Wayne, Newcastle Join 12 Other Communities Awarded DED Funding For Public Works Improvements

WAYNE – A pair of northeast Nebraska communities were recently granted Nebraska Department of Economic Development funding for public works improvements.

According to a release from DED, both the City of Wayne and the Village of Newcastle were listed among the 14 recipients totaling approximately $5.3 million under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program’s Public Works funding opportunity.

A federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, administered by DED on behalf of Nebraska’s non-entitlement communities, CDBG dollars exist to help communities tackle projects that enhance public health and safety, economic well-being, local vitality and quality of life.

The City of Wayne will be using CDBG funds to improve an existing swimming pool bath house to become an all-season recreational facility to house events such as picnics, Boy and Girl Scout meetings and family reunions and to create an ADA accessible trailhead and connect the park to Wayne’s already established trail system. The project will also include a pathway that will be ADA compliant, which will connect the facility with the trails.

The Village of Newcastle is preparing to implement a street improvement project involving two streets within municipal limits.

The announced Public Works awards total $5,331,787 and will support crucial facility and infrastructure projects, from new sidewalks and fire hydrants, to fire safety, to critical flood control and everything in between.

DED officials state that local infrastructure is a central part of economic development that cannot be overlooked. The CDBG Public Works program allows Nebraska to support communities as they make a positive impact through infrastructure projects that enhance their well-being and potential for growth.

CDBG Public Works Awards

Project descriptions related to this announcement is provided above. To learn more about funding options available to Nebraska communities under the CDBG program, including the Public Works opportunity, visit opportunity.nebraska.gov. Or contact Steve Charleston at steve.charleston@nebraska.gov or 402-471-3757.