The quality growth program began in North Platte in 2003. The money grows from a small slice of city sales taxes.

The list of distributions shows money for retail stores, to develop land for businesses, for small business starts, for downtown, for recycling, and a series of relatively recent appropriations aimed to keep North Platte’s economy alive during the COVID-19 slump.

By state law, voters must pass judgement on the fund every 10 years before it can be reauthorized. The question is on the general election ballot that will be decided Nov. 3.

This is the list of allocations since the first allocation was made in 2004, according to Development Corporation financial records.

 

Feb 2004 – for Twin Rivers Industrial Park infrastructure — $113,852.

May 2006 – to Van Kirk Brothers Contracting, industrial park infrastructure — $34,006.50.

Sept. 2006 – Chamber of Commerce, retail analysis — $54,000.

Dec. 2006 – Paulsen, Inc., industrial park paving — $69,900.

Feb. 2007 – DevCo of North Platte, marketing study to determine areas of focus — $69,000 (phase 1 permit).

July 2007 — DevCo of North Platte, marketing — $67,000 (phase II permit).

Aug. 2007 – DevCo of North Platte, marketing — $28,000 (phase III permit).

June 2008 – grant to Suhr enterprises for Gary’s Super Foods — $300,000.

Dec. 2008 – payment to Western Engineering for access road to Love’s Truck Stop — $118,277.

March 2010 – loan to start Twin Rivers Testing and Environmental — $100,000.

June 2010 – small business loan to Amanda Hastings for Little Monkey childcare — $25,000.

Nov. 2010 – small business loan for Donald Wiezorek & Vehicle Specialists — $75,000.

Dec. 2010 – to Western Engineering for concrete-culvert work for ABC Salvage — $59,360.

March 2011 — small business loan for BTS of North Platte — $30,000.

May 2011 – grant for Original Town — $50,000.

May 2011 – small business loan for Original Town — $25,000.

May 2012 – engineering services for Fremont Drive storm water drainage near Premier Toyota.

June 1012 – Cement work for Fremont Dr. storm water drainage.

Aug. 2012 – Loan Bio Ag Solutions — $48,212.35 (gap financing Frist National Bank.)

Aug. 2012 – Loan Bio Ag Solutions — $71,787.63.

Sept. 2012 – reimburse Municipal Light and Water for storm water work on Fremont Dr.– $7,893.50.

Oct. 2012 – reimburse Nebraska Dept. of Roads access to Inland Truck Parts — $19,500.

Nov. 2012 – reimburse NDOR for access on Newberry, final payment — $19,500.

Dec. 2012 to Sept. 2013 – payments to Regional Recycling totaling $63,799.22.

March 2013 – performance-based grant for small business start-up to People Oriented Planning — $30,700.

June 2014 – grant to K& L Enterprises for bowling alley — $100,000.

June 2014 – loan to K&L Enterprises for bowling alley — $350,000.

Oct. 2014 – forgivable loan to ABC Recycling — $85,800.

Jan. 2015 – Hobby Lobby — $440,000 when lease was signed.

May 2015 – Hobby Lobby — $440,000 when site was ready.

July 2015 – payment to Cement Products to improve road in Twin Rivers Industrial Park – $97,965.88.

Aug. 2015 – loan to help Priority Medical Transport launch — $350,000.

Aug. 2015 – Twin Rivers Testing and Environmental for improved road in Twin Rivers Industrial Park — $797.75.

Sept. 2015 – payment to Municipal Light and Water for Twin Rivers Road improvement — $19,713.33.

Jan. 2016 – allocation to North Platte Chamber for shot-in-the-arm housing program — $172,000.

June 2017 – grant to help restore historic building (Switchyard restaurant) at main intersection — $30,000.

Aug. 2017 – grant to fund “Work NP” program, providing financial incentives for employees to move to NP — $100,000.

June 2018 – grant for downtown façade improvements — $350,000.

Sept. 2018 – grant for phase 2 of shot-in-the-arm program — $350,000.

Jan. 2019 – grant to Creativity Unlimited Arts Council to help restore 1913 post office building — $175,000.

June 2019 – grant for Buxton study of retail data, to help draw stores to NP — $20,000.

June 2019 – grant for downtown façade improvements — $250,000.

June 2019 – grant for downtown façade improvements — $150,000.

Sept. 2019 – performance based foregiveable loan to Pratraria Ventures for warehouse development.

Nov. 2019 – grant to city to study parks, recreation & wellness improvements — $20,000.

Jan. 2020 – grant for phase 2 of Buxton study — $20,000.

April 2020 – grant to provide technical assistance to business to apply for COVID relief – $50,000.

April 2020 – grant to Main Street Network for workshop on developing upper floors downtown — $4,800.

May 2020 – grant to leverage funds for preliminary work on industrial park near railroad — $75,000.

May 2020 – grant for small business gift card program to stimulate retail shopping — $200,000.

July 2020 – loan to expand Big-Eye Spinnerbaits, Sutherland — $50,400.

June 2020 – line of credit, if needed, for Nebraskaland Days — $350,000.

Oct. 2020 – performance based loan to Whitetail — $400,000

Oct. 2020 – loan to McNew’s Unlimited — $95,000

 

In addition, $1.85 million is currently set aside for funding commitments, primarily development by Prataria Ventures/Chief Industries and the downtown streetscape project.

Currently, there is a balance of $1.75 million in the quality growth fund, plus another $500,000 set aside for small businesses.