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Economic & Community Development

Hartington City Map
(with Available Buildings and Sites)
  Economic Development Brochure

Mission Statement:  

The mission of the Hartington Economic Development Corporation is to provide proactive leadership and vision for the City of Hartington that results in perpetuating short and long-term sustainable economic growth through job and business growth, a competitive wage scale, suitable housing, a stable population, and fosters and preserves a high quality of life for all citizens.

Economic Development Board of Directors

Chris Miller, President  (402) 254-6897
Peggy Year, Vice President  (402) 254-3997
Brandon Baller, Treasurer (402) 254-2455
Preston Leise, Secretary (605) 0628

Tim Nissen
Zach Becker
Mike Lammers

Dan Kathol
Ed Bottolfsen
Jesse Hochstein

Ryan Creamer
Glen Thoene

Economic Development Coordinator

Email: devcoor@hartel.net.

Economic Development Priorities and Strategic Plan

Hartington’s community and economic development priority is to improve the quality of life for our citizens.  This involves building on our strengths, promoting our existing businesses, working to retain existing jobs, expanding current businesses, promoting entrepreneurship, and recruiting new businesses.  We also need to strengthen our work force, develop community resources, attract new capital investment, broaden the community’s tax base, and provide local community services needed to maintain a good quality life.

Hartington's Strategic Planning Session 2014

wHartington Community Development Corporation 2015
(Plan of Work - Goals & Objectives)

Economic & Demographic Data

A variety of information is available online for the Hartington and Cedar County area. To learn more about the economic and demographic trends in this area, please visit one of the links below.

Hartington and Cedar County Labor Study & Demographic Data/Trends

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Available Sites (LOIS):

View available Sites for Hartington.
View available Buildings for Hartington.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Location One Information System (LOIS) 

Approximately 30 acres remain for sale out of a 147 acre tract located southwest of the Hartington city limits. This link provides statistical, pricing and contact information about these remaining acres.

w30+/- Acres Availble Industrial Site and 15.2 Expanded Site

wHartington Target Industry Program 2013

Local Incentives

The City of Hartington recognizes that the retention and expansion, along with the attraction of new businesses, is occurring in a very competitive market place.  In order to make Hartington as competitive as possible, the community must strive to use all financial and human resources available by using federal, state, municipal, and private sources.

City Sales Tax – LB840 - was approved by Hartington voters in 2007.  The Hartington Economic Development Program is funded by the proceeds from a 35 percent of a 1 (one) percent local sales and use tax for a period of 15 years.  It is estimated that $70,000 per year will be generated for the Economic Development Program for an estimated 15-year total of $1,050,000.  For more information, contact Miranda Becker, Economic Development Coordinator at (402) 254-6357.

 Economic Development Plan

City of Hartington’s Revolving Loan Fund - is a local plan for projects located within Hartington. The objectives of the reuse fund are to provide financing for start-up and existing businesses that cannot obtain conventional financing, to attract new business to the area and to create and retain jobs for low to moderate income persons. The minimum loan amount is $5,000 and the maximum loan amount is $20,000. An application review committee has been created to review applications. For more information, contact Miranda Becker, Economic Development Coordinator at (402) 254-6357.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) – The City of Hartington has the ability to use TIF to assist a new or expanding business in order to fund public improvements associated with private developments in “blighted or substandard” areas of the community. This Financing captures the projected increase in property tax revenue, which results from the private development. The maximum period on this is 15 years.

Hartington Industrial Park - The Hartington Community Development Corporation is negotiable on land pricing for sites located at the industrial park. The City of Hartington is also negotiable for land pricing for property that is within the city of Hartington and is owned by the City. This pricing is available to all companies or businesses which create a significant number of new positions and offer above average salary benefits. Pricing is given to businesses and industries which add to the local economic diversity.  Other city government and miscellaneous incentives could include: a local
community revolving loan fund available for gap financing, fast-track approval of all necessary local permits, preparation of grant applications, assistance in recruiting and screening employees, provision of facilities for conducting pre-employment interviews and training, and a professional economic development coordinator to assist businesses and companies with any other related needs.

