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Hartington, NE celebrates 45 years of economic development

HARTINGTON, Nebraska (KTIV)- Nearly 70 miles northwest of Sioux City, sits the town of Hartington, Nebraska.

At the end of the week, Hartington will celebrate the 45th Anniversary for Hartington Economic Development.

The town has seen improvements in recent years regarding the town’s economic growth.

“We have several different kinds of employers,” says Peggy Year, Vice President of the Economic Development Board of Directors.

Vice President of the Economic Development Board of Directors, Peggy Year, says what makes Hartington different, is the mindset of the founding fathers of Hartington Economic Development.

“They were so concerned with establishing a good quality of life for the residents, that they’ve always been forward-thinking and planning,” says Year. “Looking 20-30 years down the road as opposed to just what’s happening today.”

The board continuously researches how to grow the town of nearly 1,500, and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

“Hydraulics is a business that’s been in Hartington since the 70’s,” adds Year. “There’s northeast Pipe and Pannel will come and repair, there are several out in our industrial park that are major employers that help keep part-time and full-time people going and coming into Hartington all the time.”

And that has been proven over the last few decades.

“The county has lost a lot of its population,” said Year. “But Hartington itself has been stable through the last 50 years.”

The celebration is this Friday, November 16 at the newly renovated Hartington Historic Hotel.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley will be at the lunch.

Open houses will be held at Hartington businesses, and the annual Candlelight Christmas, and a lighted vehicle parade at 7 p.m.

Jennifer Lenzini

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