Ravenna Economic Development Coporation

Creating Opportunities for Economic Growth & Prosperity

SUBWAY RIBBON CUTTINGAs 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.

Business Incentives

postcard jpgWhether 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 economicdevelopment@myravenna.com.


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.


From left: City Clerk/Treasurer, Kellie Crowell, Executive Director of Economic Development , Dana Dennison


L. to R.: Dale Johnson, Treasurer, Ravenna Economic Development Board, Dana Dennison, Executive Director, Ravenna Economic Development Corporation, Ravenna Mayor Peg Dethlefs, Kellie Crowell, Ravenna City Clerk/Treasurer, and Brenda Jensen, AICD, Community Planner with Miller & Associates.

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.

Demographic Data and Resources

Ravenna Community Profile with NPPD
Ravenna Facts Book (.pdf)
Available Sites & Buildings

2014-2016 Strategic Plan

Ravenna 2015 Labor Trend Study

Ravenna Community Profile from Location One-link below


Officers and Board Members:
  • Rodney Pokorski , President
  • Jeff Achtenberg, Secretary
  • Dale Johnson, Treasurer
  • Geoff Wright
  • Paul McDowell
  • Jim Rasmussen
  • Mark Miigerl
  • Linda Zinnell, Vice President
  • Pamela Hervert
  • Ryan Lieske PA-C, Chamber Representative
For further information contact the
318 Grand Ave, Ravenna, NE 68869
E-mail: economicdevelopment@myravenna.com
(308) 452-3133  Dana Dennison-Executive Director