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

business exterior enhancement programWhether 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.

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.

city clerk and director of economic development

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

community planning

L. to R.: Dale Johnson, Treasurer, Ravenna Economic Development Board, Dana Dennison, Former 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

ravenna sign

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

rav fund logo

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.

RAV Vision Fund-PNG (Doc)

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 Amber Ross 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 Facts Book (.pdf)

Ravenna Labor Trend Study for 2018 Ravenna Buffalo CoTrends (PDF)

2018-2022 Strategic Plan Strategic Planning Report – Ravenna (Doc)

Ravenna Community Profile from Location One-link below- This gives you available sites and buildings

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Officers and Board Members:
  • Rodney Pokorski , President
  • Linda Zinnell, Vice President/Secretary
  • Dale Johnson, Treasurer
  • Larry Wilke
  • Shelby Behrendt
  • Ken Schroeder
  • Kirk Zeller-Chamber Rep
For further information contact the
318 Grand Ave, Ravenna, NE 68869
E-mail: economicdevelopment@myravenna.com
(308) 452-3133  Amber Ross-Executive Director