Holiday News





Candy Cane Lane – Superior, NE
Friday, November 29 – December 31
Open every evening from 6pm to 9pm
Located in Lincoln Park – 341 N Central Ave

Don’t miss out on the 17th Annual Candy Cane Lane in Superior, NE. Volunteers work tirelessly to bring the biggest and brightest displays and decorations for spectators to enjoy and join in the Christmas spirit. A five block area with amazing animated holiday displays, which are funded solely by donations helps bring to life the true spirit of Christmas in Superior. Visitors from all over travel to drive through this annual display show. Make Candy Cane Lane a family tradition in 2019! Free will donation. For more information, visit Superior Candy Cane Lane on Facebook.



Once Upon a Christmas – Downtown Superior, NE
December 6 –  5pm to 7pm

Join us in Downtown Superior for the 2019 Once Upon a Christmas on December 6th. Visit Santa and his live reindeer, enjoy treats while shopping late at participating stores, shuffle through Candy Cane Lane and take your photo inside a giant, inflatable snow globe! Plus, be on the lookout for our special guests Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch! For more information, visit Superior Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.


Christmas in a Small Town – Homes Tours – Lawrence, NE
December 7 – 9am to 3pm

Visit a variety of festively decorated homes throughout the Lawrence area at Christmas Time.  With 5 different homes to tour and a special Christmas Open House at KD’s Salon & Floral you’ll be sure to have a festive day in Lawrence. Homes included on the tour are: David & Dawn Theer, Allen & Nancy Ostdiek, Len & Jolene Mazour, Gene & Jean Schendt and Don & Mary Ann Mazour. Tickets are available for purchase from the participating home owners, Farmers & Merchants Bank and CPI in Lawrence.  Visit Lawrence Nebraska Community Club on Facebook for more information.



Winter Bazaar – Nelson, NE
December 7 – 9am to 4pm
Nelson Auditorium, 301 S Main Street

Join us for a fun day of holiday shopping! Over 35 Vendors – Scentsy, Chalk Couture, Jams & Jellys, Lipscence, Rubby Ribon, Posh, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, First Street Brewery, Avon, Usborne Books, Pampered Chef, Wakaya Pefection, Emris International, LaLa Rue, Teammate’s Bake Sale, Crafts, Plants, Pie Fundraiser & MORE! Soup & Sandwiches provided by the Nelson Volunteer Fire Department – Free Will Donation. Contact Dawn Myers (402) 460-8275 or visit Annual Winter Bazaar of Facebook for more information.


Santaland – Nelson, NE
December 15 – 11am to 1pm
Nelson Auditorium, 301 S Main Street

Visit Santa, enjoy kid’s games, crafts and a free will donation pancake feed at Santaland in Nelson! Don’t forget to get your picture with Santa himself before you go!



Rural is Cool shirts are NOW ON SALE! – Order Form

See below for the press release on the community-wide movement and how to get involved!⬇️⬇️⬇️ #ruraliscool

Superior Development Corporation in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce will be selling ‘Rural is Cool’ shirts to kick-off a community-wide movement to celebrate and spread the word about why rural communities are a great place to live, work, raise a family, start a career and more. The hope of the movement is for current residents and future residents to have a voice, spark pride in their community and work together to help shape the future of Superior.

Superior embodies the small town life that many long to have, but still provides many big city amenities. Home to a newly renovated bowling alley and non-profit movie theater, skating rink, winery, country club, beautiful parks, nearby lake, state of the art healthcare facilities and assisted living spaces, exceptional education system, active volunteer groups and community churches, to name just a few.

We’ve seen a great amount of change in our community in the past year and it’s safe to say that there is a strong, forward-moving momentum in this rural, south-central Nebraska community on the Kansas border. We’ve seen everything from a princess party to a new pocket park, Spruce up Superior month to a brand new, vibrant downtown, new leadership in major employers to continued leadership in many community groups, the Crest Theater opening not one, but two new theaters to a town filled with decorated bikes and community pride. The list could go on.

