Holt County Economic Development

"Expanding Business ~ Building Community"

Holt County Economic Development, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation, was established through an inter-local agreement, between the communities of Holt County, NE. Its' mission is to enhance and promote economic vitality and a strong sense of community for existing and future businesses in Holt County.


Holt County Economic Development's (HCED) beginnings are a product and example of the entrepreneurial community-building spirit that unites Holt County's cities, villages, townships, and rural citizens. In the mid-2000's, several leaders across the county embraced an opportunity to participate in HomeTown Competitiveness, a community development initiative that focuses on leveraging existing community assets. The relationships formed through this inaugural county-wide leadership program led to an uncommon meeting among community leaders. These meetings started the building blocks for Holt County Economic Development.

Since 2007, HCED has been at the center of activities bringing new and expanded businesses, new jobs, and new households to Holt County.

What is Economic Development?

Economic development is the creation of income. Creating jobs and career options for all ages and education levels helps communities grow and provides opportunities for people to remain in or move to our communities. Quality, well-paying jobs is the goal of economic development. This is accomplished with the assistance of economic development organizations working in cooperation with private industry and through partnerships of local, state, and federal government programs.

Services for New and Existing Businesses

  • New business planning
  • Business grants and loans through O'Neill and Atkinson LB840
  • Workforce training
  • Job postings
  • Locating new sites and buildings

Holt County Economic Development Programs / Services

  • HomeTown Leadership Institute
  • LB840 Assistance
  • Mailbox Program for graduating seniors
  • Free job postings on HCED's website, www.GrowHolt.com
  • Business development
  • People recruitment and retention

Holt County is a great place to live, work, and do Business!

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

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