Seward-County

The new Seward County brand was officially unveiled Jan. 23 at the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership’s annual extravaganza.

The Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership is currently preparing a Seward Countywide Housing Study to determine both the present and future housing needs of the county.

As a component of that process, a Countywide Housing Steering Committee is asking Seward County residents to provide their opinions on the needs and wants of the community by completing a citizen survey.

The survey will ask for input from citizens on issues regarding their current housing situation, issues or barriers that prevent residents from obtaining quality, affordable housing in the county and the housing types most needed or desired in Seward County.

Surveys are available to take online at www.CultivateSewardCounty.com, and hard copies are available at select locations in Seward, Milford and Utica. Hard copies should be returned to the city/village offices, and online surveys should be completed by Wednesday, July 10. 

SCCDP is completing the housing study with the assistance of Hanna:Keelan Associates, P.C., a Nebraska-based community planning and research consulting firm. The firm is in its 41st year of serving Nebraska communities and counties. Hanna:Keelan works extensively in southeast Nebraska preparing comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, housing studies and downtown and redevelopment plans and assisting communities in implementing both family and elderly housing programs.

In addition to completing the survey, Seward County residents will have the opportunity to participate directly in the development of the new housing study by participating in a Housing Listening Session, to be announced at a later date.

The study is being funded by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, with matching funds from the Seward County Housing Corporation and City of Seward LB 840 Economic Development Fund.

Any questions and/or comments regarding the Seward County Housing Study can be directed to Jonathan Jank, president and CEO of the Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership, at jonathan@cultivatesewardcounty.com.

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