Membership

Membership and Services in the
Southeast Nebraska Development District
(Revised February 2011)

 Explanation of Southeast Nebraska Development District’s
General and Full Membership Due Program

General Membership Services
General Municipal Membership includes any municipality which is not a due paying member itself but is located within a County which is paying membership dues.

Services available to a General Member will include, but not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Receiving the District’s newsletter
  • Receiving the special notices regarding the availability of programs of interest to political subdivisions
  • Limited staff visits to discuss requirements of participation in specific programs

Full Membership Services

Full Municipal Membership includes any municipality located within a dues paying County which is also paying the membership dues assessment established by the SENDD Board of Directors.  Examples of services available to a Full Member include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Receiving the District’s newsletter
  • Receive special notices regarding the availability of programs of interest to political subdivisions
  • Unlimited visits to discuss requirements of participation in specific programs
  • Assistance, normally at no cost, with the preparation of grant and loan applications
  •  Special studies associated with grant and loan applications
  • Census data and special reports normally maintained by SENDD
  • Labor/Workforce data normally maintained by SENDD
  • Staff consultation on specific employment generating projects

Membership Surcharges

To be entitled to Full Membership services, dues assessments need to be paid by October 31 of each Fiscal Year or be assessed a surcharge for services requested of, and provided by, SENDD.

To be entitled to Full Membership services with no surcharge, a Municipality needs to have been a dues paying member for the three years prior to the year in which the services are requested and must have paid its current year’s assessment prior to October 31 in the year in which the services were re­quested.

Providing there has been an interruption in Full Membership status, the following special assessment schedule will apply:

1.   If membership dues were not paid during any of the three prior years, services would be provided only if the requesting municipality agrees to pay the current year’s membership dues plus a special surcharge equaling 75 percent of ACTUAL costs incurred in the provision of the requested service(s).

2.  If membership dues were paid in one of the prior three years, services will be provided only if the requesting municipality agrees to pay the current year’s membership dues plus a surcharge equaling 50 percent of ACTUAL costs incurred in the provision of the requested service(s).

3.  If membership dues were paid two of the prior three years, services will be provided only if the requesting municipality agrees to pay the current year’s membership dues plus a special surcharge equaling 25 percent of ACTUAL costs incurred in the provision of the requested service(s).

EXAMPLES OF SENDD SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

As SENDD staff includes persons with varied professional backgrounds, experience and education, the organization is capable of providing assistance in a number of areas.  Examples of areas of experience would include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

GRANT/LOAN APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

  • United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development:  multi-family new housing construction, public facilities grants/loans, industrial development, business loans
  • Nebraska Department of Economic Development: owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, public facilities, industrial development, job training, tourism, new housing construction, first-time homeowner down payment assistance, purchase/rehab/resale housing program
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality:  recycling/waste disposal grant programs
  • Nebraska Department of Roads: applications under the Transportation Enhancement Program, etc.
  • Economic Development Administration:  public works grants associated with job generation
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: parks and recreation grants

NOTE: Since 1980, SENDD has written 870 successful grant and loan applications for 102 different entities   for the purpose of accomplishing over $416.1 million in projects.  Total grant/loan awards received for those projects equaled nearly $104.4 million.  These successful applications have leveraged approximately $311.2 million in funding from other sources.

FOUNDATION PROPOSALS

The organization maintains information on foundations which includes typical grant sizes, frequency of proposal cycles and areas of funding preference.  Staff has assisted member municipalities in the development of successful funding proposals for various public facilities including parks, recreation, hiking/biking/jogging trails, community and senior citizen centers.

