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Economic Development Action Plan Focus Group to Meet
Nebraska Ag Connection - 11/13/2017

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development is hosting a statewide 2018 Annual Action Plan Focus Group meeting on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. (CST) in the Nebraska State Office Building Conference Room -- Lower Level A, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln.

Participation is important to provide direction to the department regarding housing, community development, economic development, tenant-based rental assistance and rapid rehousing for homeless persons and homeless persons with AIDS, homeless person overnight shelter assistance, and homelessness prevention-related topics.

The meeting focus will include a short discussion on the experience of participants with the associated programs under the 2017 AAP: what went well and what could be improved. Building upon that, the discussion will also be focused on current needs of Nebraskans and how the upcoming 2018 Annual Action Plan can best address these needs guided by the vision as set by the 2015-2019 State of Nebraska Consolidated Plan. Using the framework of the strategic plan of 2015-2019, the annual methods of distribution of 5 federal resources and 2 State programs will be a topic of conversation:

- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

- Home Investment Partnerships (HOME)

- National Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

- Nebraska Homeless Shelter Assistance Trust Fund (HSATF)

- Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF)

The methods of distribution for each program under the strategic plan include such aspects as criteria used to select applications, how resources will be allocated among funding categories, threshold factors and grant size limits, and expected measurable outcomes, to name a few.

For more information, contact Rebecca Schademann, economic development consultant, at 402-471-3172 or Rebecca.Schademann@nebraska.gov. RSVPs for the meeting should be made at opportunity.nebraska.gov/grow-your-community/training/.

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