Creighton Economic Development

Three members of Creighton’s economic development board finalized a survey that will be directed toward alumni during BerryPepper Days, when they met Monday evening at City Hall.

Offered in digital format with a QR code (two-dimensional bar code) for response with a smart phone, the short survey is planned as a precursor to a longer community-wide survey set to launch in August.

The board plans to use responses to the surveys to develop goals for development in the city, including such things as a potential community center, possibly with an option for lodging. The board also proposes to gauge the economic impact alumni have on the community.

A draft of a plan for enactment of the Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act in Creighton was presented by Brent Eggerling, ED board chair.

The draft was critiqued by Susan Norris, Creighton ED director, who had issues with several provisions of the plan. Norris and the board members agreed more work was needed.

At the suggestion of Lindsay Nelson, Creighton city administrator, Eggerling will take the draft he compiled to the LB840 Steering Committee he had organized, along with notes provided by Norris.

Committee members and city leaders met May 9 at City Hall, in a closed meeting, to learn more about the history of the act, impacts that can be expected if enacted and activities that are allowed. Deb Eggleston from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, facilitated the meeting.

Once the committee develops a final plan, it will go to the Creighton City Council for approval and then town hall meetings will be held this fall to inform the public and answer any questions or concerns residents may have, before it is put to a vote in November.

Due to other commitments, the director has postponed launching the Pitch-It-In Creighton Contest until July.

Norris also informed the board that the cost of a county-wide housing survey being initiated by the Knox County Development Agency, has increased for several communities.

She said agency officials chose not to burden flood-impacted communities, so the cost for the city of Crofton and the villages of Niobrara and Verdigre will be absorbed by the remaining entities in the county. Creighton’s share of the cost rose from $1,154 to $1,400.

Norris was given verbal authorization to start a social media page for the department, separate from the city’s facebook page, which she doesn’t want to overload with development department material.