Community Development Week 2016…celebrate Nebraska communities success

MARCH 7, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)–Mark your calendar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Community Development (CD) Week, March 28-April 2, 2016.

Community development efforts across Nebraska will focus on this year’s theme of “42 Years Building Strong Communities.”

The National Community Development Association initiated National CD Week in 1986 to remind Congress of the importance of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In Nebraska, federal, state and local organizations have formed partnerships to support community development activities in recognition of CD Week.

Communities are invited to celebrate CD Week by hosting a variety of activities locally. Suggested activities include holding a proclamation signing by local officials, hosting a community appreciation dinner, working with downtown business owners to promote downtown and area businesses, and/or writing letters to congressional representatives to share achievements and express opinions about the resources and programs that help make community development projects possible.

In Nebraska, the Governor’s Showcase Community Award recognizes a community that has demonstrated an exceptional capacity during the past five to ten years to identify community development goals and strategies; combine federal, state and local resources to achieve those goals; and accomplish major projects with positive impacts on the community. The Governor’s Showcase Community Award will be announced at a special proclamation signing and awards ceremony during CD Week at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

For more information about CD Week, or the Showcase Community Award, visit www.neded.org/community-development-week, or contact Rebecca Schademann, CD Week Coordinator at 800-426-6505, (402) 471-3172, or e-mail rebecca.schademann@nebraska.gov