Central Nebraska Economic Development District

The Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) is a 14-county regional development organization that encourages cooperation between local government officials, community-based organizations and the private sector. The District provides the link between federal and state programs, and the local level where development actually occurs.  CNEDD attained recognition as an official Economic Development District by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) in 2003.  CNEDD is the largest economic development district with the lowest population density per square mile in Nebraska.


Five-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report for 2013 – A comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The CEDS analyzes the regional economy and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a regional plan of action, and identifying investment priorities and funding sources.  Integrated economic development planning provides the flexibility to adapt to global economic conditions and fully utilize the region’s unique advantages to maximize economic opportunity for its residents by attracting the private investment that creates jobs for the region’s residents.  View the 2014 CEDS Report.


Investing in the Future

The mission of CNEDD is partnering to enhance the quality of life in Central Nebraska through community and business development. Our vision for the future is to make a difference in every county we serve by working together to keep the region strong and viable.

CNEDD provides business, community, and economic development services to the following counties in Central Nebraska: Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.  In addition, CNEDD provides housing services only to Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties through the Central Nebraska Housing Developers.

Central Nebraska Housing Developers

The Central Nebraska Economic Development, Inc., doing business as Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) was formed in late 2005 by the Central Nebraska Economic Development District to invest in the future of our families and our communities by improving existing housing and increasing homeownership in 17 counties in Nebraska.  CNHD partners with counties and communities, along with other housing stakeholders and programs, to provide quality housing choices for residence throughout the region.


Investing in the Future

Over $9 million in federal and state grant dollars for housing programs has been channeled into our region through CNHD since it was established.  CNHD serves the following counties in Central Nebraska: Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Hamilton, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Merrick, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.


CNHD is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.