The Nuckolls County town of Superior is this years Showcase Community Award winner, recognizing exceptional efforts in community development using Community Development Block Grant funds.
Superior (population 1,957) was recognized for several different projects over the past five years, including the $8 million expansion of Brodstone Memorial Hospital.
In 2015, Superior began a downtown revitalization project and was awarded $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding. The local Casey’s General and Dollar General stores opened new buildings.
In addition, 11 local businesses improved their facades, volunteers came together to save and restore the city auditorium and movie theater and a partially collapsed downtown building was removed. Other projects included construction of a $1 million bridge, sidewalk renovations and the addition of bike paths.
For the past 42 years, the federal Community Development Block Grant program has promoted progress and improvement among communities throughout Nebraska and acroos the nation.
In Nebraska, Community Development Block Grants have helped to fund 270 projects and benefitted more than 240,000 people and 118 communities.
In Lincoln, the Everett Neighborhood Association received the city's Community Development Block Grant Achievement Award for its work on the 11th Street streetscape project.
Now officials say 11th Street is more pedestrian friendly, features a traffic circle at 11th and D streets, offers on-street bicycle parking and painted bicycle lanes, and plans are in the works to install pedestrian lighting.