EXPANSION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Examples of some of the sources of employment enhancing programs utilized in accomplishing projects would include, but not be limited to, the following:

CDBG-ED AND TDISENDD has assisted 22 political subdivisions package 50 different successful grant applications for projects under the Community Development Block Grant program, Economic Development and Tourism Development Initiative categories.  As a result, approximately $13.6 million in grant funds were awarded which leveraged over $208.3 million in financing from other sources for total project costs of over $221.9 million.  Of the total CDBG awards, approximately $4.1 million was for infrastructure projects to support business development.  In a majority of the awards and subsequent to their receipt, the grantee political subdivisions entered into loan agreements with small business concerns which claimed creation or retention of 1,321 employment positions.

Local RLFsIn many instances where grant awards have been received from the Nebraska Community Development Block Grant program, Economic Development category, for small business  projects, grantee political subdivisions are allowed to recapture all, or a portion of, principal and interest payments made by the small business concerns who are the ultimate loan recipients.  The principal and interest payments are then used by the grantees to establish Revolving Loan Funds to finance future business development efforts.  Nine member political subdivisions having such program income have established individual or multi-political subdivision RLFs and have entered into special services contracts with SENDD for the purpose of administering their RLFs.  A total of 51 small business concerns have been awarded over $3.8 million in loans from these revolving loan funds.  An additional $17.4 million has been leveraged from other sources for these projects, resulting in total project development costs of over $21.2 million, and contributing to the creation/retention of 317 employment positions.

SENDD DIRECT LENDING PROGRAMS–SENDD operates two direct lending programs from revolving loan funds which have been capitalized with program income and grants and loans from the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program and USDA Intermediary Relending Program.  A total of 21 small business concerns located in 12 different political subdivisions have been financed from these two RLF’s.  Loans totaled over $1.4 million and leveraged $639,813 from other sources for total project costs nearly $2.0 million.  The lendings resulted in 69 claimed job retentions or newly created positions.

SBA Loan Programs–SENDD has participated in the packaging of 30 small business loans for entities located within 11 member jurisdictions.  These loans totaled $8.5 million.  An additional $17.0 million was injected by the small business concerns with the resultant creation/retention of 432 employment positions and total project investments exceeding $25.5 million.

EDA Financing Programs–The District has been successful in accessing project funding to support its economic development efforts from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.  The six funded projects, located in nine communities, received grants of  over $4.1 million  matched with over $3.3 million from other sources to accomplish nearly $6.9 million in public works projects and resulting in the creation/retention of 1,305 employment positions.

SUMMARY:  Since 1980, SENDD has prepared 203 successful grant and loan applications for over $34.0 million to assist small business concerns with expansion or location projects within 34 member political subdivisions. These small business development projects leveraged additional investments of nearly $253.5 million, bringing total development costs to approximately $287.5 million.  These small business lending activities have contributed to the creation/retention of 3,711 employment positions.

FINANCING FOR SINGLE AND MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING

SENDD has provided grant/loan application development and construction management services within 73 different political subdivisions on 322 separate housing rehabilitation, down payment assistance and/or new construction projects.  This activity has resulted in the planned rehabilitation and/or construction of 1,724 single and multi-family, residential units and the actual accomplishment of 1,273.   The total value of these projects is nearly $71.3 million.  Responsibilities of the organization included working with the grantee political subdivision or developer in developing their housing plan; preparation of  the grant/loan application; interviewing clients to determine eligibility for participation; construction  write-ups; development of construction bid packets; selection of contractors; construction inspection; etc.

PUBLIC WORKS, PLANNING AND FEASIBILITY STUDIES GRANT/LOAN APPLICATIONS

Since 1980, SENDD has provided grant/loan application development assistance on a total of 395 successful public works projects resulting in grant/loan awards to 91 different entities.  Grants and loans associated with the projects equaled nearly $51.3 million with total investments exceeding $140.9 million.

SPECIAL STUDIES AND PLANS

SENDD staff has experience in additional areas including the following:

  • Housing Needs Plans
  • Housing Conditions Studies
  • Household Income Studies
  • Community Needs Assessment Surveys
  • Workforce Availability Studies

Project Specific Environmental Reviews