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Commissioners to hear housing study results

TCEDA (Thayer County Economic Development Alliance) would like to invite the public to a meeting with the County Commissioners to present the results of the recent Hanna:Keelan Associates Housing Study. This meeting takes place at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the County Courthouse.

This county-wide housing market study researched the demand for housing and rental property in Thayer County. It will give strategies on how to satisfy this demand, including building new homes as well as rehabilitation of existing homes. It also provides a step by step action plan to address the housing concerns based on goals specific to the region.

The presentation of the study is open to the public and we urge everyone to attend as this research will provide possible solutions for many of the concerns of the citizens of Thayer County.

The County was awarded in 2011  $16,500 in CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds to conduct a county-wide housing study with strategies for affordable housing. The study was conducted in an effort to create a favorable atmosphere and realistic approach to housing development activities within Thayer County and its communities. The County of Thayer is the lead administrative agent for the project funded in part through the CDBG program in the planning category and matching funds from Thayer County, TCEDA, area businesses, and participating communities.

As part of the project, the housing study advisory committee was created to provide input into the study process. The advisory committee includes representatives from the 11 municipalities located in the county, TCEDA and representatives from business and industry within the county. An interlocal agreement defines the partnership and responsibilities of each entity for this process. The final study is complete and includes findings from surveys conducted in the area, listening sessions, qualitative and quantitative data collected and goals and action steps to address housing needs in this county.

All interested parties attending the meeting will have an opportunity to be heard regarding the project. Written testimony will also be accepted at the public meeting or may be sent to the County Clerk, Thayer County Courthouse, 225 N. 4th St., Hebron, NE, 68370. Written comments must be postmarked on or before Feb. 11, 2013.

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