City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler and the City of Lincoln will be honored today with a Groundbreaking Award from the Nebraska Housing Developers Association at the inaugural Build Nebraska Housing Summit. Lincoln is one of two communities to be honored with a 5 p.m. reception at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.
Lincoln was recognized for its commitment to community development and the City’s efforts in revitalizing neighborhoods and offering affordable housing. Mayor Beutler said that community collaboration and teamwork has been a key factor in strengthening some of the city’s core neighborhoods.
“Without the involvement of so many stakeholders over so many years, Lincoln wouldn’t be what it is today – a community that values its neighborhoods and is a great place to live and raise a family,” said Mayor Beutler. “Many people and organizations are dedicated to making sure that Lincoln continues to be a great city for future generations.”
Beutler said his recent initiative “Stronger Safer Neighborhoods” is an example of ongoing community collaboration. The program works to improve neighborhoods and revitalize problem areas. It is a partnership of government, non-profit organizations, neighborhoods, schools, and the business and development community.
“Lincoln has a long history of citizen involvement,” said Beutler. “The monthly Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable, a forum for issues of concern, began in the 1970s. Strong, active neighborhood associations have been a key factor in strengthening social ties to the community, enhancing the urban environment and representing residents’ views.”
In the 1980s, local landmark districts were created to help preserve historic parts of the community. Neighborhood Housing Services, later renamed NeighborWorks® Lincoln, also was established to build and rehabilitate housing.
During the 1990s, the City’s Urban Development Department began creating “focus area plans” with neighborhoods to help guide public and private planning and reinvestment. The City and 17 neighborhood associations worked with builders and Realtors to create neighborhood design standards to encourage rehabilitation of existing housing while promoting new construction compatible with the surrounding environment.
In the last decade, a five-year, $1 million grant from the Woods Charitable Fund to NeighborWorks® Lincoln has helped support affordable housing development and drive the continuing collaboration among the City, private non-profits and the business and development community.
The Build Nebraska Housing Summit was created to bring community leaders, legislators and policymakers together to address critical issues affecting housing development in the state. More information is available on the Nebraska Housing Developers Association Web site at housingdevelopers.org.