Dawson County Awarded $350,000 Grant By DED

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to the Dawson County Agricultural Society, Inc., for improvements designed to provide for investments in effective and affordable tourist attraction facilities to grow Nebraska communities that invest in long-term development. The tourist attraction project improvements will enable severely disabled persons and the elderly accessibility to attraction’s buildings and grounds. 
The CDBG Tourism Development Category is open to CDBG non-entitlement incorporated municipalities throughout Nebraska. Grants are administered by DED from the State’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Below is a brief description about the projects and the award:
Dawson County $350,000 CDBG award and $110,800 matching funds: The sponsor beneficiary is the non-profit Dawson County Agricultural Society, Inc. The project is for major improvements to the Dawson County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds host more than 20 annual events each year, which draws visitors from the region and from more than 20 states. The fairgrounds racetrack draws 700-1,000 attendees each week from a tri-state region, plus the county fair attendance averages around 12,000 annually. The improvements to the fairgrounds and facilities for removal of accessibility barriers include: restroom upgrades, accessible parking, grandstand modifications for seating/ramps/ pathways, and other surfacing improvements to meet the ADA regulations. For more information, contact Jennifer McKeone on the phone at: 308-217-0004 or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For information about DED’s tourism development process, contact Steve Charleston at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3757, or steve. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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