Valley County Economic Development

The rural model for growth

VCEDEconomic Development is a top priority in Valley County.  The Valley County Economic Development Board serves as the primary facilitative organization for economic growth and development in Valley County.  Ord, Nebraska is Nebraska’s first Certified and re-Certified Economic Development Community.  Eleven years in the making, VCED has worked diligently to catalyze economic growth in area communities. Below is comprehensive information about doing business in the area, including available industrial sites and commercial property, demographic information and business incentives prospective business opportunities.

Our Mission: To encourage business retention and promote economic development while preserving the quality of life in Valley County, Nebraska.

Annual Report: Download our 2013 Annual Report here.

Annual Sponsorship Brochure: Download the 2017 sponsorship brochure here.

Available Property and Sites: View a comprehensive list of our properties and sites here.

Business Directory: Find your business-to-business services in our local business directory here.

Business Incentives: View a comprehensive list of our local resources for business development here. Local incentives can be allocated for site development, business expansion, new-business start-up or existing business transition projects.

  1. Existing business assistance
    • Business Needs Assessment
      Valley County Economic Development conducts a yearly business visitation program to understand the needs of the local business community. VCED also meets regularly with local businesses to assess the business climate in the local economy. This information is vital for local developers to understand how to meet the current and future needs of the business community. If you have interest in being part of our annual business visitation program, contact Trevor Lee at:
    • Business Transfer
      Several area business owners have indicated a desire to transition their businesses to new owners over the next 5-10 years. If you have an interest in purchasing an available business in Valley County, visit our Businesses for Sale page or call (308) 728-7875 for learn more. Every consultation is strictly confidential.
  1. New business start-up
    • Prospective business owners and entrepreneurs can access several incentive programs through Valley County Economic Development that can facilitate a successful new business start-up. From technical assistance to low-interest loan financing, resources are available that can help make starting a new business more successful.
    • You can download a sample business plan template here. VCED also has access to an internal resource team that provides the professional services (accounting, banking, legal) necessary for successful new business incorporation. To learn more about opportunities for new business start-up, contact Trevor Lee at:
    • Valuable local resources and services are available for new business start-ups in our community. Download the Local Resource Guide for a list of businesses and services to get your entrepreneurial venture off the ground.
  1. Community/Economic data and resources
  1. Board of Directors
    • President: Gaylord Boilesen, The Parts Bin – NAPA (GLVA)
      Vice President: Linda Cruikshank, Progressive Farm Marketing (Chamber)
      Treasurer: Pat Waldmann, Valley County Board of Supervisors (County)
      Secretary: Russ Callan, Lower Loup Natural Resources District (City)
      Russ Blaha, First National Bank (GLVA)
      Shey Boyce, USDA (County)
      Thomas Herman, Misko Sports (Chamber)
      Dan Petska, United States Postal Service (City)
  1. Staff
    • Executive Director: Trevor Lee
      Assistant Director: Kristina Foth
      Director of First Impressions: Janet Eppenbach
  1. Resources
    • Valley County Economic Development partners with several regional and state affiliates which are crucial contributors to economic growth in rural communities. Those listed below can provide your business with financing, services and training products to help get you up and running quickly in rural Nebraska.
    • – Center for Rural Affairs (website)
      – Central Community College (website)
      – Central Nebraska Community Services (website)
      – Central Nebraska Economic Development District (website)
      – Central Nebraska Housing Developers (website)
      – GROW Nebraska (website)
      – Invest Nebraska (website)
      – Nebraska Business Development Center (website)
      – Nebraska Department of Economic Development (website)
      – Nebraska Department of Labor (website)
      – Nebraska Department of Revenue (website)
      – Nebraska Development Network – Central Region (website)
      – Nebraska Public Power District (website)
      – Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (website)
      – SCORE (website)
      – United States Department of Ag – Rural Development (Nebraska website)
  1. Relocation assistance
    • Whether you’re looking to move either your family or your business to Ord, these local Realtors and real estate companies are invaluable partners in assisting with relocation to the area.
      Farmers National Company (website)
      – (308) 728-5160 –
      Fox 1 Realty (website)
      – (308) 728-3300 –
      Gumb Auction and Realty, Inc. (website)
      – (308) 728-0000 –
      Wolf Inc. Auction and Real Estate (website)
      – (308) 728-3101 –
  1. Utility information
    • Ord Light and Water
      Ord’s publicly-owned electric utility provides competitive business and industrial rates for prospective projects. Contact Paul Markowski, Ord City Utility Superintendent at (308) 730-1317 or
    • Loup Valley Rural Public Power District (map)
      Serving Valley County and rural Ord, LVRPPD is your rural electric power provider.  For more information about competitive public power rates, contact Chuck Fuhrer at (308) 728-3633.
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