In August 2018, with the assistance of Five Rule Rural Planning out of Kearney, Nebraska, the City completed a downtown Pierce revitalization plan. The plan was funded by a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $30,000. A major component of the downtown revitalization plan was seeking public input of business owners and several individuals interested in the future of Pierce. Public input consisted of conducting a survey of the downtown business owners and residents, interviews of stakeholders and focus groups, and hosing a community open house. As a result of the downtown revitalization plan, the City of Pierce applied for CDBG funding for infrastructure improvements to the two blocks of Brown Street from Nebraska to Court St.
In February of 2019, the City was awarded CDBG funding in the amount of $445,000. $400,000 of the awarded amount will be used to offset the costs associated with downtown revitalization including sidewalk and parking improvements, storm sewer installation, and pedestrian lighting. A Downtown Revitalization Committee made up of five downtown business owners have assisted the City with this project. The Brown Street project is expected to take place during the summer of 2020.
City of Pierce
106 S. 1st St.
Pierce, NE 68767