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Welcome to the SCEDC Blog!

Below, you can find new information concerning Seward County and join in the conversation!

Seward County is strategically positioned within Nebraska along I-80 and also encompasses one of BNSF’s main rail lines. From a cost of doing business standpoint, this makes expanding in or relocating to Seward County a smart choice! Check out this article from Inbound Logistics that further articulates Nebraska’s ideal location in regards to providing for companies transportation needs: http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/nebraska-a-crossroads-and-a-gateway/

Check out the SCEDC Facebook page for regular updates: www.facebook.com/SewardRegional

Here’s a document of the recent economic development efforts in Seward: City of Seward Playbook 2016

Here’s the SCEDC’s Annual Report 2014

October 31, 2013

Check out this article on Jones National Bank and Trust Company – November’s Featured Gold Member!

By Andrew Malan, SCEDC Intern


As residents of Seward have likely seen, their city is renovating and building its way to a promising future. New businesses, a freshly-paved Main Street and an added 3D movie theatre screen are only the beginning investments to the city’s progressive economic future.

One of the biggest stories of Seward’s movement forward is the large-scale renovation project at Jones National Bank and Trust Company. Both Seward citizens and passers-by are likely to notice the overhaul underway at the corner of 6th and Main Street, the location of Jones’ main offices.

The people at Jones Bank are excited about the $5 million project that will give the bank’s main office a modern, brand new look both outside and in. In addition to the new bank facility, the Jones project includes an area to the west of the building that will be made into public

“The primary reason for the remodel is due to the ongoing changes in banking and technology,“ said Charlie Schumacher, Executive Vice President of Business Development. “We needed to update our facility for current and future technology needs.” Jones National Bank and Trust Company is a Gold-Level Member of the Seward County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) and is November’s featured Gold-Level Member.

Ever since Jones National Bank and Trust Company opened on the downtown square on Oct. 1, 1883, it has served Seward residents and those of the surrounding areas. In 1958, Jones moved its main offices across to 6th and Main St., where it remains to this day.

According to their website, “it has always been the sincere goal of the Bank to provide its customers with the best of business and personal financial services.”

Jones National Bank and Trust Company provides top-quality personal, agricultural and commercial banking and loan services. Jones also excels in its providing of Trust and Insurance to the people of
Seward County.

In 2003, Jones Bank began construction of a branch in Milford, Neb. That bank has successfully served the people of Milford since its opening in 2004.

“Jones National Bank and Trust Company is a privately owned, homegrown bank,” said Schumacher. “We want to continue to have quality products and services for our customers and community. This
allows the bank to keep jobs in the community and lends to future expansion and more jobs.”

130 years later, Jones National Bank and Trust Company continues to generously invest in the future of Seward County. During the renovations, Jones has moved their main-office operations to
the Bradford Centre across from SunMart.

The temporary transition has not affected the bank’s continued dedicated service to Seward and the surrounding area. The people at Jones hope that you’ll stop in for a visit.

Completion of the highly-anticipated remodeling is set for June of 2014.

Learn more about Jones National Bank and Trust Co. and the renovation process by visiting them on the web at: www.jonesbank.com.

UPDATE: NOV. 22, 2013

SCEDC Hires New Office Manager

(SEWARD, NEN). Seward County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) hired Katrina Brabec of Seward as their new part-time office manager starting in November 2013. Brabec will be working for Jonathan Jank, Executive Director of SCEDC. She is replacing Fay Harre who is retiring. SCEDC is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2011 to create and expand economic development opportunities in SewardCounty. Recently, SCEDC partnered with local stakeholders to create the Seward/Lincoln Regional Rail Campus, which is a construction-ready 306 acre rail served industrial property located south of Seward and west of Nebraska Highway 15. To learn more about this development, please visit: www.SewardRailCampus.com.

Brabec has lived inSewardCountyfor four years. She comes to the organization with over 15 years experience in state and federal government. Brabec has worked in the Governor’s Office of Arkansas for Mike Huckabee as an administrative and scheduling assistant, as well as the Bankruptcy Court inArkansas. After relocating toNebraska, Brabec was employed with the State ofNebraska State Personnel Division. She was part of the implementation team for LINK which is a new software-as-a-service (SAAS) program for human resources, payroll, employee development and benefits for over 17,000 Nebraska state employees.


UPDATE: Feb. 11, 2014


The Cattle National Bank and Trust Company may be most famous for the big brick building on the Seward downtown square, but what you may not know is that Cattle Bank is growing its presence in Lincoln.

The Seward-native bank has two locations on 5th street in its hometown. Its main bank remains in the big brick building on the square while its motor bank facility sits down the road on 405 North 5th Street.

Cattle Bank has since opened two locations in Lincoln. Its West A Branch sits on Coddington Avenue while the Village Branch serves on 5800 Hidcote Drive.

Cattle Bank’s presence in Lincoln serves customers who regularly make commutes between cities. Since many Seward residents spend their workday in Lincoln, the bank is able to cater its banking services to these individuals effectively.

The Cattle National Bank and Trust Company is also excited about a new branch that is currently under construction in Fallbrook. Fallbrook, a relatively new Lincoln neighborhood located in the Northwest part of the town, has made Cattle part of its ongoing efforts to expand.

The new bank branch will be located right next to the brand new Super Saver on the most northern part of the neighborhood. Construction on the new branch began in 2013 and is projected to open on or around May 1, 2014.

The new bank location will join Super Saver as two of the first additions to the designated Fallbrook MarketPlace area of the neighborhood.

The new location in the Fallbrook neighborhood will give Cattle its fifth location to date. When completed, the bank will be able to reach out to individuals in the northwestern-most part of Lincoln, an area between the current four locations.

In an article published on the Fallbrook website, Ryne Seaman, President and CEO of Cattle National Bank and Trust Company, expressed excitement for the new location.

“We are excited to be a part of the Fallbrook MarketPlace and look forward to becoming the neighborhood community bank for Northwest Lincoln,” he said. “In addition, this location will allow us to provide more convenient banking services including extended hours, a drive-up ATM and drive-through services to our large commuter customer base from Seward County and locations north and west of Fallbrook.”

Started in 1873, The Cattle National Bank and Trust Company is a $200 million, community bank serving Nebraskans in the Seward-Lincoln areas. Cattle Bank continues to serve its customers in 2014 by providing complete financial services including retail deposit, lending, trust and wealth management, as well as online banking.