Kearney has been chosen as the new location for the Central Nebraska Veterans Home.
Kearney won the bid over three other communities, including Grand Island where the home is currently located.
“This was not an easy decision,” stated Gov. Dave Heineman. “We have four outstanding communities who submitted outstanding proposals. The proposals were financially stronger and better than we anticipated. I appreciate that each community focused on their strengths and what was best for veterans.”
The current home in Grand Island is 125-years-old.
The new facility is a $121 million project. It is expected to create 350 jobs.
The state requested bids from communities interested in having the new facility.
The Site Selection Committee recommended Kearney based on its comprehensive proposal including the financial proposal; the workforce development plan; and subsidized electrical, water and sewer rates and refuse discounts, among other factors.
The two other cities that submitted bids were Hastings and North Platte.
Bids were evaluated on the basis of nine categories. A perfect score would have been 1200.
Kearney received a score of 1033, Hastings 977, Grand Island 889 and North Platte 855.
Tyson Havranek, KHAS, contributed to this report.