City, state to note Imperial’s continued efforts on economic development
In 2012, Imperial was designated a Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community (EDCC).
Now, five years later, after a successful recertification process completed by city officials, a celebration is planned next week that will include Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley.
The Lt. Governor will join city officials and the public at a program next Thursday, Aug. 10, starting at 8 a.m. at Broken Arrow Cellars.
Lt. Gov. Foley will say a few words along with city officials as they discuss the importance of being an EDCC. Refreshments will be served.
Imperial is one of just 39 Nebraska communities that are EDCCs. Earning that designation validates that the community displays economic development preparedness and a desire for growth, according to state officials.
It’s an exhaustive process and pages of information are required in the initial EDCC application. While the recertification every five years thereafter isn’t as extensive, it still takes a lot of work.
Imperial’s Community Development Director Jason Tuller, who coordinated the recertification process, had to address the following standards in the application—infrastructure, organization, identified targets and/or markets, business retention and expansion, strategic planning, marketing efforts, long-range funding, labor market information, workforce attraction efforts and housing initiatives.
The public is invited to next week’s program.