Creating Opportunities for Economic Growth & Prosperity
As a community, we recognize that economic growth is critical to maintain the exceptional quality of life we enjoy. The Ravenna Economic Development Corporation works toward community development in the interest of ensuring Ravenna is a good place to live, work, and play.
In 2011, Ravenna voters approved LB 840 and Ravenna’s Economic Development Plan, two measures that empower Ravenna to control its destiny as a shining example of a rural community that upholds Nebraska’s valued quality of life, attracts innovative residents and entrepreneurs, and remains competitive in an age of globalization and urbanization. The Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act (LB 840) authorizes communities to collect and appropriate local tax dollars for economic development purposes. Ravenna’s Economic Development plan is the basis under which the Economic Development Program operates.
Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or have owned and operated a business in Ravenna for several decades, Ravenna Economic Development and its partners can offer you a variety of incentives to ensure a successful business start-up or expansion. View a comprehensive list of our local resources for business development here.
Business Needs Assessment
Ravenna Economic Development conducts an annual business visitation program to understand the needs of local businesses. In addition to these annual visits, REDC staff meet regularly with local businesses to help assess the business climate in Ravenna.
New Business Start-Ups
Prospective business owners and entrepreneurs may access several incentive programs through Ravenna Economic Development. These incentives can help facilitate a successful business venture. Programs available include technical assistance, business plan development, and low-interest loan financing. To learn more about opportunities for new business start-ups, contact REDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 16, 2015 Ravenna became the tenth City in the state of Nebraska to become a Leadership Community. The Department of Economic Development has awarded the City this prestigious certification.
Press release for Leadership Community/PDF- press release
Take a look at our new Gas, Food & Lodging signs as you enter Ravenna heading East on Hwy. 2. In the near future we are hoping to get an identical sign West on Hwy 2. Cost of the signs were provided through grant money from Buffalo County Lodging tax funds.
Ravenna Area Vision Foundation- RAV Fund
Ravenna Economic Development has started a new foundation that is through the Nebraska Community Foundation. The foundation is was started to help with projects in our community that the committee deems worthy for economic development purposes. Below is a link to our png describing the mission of the foundation and information on giving. The foundation is trying to set Ravenna up for the future please read about the foundation.
Ravenna Economic Development Shareholders Membership
Please consider becoming a member of Economic Development to support local economic development efforts.
Because of your leadership in our community we would like to invite you to become a part of Ravenna Economic Development Corporation. We wish to offer you an opportunity to become a voting member of REDC. This is a one-time fee only and you will be making an investment in your community.
- $200 is the Blue Certificate level
- $500 is the Silver Certificate level
- $1,000 is the Gold Certificate level
In order to receive your membership certificate please mail a check payable to Ravenna Economic Development. Please mail to Ravenna Economic Development c/o Dana Dennison 318 Grand Ave. Ravenna, NE 68869, or drop off in person at the office. If you have any questions stop by or call 308-452-3133.
Demographic Data and Resources
Ravenna Community Profile from Location One-link below
Officers and Board Members:
- Rodney Pokorski , President
- Jeff Achtenberg, Secretary
- Dale Johnson, Treasurer
- Paul McDowell
- Jim Rasmussen
- Mark Miigerl
- Linda Zinnell, Vice President
- Pamela Hervert
- Ryan Lieske PA-C, Chamber Representative
RAVENNA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
318 Grand Ave, Ravenna, NE 68869
(308) 452-3133 Dana Dennison-Executive Director