvement Grant – Round 2

Cuming County- Funding is now available for the Business Improvement Grant. Cuming County Economic Development was awarded $75,000 from the Nielsen Foundation in August and has awarded 22 businesses from Cuming County a B.I.G. grant after the first round. The B.I.G. program directly enhances the overall marketability of the county as a whole.

The second round of funding will begin on January 3, 2017 and ends on February 27. Currently grant pool funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Eligibility: The business must be within Cuming County to be eligible for a business improvement grant. The building must be used solely for business, for example: not an area of a home used for business. Previous applicants may apply again. These funds are given out on a first-come first-serve basis.

Applicant Eligibility:

  1. A detailed description with cost estimates of the façade improvements/equipment.
  2. At least TWO bids from contractors/manufacturers/distributors for your project.
  3. Applications must be filled out completely. Applications that are not completely filled out will not be considered for funding.
  4. Must provide “before” and “after” photos of the building façade.

Grant funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis and will not be issued until the project has been completed. The applicant must submit proof of payment and photos of the completed work.

Application Process:

  1. Contact the CCED Office for an application or download the attached application form. Grants will be made on a first come first serve basis until funds have been depleted.
  2. Fully complete the application along with supporting documentation and submit to the CCED Board for review. If the application and supporting information is not complete before the application deadline, it will not be considered for funding. Denied applicants must wait until the next round to apply.
  3. Application will be approved by the CCED Board of Directors.
  4. The applicant will receive a letter from the CCED Board explaining if the application has been approved or denied. No work may commence until the application is approved.
  5. After approval by the CCED Board, the applicant will have 120 days to complete the project after funding has been awarded.

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Local Committee Won’t Pursue Recreational Facility

A local committee exploring the potential for a Cuming County recreational center has decided not to pursue it, members said this week. The estimated cost of the building and its annual operating costs were the two factors that led to that decision.

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The costs were disclosed in a feasibility study completed earlier this year by RDg Planning & Design and Ballard King & Associates. That study looked at what it would take to build and operate a recreational center in West Point that would serve residents in a 15-to-20-mile radius.

Those two firms looked at estimated costs and revenue sources for a recreational center that would have included an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, walking track, fitness center, exercise rooms and multi-purpose room. The building also would include an early education center with classrooms and administration area.

Approximately 55,000 square feet would be needed for the rec center, the study said. The feasibility study showed a construction cost of $14.7 million. That included site acquisition and improvements, construction and contingencies.

Per the study, the annual cost to operate the center would be from $1.1 million to $1.2 million in the first five years, with revenue estimated to range from $741,460 in year one to $875,723 in year five.

The revenue shortfall would remain at about $360,000 a year in each of the first five years, the study showed. The local committee began raising the $30,000 for the feasibility study in November, 2014, after the Sherwood Foundation of Omaha agreed to provide a $15,000 grant. The grant was contingent on the committee matching that amount with money raised locally. The $15,000 in local funds was hit in April of 2015. The study was finalized in April of this year.

Feasibility Report: cuming-county-final-report

Announcing 2016 Annual Dinner Awards

Cuming County- The Cuming County Economic Development is happy to announce this year’s nominees for the Annual Dinner Business and Ag Production Awards.

Small Business of the Year(Locally-owned)

  • Mel’s Small Engine
  • F&F Tire
  • Claudia’s Salon
  • Plan B
  • Arvid’s Foodtown
  • Two Blooms and a Bud
  • Bliss Spa
  • Lucky’s Bar
  • Pronto Convenience

Medium Business of the Year (Franchise)

  • Advanced Consulting Engineers
  • Renz Electric
  • Skywave Wireless
  • Rief Design
  • Midwest Diesel
  • West Point Family Dental
  • Hugo Plumbing & Heat, Inc.

Large Business of the Year (Corporation)

  • F&M Bank
  • Hefty Seed
  • Pinnacle Bank
  • Valmont Coatings, West Point Galvanizing
  • West Point Dairy

Ag Production-Cultivator of the Earth

  • Scott Knobbe
  • Kent Weborg
  • Tom Feller
  • Ron Guenther
  • Greta Roth
  • Deb Hansen

Ag Production-Cultivator of the Earth

  • Chris Klitz
  • Brian  Meiergerd
  • Jeremy Ritter
  • Shane Batenhorst
  • Todd Repschlaeger
  • Jeff Albers
  • Andrew Feller
  • Matt Lueshen

Visit the following link to vote:

The Cuming County Economic Development Annual Dinner is set for Sunday, April 24th at the Nielsen Center with the Social at 5:30pm and Dinner at 6:00pm. To reserve your tickets, please contact the CCED Office, (402) 372-6001 or visit


CCVB Board Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cuming County Visitors Bureau of Cuming County, Nebraska, will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2015 at the Hide-away Grill, 744 W Park St, West Point, NE at 4:30 p.m., this meeting will be open to the public. An agenda for such meeting is kept continuously current and is available for public inspection at the West Point Courthouse, 200 S Lincoln Street, West Point, NE. The agenda may be modified to include items of an emergency nature, only, at such meeting.

CCED November Board Meeting-Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Cuming County Economic Development Board of Directors of Cuming County, Nebraska, will be held commencing at 4:30 p.m. (local time) on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Cuming County Public Power in West Point, NE. The meeting will be open to the public. The agenda, which shall be kept continually current, shall be readily available for public inspection at the Cuming County Clerk’s office during normal business hours. The agenda may be modified to include items of an emergency nature, only, at such meeting.

Bonnie Vogltance
County Clerk

Business Improvement Grant (second round Dec 1- Jan 14)

Business Improvement Grant
Funded by the Donald E. Nielsen Foundation Read More

  • This is a matching grant for business assistance. Interior/Exterior/Equipment improvements to Cuming County businesses
  • This grant is REIMBURSEMENT ONLY. Once we have received proof of payment, we will process the approved application for reimbursement. (No projects should be started or completed until after grant approval is made)
  • The initial application must be submitted correctly to be considered. (All quotes, verifications attached)
  • Currently the grant pool funds are limited, the funds will be distributed and approved on a first-come, first serve basis. This is the second round of the B.I.G. Program
  • Maximum Grant match amount is set at $2,500.(Special cases must be reviewed by CCEDB/County Board)
  • For more grant award information please contact the CCED Director in the Cuming County Courthouse.
  • No application fee is required for this round of funding.
  • This round of funding starts December 1, 2015 and ends January 14, 2016 (Completed Applications must be submitted by January 14th at 4:30 p.m. to be considered
    for this round.)

Dueling Networking Experience – Oct 18-19 in Wayne, NE

Connecting Young Nebraskans Northeast Region is hosting Dueling Networking Experience on Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, in Wayne, Neb.

Friday, Oct. 18
6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Networking at Miss Molly’s Coffee Company in Historic Downtown Wayne
8:30 p.m. – Dueling Pianos at the Wayne City Auditorium by 176 Keys Fun Pianos
Saturday, Oct. 19
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast and Networking at Tacos & More

$25 to register for the entire event (includes all 3 networking opportunities, meals, and VIP seating for 176 Keys Fun Pianos event)

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