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Monthly Chamber Board Meeting

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Reminder:  Today is the Ord Area Chamber’s monthly Board meeting (noon, Chamber offices 1514 K Street). An agenda can be downloaded here. We hope you can join us!


Written by Caleb

April 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Ord High School Groundbreaking

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Ord High School

We have word that Ord Public Schools will be celebrating the groundbreaking of the high school renovation and new gym project this April 21st at 11am. For you non-Ord viewers, this is the result of a hard fought bond campaign last November.

You’re invited to celebrate this momentous occasion with us – see you at the school!

Written by Caleb

April 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Winding down

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Alas, the day of reckoning is upon us!  No, not the end of the Mayan calendar, but the end of Ord Sunshine Pumpers and a new beginning.  This week marks the launch of the new www.ordnebraska.com website.  I expect the finishing touches to take a a couple days, but soon we’ll be blogging from http://www.ordnebraska.com/blog.

It’s been an awesome ride – regular readers here have seen some amazing things transpire over the past year and a half and I’m super excited to see where the future takes us.  We may have a couple items posted here and there, along with our formal goodbye, but that about does it for Sunshine Pumping.  Stay tuned, and farewell!

Written by Caleb

April 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Formal USDA Grant Award Announcement

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Here is our formal announcement for the USDA grant win we’ve mentioned a couple weeks ago.  We’ll be hosting a ribbon cutting 4/22 at 11am, with Senator Kate Sullivan, the LVRPPD Board of Directors and the Valley County Supervisors in attendance.  We’re hoping Maxine Moul (the Nebraska state director of USDA – Rural Development) will be able to attend as well.  I hope you can join us!!

For more information, contact:

Chuck Fuhrer
Loup Valleys Rural Public Power
606 S Street
Ord, NE  68862
(308) 728-3633

USDA grant won by Loup Valleys RPPD and Valley County

(Ord, NE) – The Loup Valley Area has won a $300,000 grant award to establish a revolving economic development loan fund for the LVRPPD service area.  The initial funds will be loaned to Valley County to assist in the renovation of the Valley County Courthouse. Installation of an elevator, fire exit stairway, fire sprinkler system and an upgrade to the fire alarm system will bring enhanced safety to Courthouse occupants.

The funding being provided is from the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program, administered by USDA Rural Development. The program provides interest free loans and grants to local utilities that re-lend money to local businesses for projects that will create and retain jobs in rural areas.

Funds from the grant will be repaid from Valley County over the course of ten years, with repayment formalizing another economic development fund for region-wide benefit.  Communities and businesses within the Loup Valleys RPPD service area interested in details of the program can contact Chuck Fuhrer at (308) 728-3633.

A formal announcement and ribbon cutting with the LVRPPD Board of Directors, Valley County Supervisors, Senator Kate Sullivan and other state dignitaries will be held Thursday, April 22nd at 11:00 am on the steps of the Valley County Courthouse.

Written by Caleb

April 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Monthly report now available

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Our monthly report is now available.  We have a recap on the USDA grant award, upcoming area events, awesome sales tax collection figures and much more.  Have a look here.

Written by Caleb

April 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

National effort recognizes local business

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Brad and Gina Babb with Gene Rahn of REAP

Waaay back in October, we mentioned that Brad and Gina Babb of Sandhills Glass and Garage Doors were recognized by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity as an exemplary model for their use of microfinance to grow their business.

AEO recently released the the first of five videos that showcases national microenterprise success stories; Brad and Gina are one of the four businesses included in the video series.  Check it out here.  (Scroll down the main page and click away on the video.)

This is yet another case of fantastic recognition for all the amazing things going on in Ord and the surrounding areas.  Brad and Gina have been great supporters of economic development and recipients of assistance from our local economic development loan fund.  Put simply, microenterprise works in rural America.  It’s nice to see a national organization that agrees with us.

A needed hat tip goes out to Jeff Reynolds at REAP, and Gene Rahn for working with Brad, Gina and myself in developing a plan to make Sandhills Glass and Garage Doors a rural success story.

Congrats Brad and Gina!

Written by Caleb

April 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Changes to a local financing program

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Last night, City Council approved changes to our Valley County Business Corridor Microloan pool that drops the 4% interest rate to 0%.  That means you, the Valley County business owner, can get up to $10,000 at 0% interest for property improvements if the property resides on a major Valley County thoroughfare.  Interested?  Drop me a line and we can give you details: calebpollard@frontiernet.net

Written by Caleb

April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm