Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2007

Hartington and Fordyce receive Grant

HARTINGTON — The Hartington Economic Development Coordinator had a welcome message for the City Council on Monday evening.
“We bring good news,” said Coordinator Carla Becker. “We just got the news today that we received a BECA grant.”
The Building Entrepreneurial Community Act Grant, which is known as the BECA grant, was submitted in partnership with the community of Fordyce according to Becker.

The grant which is in the amount of $19,948 will have a 25 per cent match provided by the Village of Fordyce, the Q-125 Committee and the Hartington Economic Development.
The funds for the “Bringing back People to Cedar County to Stay” grant will be used to recruit alumni to come back for the Q-125 Celebration and to attract new residents to the region.
The funds will also be used to conduct entrepreneurial, leadership and business training for Hartington and other communities in the area according to Becker.
Chris Miller, President of Economic Development Corporation is pleased with the announcement and is excited about the opportunities it will bring to strengthen Hartington and the surrounding area.
“It will be great to partner with area communities to promote the benefits of our region. Leadership trainings, recruiting alumni, entrepreneurial support for businesses are just a few of the things that are listed in the grant. We look forward to partnering with the Department of Economic Development, Center of Rural Affairs, UNL Extension, Northeast Nebraska RD & D and other organizations.”
The grant was written by Mike Holten from the Center for Rural Affairs and was assisted by Becker.
Many other organizations came together to help plan the grant and to obrain the funding Becker said.