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Grand Island recognized as Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community

President of the Grand Island Area Economic Development Dave Taylor, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, Mayor Roger Steele and City Administration Jerry Janulewicz pose together with Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community plaque.
President of the Grand Island Area Economic Development Dave Taylor, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, Mayor Roger Steele and City Administration Jerry Janulewicz pose together with Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community plaque.(Diamond Nunnally, KSNB)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 7:40 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Lieutenant governor Mike Foley visited Grand Island on Tuesday to officially declare the city a Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” Dave Taylor, President of the Grand Island Area Economic Development, told Local4 News. “It really shows communities and businesses that are looking to grow that we as a city have all our ducks in a row.”

Lt. Governor Mike Foley hands Mayor Roger Steele Nebraska Economic Development certification.
Lt. Governor Mike Foley hands Mayor Roger Steele Nebraska Economic Development certification.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

“Grand Island is hitting a home run day after day.,” Lt. Governor Foley said. “They’re all about growing the community, growing businesses, creating a culture that’s amenable to business. That’s good for the long-run future of Grand Island and the entire state of Nebraska.”

This is the third time Grand Island has been recognized as a place for economic growth. First in 20-0 and then re-certified every five years since then.

“The growth in Grand Island’s downtown has really been in our entertainment area,” Taylor said. “The restaurants and the bars and some of the boutiques that have popped up. It’s really vibrant and coming up. Everything is really growing downtown and we are glad to be a part of it.”

Taylor and his team gave Lt. Governor Foley a tour of several downtown businesses before he handed off a plaque of recognition to Mayor Roger Steele.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley stands in Pinnacle Bank during his tour of downtown Grand Island.
Lt. Governor Mike Foley stands in Pinnacle Bank during his tour of downtown Grand Island.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

“A lot of our communities are drying up and struggling, but Grand Island is the exception,” Lt. Governor Foley said. “They’re doing really, really well. They’re growing. People are investing, making major million dollar investments in this city because they say this city has good leadership and has a future.”

One of the main goals for many communities is to build someplace that younger people would want to go and plant their roots. They said Grand Island is that place.

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