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Donations needed for the MEDC Housing Fund

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 12.17.20
MEDC continues to work to expand McCook housing.

Many times when people move to McCook the advice is, “Find a place to live and then in the next 5-10 years you can find the home you want.” Some people are willing to accept this, but others do not.

Housing is hurting our opportunity to recruit people to McCook. Currently, there are 35 homes for sale on Realtor.com for McCook. A healthy housing climate would have over 100 homes listed.

The State of Nebraska approved a $10,000,000 Rural Workforce Housing Grant Fund this year. This is an opportunity where local communities can create a revolving fund to provide low interest financing to encourage new housing construction and substantial residential rehab.

MEDC is putting together a local $750,000 grant request. This will entail a $250,000 request from the state, $250,000 grant request from Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA), and requires $250,000 to be raised locally.

MEDC has already received a $75,000 matching pledge from McCook Community Development Company (MNB Bank, Pinnacle Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank) and a $25,000 pledge from McCook Community Builders (Community Hospital, First Central Bank, MNB Bank, Pinnacle Bank, and Bison Dental). MEDC will also be contributing to the fund, but can’t cover the rest of the gap.

This is an opportunity to help move our community forward. For McCook and southwest Nebraska we need to invest in ourselves. The grant application with the state requires a strong public, private partnership. If you are able to contribute, please complete the form below.

Why Donate?

  • If the grants are awarded, we’ll immediately get a 200% return on donation for the housing fund.
  • More workforce housing can increase the number of people that live and do business in McCook.
  • The creation of the revolving housing fund will help improve our situation for decades to come.

Pledge Details

  • Pledges need to be made by December 31, 2020.
  • Donation is only accepted if the state grants are awarded to MEDC.
  • MEDC will be informed of the grant award at the end of April, pledges will then need to be collected by June 30, 2021.
  • MEDC is a 501(c)4 and contribu­tions to 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business (consult your accountant for more information).

Pledge Form





Contact Andy Long at 308-345-1200 or andy@mccookne.org

Community Survey Due January 1

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 12.08.20
MEDC continues to work to expand McCook housing.

MEDC is currently conducting a community housing survey to apply for a grant to improve housing options in the community. There are a few other questions to help provide feedback for the community. If you live or work in McCook, please take some time to give us feedback: https://unk.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Qp56HgF5wb2Vff

McCook Cowork Space Open House – Sept. 23 – 3:30-7:00 p.m.

AREA News, Events, News, Photo Feature - 09.17.20

McCook Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will host tours of the McCook Cowork Space on September 23rd from 3:30-7:00 p.m. This will be held in conjunction with the McCook Chamber Heritage Days Mixer at the Keystone Business Center, 402 Norris Ave. If you want a tour, show up in the lobby during these times and MEDC Director Andy Long will be available to show you the space and answer questions.

The McCook Cowork Center will provide a professional space in the Keystone Business Center to enhance entrepreneurs, remote work employees, people with a side hustle, and employees of organizations that need additional tools to support the work they do. It will also be a location for tech students in high school and college to create, learn, and train others on how to use technology to improve business. It will create connections and partnerships in how people do work.

MEDC Executive Director Andy Long talked about the importance of the space and said, “Overnight, millions of people in this country learned to work from home. People are productive and happy when they remote work, but remote workers also want a professional location to work from and we strived to produce this.”

Some of the features of the cowork spaces includes 1 Gig internet, 2-iMac computers, 1 Dell Optiplex computer, access to Adobe Creative Suite, 3 private offices with enhanced video conference capabilities, a Dymo Mailing Solution, access to a Sharp MX-3140 color copier/scanner, and multiple work stations with dual monitors. In the future the space will also add an audio/video recording room to allow individuals to create high quality material with tools an individual may not have access.

“We hope to develop creative people with the software and tools to create audio and video,” said Long. “With the growth of podcasts, YouTube, and other digital mediums we want to make sure people in southwest Nebraska can compete and promote what they do worldwide. To be successful we know we need to recruit remote workers and grow our own local businesses.”

Evening and weekend memberships begin at $40/month and full members pay $65/month. You can find out more by calling MEDC at 308-345-1200 or e-mailing Andy Long at andy@mccookne.org.

If you want to see the space and this time doesn’t work for you, e-mail Andy at andy@mccookne.org or call 308-345-1200. More information on the McCook Cowork Space can be found at: https://mccookne.org/keystone-business-center/mccook-cowork-space/

GROW Nebraska receives USDA grant to provide digital marketing coaching to McCook Area Businesses

AREA News, News, Photo Feature - 08.19.20

Today, Janell Anderson Ehrke, CEO and Founder of GROW Nebraska, presented to a group of McCook area businesses on a USDA grant they received to help McCook area businesses develop a digital marketing plan.

GROW Nebraska’s USDA grant allows them to work with McCook, Sidney, and Alliance businesses for no charge to provide training, coaching, technical assistance, and free Google AdWords advertising.

“During the recent pandemic shutdown, businesses working with us and selling on-line saw an increase in sales. 83% of orders GROW Nebraska sees on-line come from out of state,” said Janell Anderson Ehrke. The training, coaching, and services GROW Nebraska provides has helped businesses adapt to the changing retail environment.

McCook Chamber of Commerce and McCook Economic Development Corporation are partnering with GROW Nebraska to make this program available to area businesses. McCook Chamber President/CEO Dawson Brunswick said, “We are happy to provide opportunities to our members to grow their business. We’re excited this opportunity will help our local businesses sell to the world.”

There is no cost to local businesses to participate in the program. The only requirement of participating is the business is a current McCook Chamber of Commerce member. To participate in the program a business goes to grownebraska.org/join. A business can choose Basic or Bundle package, choose invoice me, and don’t pay as the grant will cover the cost. GROW Nebraska will contact you for a 30-minute consultation to start the process. Funding through the grant will provide 12 months of assistance.

If a local business has more questions, you can contact Anderson Ehrke at 308.962.6767 or janell@grownebraska.org.