As we start a new school year, what a better time to welcome new residents and celebrate the successes of Superior, because RURAL IS COOL. Whether you were born and raised in Superior, moved away and came back to Superior or you’re a transplant to Superior, there is a lot to be proud of for a community like Superior, so why not celebrate that? If you work in Superior, volunteer around Superior, live in Superior, shop in Superior, talk about Superior, doctor in Superior, visit Superior, you are a part of the future growth of Superior.

For the past few months SDC and the Chamber have been seen using the hashtag #ruraliscool via social media platforms. We encourage you to do the same as you are posting your experiences on your own personal accounts.

‘Rural is Cool’ shirts will be available for sale at this upcoming weekend’s Homegrown event in Downtown Superior. A portion of the shirt sales will go to the continued beautification of Superior. Plans for new entrance signs, holiday decorations, downtown benches and receptacles are projects on the forefront currently.

If you would like to purchase a shirt or would like more information on how to get involved in Superior, contact Heather Erickson, Superior Development Corporation in the City of Superior offices.


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DED Announces Recipients under Innovative Housing Demonstration Program

June 25, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) – Unique, exciting and replicable: three adjectives that aptly describe the projects that have been awarded funding under the DED-administered Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) Innovative Housing Demonstration Program.

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) administers the NAHTF program annually to support communities in their efforts to develop quality, affordable homes. This, in turn, promotes economic growth by empowering communities to attract and retain working residents.

On one hand, it was business as usual in 2018 as DED announced the award of 28 NAHTF applications for the annual program cycle — though “business as usual” hardly applies to a program that has helped to develop thousands of housing units across Nebraska since its inception in 1996. On the other, this year saw DED administer approximately $1.35 million from the NAHTF in an entirely new way.   

Under the Innovative Housing Demonstrative Program, DED challenged community stakeholders to find creative and effective ways to address their local housing needs.

“With NAHTF funding still available, we were able to do something out of the ordinary and issue a request for proposals,” said DED Director Dave Rippe. “What we were searching for were innovative, ‘outside-the-box’ methods for addressing community housing issues; projects that would not only accomplish local objectives, but that would do so in a way that has perhaps not been done before in Nebraska, and that could potentially serve as a model for other communities.”

As anticipated, the economic development community delivered in spades.

“We received 33 proposals under the new program, and the quality of proposals made selecting a short list of finalists a difficult task,” Rippe said. “We are consistently impressed by the work of our peers in the housing and economic development communities. They provide outstanding service to our state, and are a driving force behind Nebraska’s growth.”

Ultimately, DED selected two economic development organizations and a local municipality to receive funding under the Innovative Housing Demonstration program. All projects will benefit persons who are at or below 120% of their area median income, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) will receive $450,000 to support a project that involves transforming unused, dilapidated buildings on the now-vacant Dana College campus into a variety of affordable housing options. The initial award will support the renovation of a former dormitory into a dozen apartments. 

“This project is a tremendous and creative example of adaptive reuse,” Rippe said. “It, like the remaining two projects, will also harness revolving loan funds. This means the impact of our initial investments will create a ripple effect to support new investments and projects.”   

In southwest Nebraska, McCook Economic Development Corporation was awarded $405,600, which it will use to finance a unique revolving loan fund created in partnership between the communities of McCook, Benkelman and Cambridge. While DED’s initial investment will fund the construction of two single-family units, the partnership framework creates a scenario where each community pitches in and everyone benefits.  

“This is a project where three independent communities have come to the table with a shared vision and formed a strong, concerted plan of action,” Rippe said. “It’s a terrific example of what can be accomplished through the power of partnerships.”

Last but not least, the City of Superior will receive $500,000 to support its BOOM (“Building Owner Occupied Momentum”) initiative. This will see the City experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional housing options — including prefabricated container homes and cottages — to attract and accommodate families and young professionals. The initial award will support the construction of six new infill units. As homes are sold, proceeds will be used as revolving loans for additional housing activities.

“Sometimes non-traditional progress calls for non-traditional approaches,” Rippe said. “In Superior, housing leaders are finding ways to extract the biggest bang out of every investment in the community housing stock. As with each of the Innovative Housing Demonstration projects, we’re excited to see this come to fruition.”

More information related to the Innovative Housing Demonstration program is slated for release as projects are completed. In the meantime, keep following DED for the latest news and information on the NAHTF and other economic development programs.

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