Success Stories

Valley County

The HTC partnership began in 2002 in Ord in Valley County, Nebraska. The county’s population was less than 5,000, and this seemed destined to only decrease due to youth outmigration. However, with the help of HTC and the creation of the Valley County Economic Development Board, things began to turn around. After more than seven decades of decline, between 2000 and 2010, Valley County added:

  • 105 new businesses
  • 20 business expansions and 22 ownership transitions
  • 332 new full-time jobs
  • $120 million in new investments
  • Population decline has slowed

Furthermore, median household income in Valley County increased by 26 percent between 2000 and 2008. Per capita income is now growing at more than twice the state average, and population decline has slowed for the first time in decades. Between 2000 and 2010, Valley County also added several physical improvements, including: a renovated downtown in Ord, a new hospital, renovated schools, a new fire hall, a new housing development, two industrial parks, a renovated walking trail and fishing pond and a new community college presence. 


Holt County

Holt County, with just over 12,000 people, is located about 100 miles north of Interstate 80 and 200 miles from the state’s major metro areas. Some experts would say this means its towns have no future, but with the help of HTC, Holt County is proving them wrong.

HTC started in Holt County in 2007 with a leadership program that brought together residents from its nine municipalities. Soon enough these community leaders combined together to form the Holt County Economic Development — an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation.  By working together, residents across Holt County have managed to make huge differences in their communities. In the first 5 years of its HTC partnership, Holt County has achieved:

  • 28 new businesses
  • 18 business expansions
  • 11 business transitions
  • 172 new jobs
  • 64 retained jobs
  • 118 new households
  • More than $3.2 million in gifts to donor-advised funds to benefit future community projects

This doesn’t sound like a town with no future. 


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