Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger will step down Dec. 1 to become the public power district's government affairs manager. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the change Friday and praised Dentlinger for her work in state government.
According to the Pine Bluff Commercial, the Economic Development Corp. of Jefferson County voted this week to let the tax sunset in 2018. The sales tax was part of the "Penny for Progress" initiative that funded both economic development and infrastructure improvements.
The governor's office says Rippe helped businesses expand in his area and worked on the city of Hastings' downtown revitalization efforts. He also helped with recruitment and job-creation efforts and several small business startups.
The Minot Daily News reports the council has agreed to divert nearly $823,000 in sales tax that's expected to be collected for the city's MAGIC Fund to flood protection for 2018. The fund was created in 1990 and has been used to grant and loan money to businesses.
Last year, the state's 10 economic regions split more than $700 million in funding intended to support hundreds of company expansions, new start-up businesses, local higher education programs and workforce development initiatives.