State Incentives

Nebraska Advantage – The Nebraska Advantage package was designed to create a business climate that makes Nebraska the preferred location for starting and growing your business.  The Nebraska Advantage rewards businesses that invest in the state and hire Nebraskans.  In this progressive, pro-business tax climate, corporate income and sales taxes are reduced or virtually eliminated.

For additional information view http://www.neded.org.

Links to Financing Opportunities

For additional information or questions, contact:
Hartington Community Development Corporation
107 West State Street, PO Box 427        Hartington, NE 68739
Miranda Becker, Economic Development Coordinator
Office (402) 254-6357   Fax (402) 254-6391    Cell (402) 640-6747

Links to Partners and Resources

Bureau of Business Research
Business Information Center-SCORE – Norfolk Office     
Cedar Knox Public Power District
GROW Nebraska
Internal Revenue Service
Nebraska Public Power District
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Business Assistance Center
Nebraska Business Development Center
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Nebraska Department of Revenue
Nebraska Department of Roads
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Nebraska Economic Developers Association
Nebraska Energy Office
Nebraska Environmental Trust
Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA)
Nebraska Workforce Development Department of Labor – Norfolk Office  
Nebraska Rural Development Commission
Nebraska State Fire Marshal    
Nebraska Tourism
Norfolk Area Recruiters
Northeast Nebraska RC & D
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Social Security Administration
University of Nebraska Center for Applied Innovation
University of Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship
University of Nebraska Center for Rural Research & Development  
University of Nebraska Food Processing Center
USDA Rural Financing Programs

Relocation Information

(Facts Book, Real Estate Agencies, Utilities, Banking Services, Medical Services)

For additional information email devcoor@hartel.net or phone 402-254-6357.

Real Estate Listings:
Don Miller Land Co.
Farm and Ranch Company 
Don Peterson & Associates Real Estate Co. 

Residential Housing Development:

The Hartington community has several new housing developments available to individuals seeking new construction. Many of these developments have attractive new concrete paving, public electric power and natural gas hook-ups, as well as city water and sewer, and fiber optic cable providing voice services, high-speed broadband Internet, and IPTV. Lot values range from $10,000 to $25,000. Approximately 25-30 lots are available in the residential area located throughout the city limits. Also available are residential lots located to the north of the city limits. These lots have either private or public rural water available and require private sewer source. In the previous 4 years, Hartington has had over 10 new homes constructed and occupied.

Hartingon's Westfield Acres New Housing Development brochure


High-Speed (Broadband) Internet is available via fiber optic cable throughout the Hartelco service area which emcompasses an approximate 12 mile radius of Hartington .  Hartelco currently offers up to 100 Mbps Broadband speeds.  10Mbps and 12Mbps are included with residential and business bundles at discounted rates. Hartelco also contributes to local economic development by investing in infrastructure required to bring today’s leading communications technology to local families and businesses.

Cedar Knox Public Power District  
Nebraska Public Power District  

Hartington has 5 Lending Institutions for financial assistance:
Bank of Hartington  
Cedar Security Bank  
Farmers and Merchants State Bank  
First National Bank Northeast  (402) 254-2479
Security National Bank   

Medical Services:
Avera Sacred Heart Medical Clinic   (402) 254-3935

City of Hartington Contact Information

Hartington Mayor and Council Members:
Mark Becker, Mayor

Chris Bartling – Council member
Roman Sudbeck – Council member
Brad Peitz – Council member
Cody Christensen – Council member

City Clerk: Natalie Schaecher - (402) 254-6353 or cityclerk@hartel.net

Deputy City Clerk: Shelly Becker - (402) 254-6353 or cityofhart@hartel.net

City Attorney
Kennedy, Pier, and Knoff 
Steve Pier - (402) 254-6600

Planning & Zonning Commission:
Steve Shank (Chairman) - (402) 254-4802

Building Permits:
Natalie Schaecher (City Clerk) – (402) 254-6353

Economic Development Coordinator:

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