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Southeast Nebraska Development District


Our Mission

The SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (SENDD) is a voluntary association of counties and municipalities formed under the Nebraska Interlocal Cooperation Act to identify common problems, their solutions, and to provide continuing support for efficient and effective government among its members.

SENDD Membership includes the Counties (and their participating communities) of:  Cass, Fillmore, Gage,  Jefferson,  Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, and York.

Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.
— Project for Public Spaces

Falls City Library

Falls City Library

Our Region

Cumulatively, SENDD’s area is over 8,300 square miles. Primarily rural, SENDD represents nearly 140 jurisdictions ranging in size from 30 - 8,000 residents. Most of the service area has a population density of under 51 persons per square mile. However, the district’s proximity to the Lincoln and Omaha Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) influences development for much of the region. Additionally, the presence of I-80 affects population shifts across the area. The SENDD region’s population has remained relatively stable since 2000. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2000, the area’s total population was 178,868. Eight years later, the 15 counties’ population was 176,538, which reflects a loss of 2,300 individuals (1.3% decrease). This trend continued into 2017 as an additional 679 (0.4% decrease) residents migrated out of the area.  

What We Do

  • General Governmental Contact and Liaison

  • Grant Writing

    Governmental grant and loan programs, including:  USDA-RD, CDBG, WR&RIG, DOR, NEO, LWCF, NLC, EDA, etc. as well as private foundations including: Kiewit, U.S. West, RWJ and Coryell.  The value of funded projects exceeds $422.5 million.

  • Business & Industry Financing

    SENDD has financial resources in two revolving loan funds (IRP-RLF and RBEG-RLF) which are utilized to make direct loans to new and expanding small business concerns within member political subdivisions.  In addition, SENDD currently manages a total of 12 single and multi-community locally capitalized revolving loan funds under special services contracts with those political subdivisions.  Project development totals exceeds $287.1 million with job generation of approximately 3,705 jobs created or retained.  We also have knowledge of SBA 504 Loans, SBA 7-A Loan Guarantees and CDBG-ED packaging, etc.

  • Grant Administration

    SENDD has assisted in the development of over 904 successful grant and loan applications since 1980, and when needed aided with their administration.

  • Housing Rehabilitation Program Management

    Residential and Rental Rehabilitation programs with over 1,815 separate units with a total value of over $77.3 million.

  • Special Studies/Plans

    Housing Needs Assessment/Marketing Studies, Community Assessment Studies/Surveys, Household Income Surveys, Workforce Availability Studies, etc.

  • Financial Packaging

    Business loan projects for expansion of existing and development of new businesses for assistance through CDBG, USDA-RD and SBA resources. In providing these services, SENDD has assisted communities and counties in successfully completing an array of infrastructure projects; water distribution systems including storage and supply, storm sewer systems, sanitary sewer collection and treatment systems, street paving, flood and erosion control, solid waste management systems, recycling programs, community and/or senior centers, park and recreation development, rehabilitation of homes and other affordable housing projects, etc. Business financing and packaging projects have also assisted in creating and/or retaining over 3,700 jobs within SENDD member communities and counties.


Community Development

SENDD provides technical assistance to member communities  to address a variety of community development needs, including water and wastewater improvements, senior centers, community centers, recreation facilities, street and drainage improvements, community planning and other community facilities that enhance the quality of life in the our service area.


Economic Development

SENDD possesses two loan programs which are available to assist businesses located in SENDD member communities.

Affordable Housing

SENDD provides technical assistance to member communities to address a variety of affordable housing needs, including housing market studies, housing rehabilitation programs, and downpayment assistance programs.  The SENDD staff provide project and grant development assistance, guidance in budgeting and financial management of affordable housing programs.


SENDD News and Funding Opportunities

Learn about the latest SENDD news including project updates, featured regional events and current funding opportunities.