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Scribner, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/24/2014

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Scribner, Nebraska

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  Scribner, a prosperous community located in northern Dodge County in Nebraska, is bordered by the scenic Elkhorn River. Scribner is centrally located on US Highway 275 between Lincoln, Omaha, Fremont, Sioux City, and Norfolk. Scribner's central location provides access to larger metropolitan areas, yet gives its citizens the opportunity to enjoy small town values.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Dodge County .......36,69136,427-0.7%
Labor Market Population1.......629,722643,4462.2%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2013. City populations estimated to be released July 2013.

County Age Distribution (2012) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 4,823 1,076 4,252 4,748 2,953 426 17,852 49.0 %
Female...... 4,730 1,083 4,069 4,819 3,874 833 18,575 51.0 %

Total: 9,553 2,159 8,321 9,567 6,827 1,259

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 40.6 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2012.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,91320,173344,148    
Total Employment.....980,66819,324328,936    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%4.2%4.4%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (800) 282-6773.
Source: Year end 2012, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/28/2013.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.25$27.77$45.86
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$8.42$12.87$17.02
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$9.86$16.78$25.25
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.94$13.71$19.88
Civil Engineers$20.46$38.06$54.54
Computer Operators$8.93$14.56$23.15
Computer Programmers$16.88$30.37$92.53
Computer Systems Analysts$24.54$39.72$92.53
Customer Service Representatives$9.13$13.18$19.16
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$13.12$17.83$22.84
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.20$14.78$24.64
Data Entry Keyers$11.33$16.76$22.56
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.12$11.45$14.30
Driver/Sales Workers$8.26$11.35$25.34
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.50$29.49$38.13
Electrical Engineers$27.04$36.49$48.23
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.01$16.41$19.10
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$7.90$9.35$11.72
Industrial Engineers$25.12$34.53$46.36
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.30$17.73$23.12
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$11.19$13.92$18.71
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.63$12.46$17.88
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.54$17.00$19.28
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.90$19.88$24.65
Mechanical Engineers$20.24$30.01$43.16
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$20.22$28.19$35.72
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.27$20.80$23.61
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$12.05$15.54$18.48
Nursing Assistants$9.63$11.09$14.13
Office Clerks, General$8.29$11.38$16.63
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.23$13.07$16.91
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.47$11.73$15.65
Registered Nurses$19.63$25.00$34.12
Retail Salespersons$8.13$9.68$17.66
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.35$12.54$18.13
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.76$14.37$19.07
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.06$9.74$15.09
Tool and Die Makers$16.63$21.12$23.83
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.57$18.27$24.13
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.89$16.48$30.12
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$11.76$16.02$24.01
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$14.44$17.24$19.20

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Fourth Quarter 2013.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....11
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....I-2944
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. #275/774

Motor Freight Carriers:
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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....58N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....73N/A1 Day
Chicago.....504N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....706N/A2-3 days
Denver.....536N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....245N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1548N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....349N/A1-2 days
New York.....1278N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....496N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Distance to nearest public airport.....19 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,203 feet
Length of longest runway.....5,500 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....60 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 62
Kansas City International 228
Denver International 529

Fremont Aviation is a fixed-base operator at the Fremont Municipal Airport and provides a complete range of services. Fremont Aviation averages fifty flights daily. Scribner's close proximity with Omaha's Eppley Airfield allows convenient access to twenty-one jet service air carriers, one commuter air carrier, seven freight carriers, approximately 92 daily air carrier departures, and nineteen non-stop flights.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 20 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....84
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....57 mile(s)

Scribner is located only 20 minutes from two Class I railroads in Fremont which provide rail service to all points of the compass. Today, the most direct mid-continental railroad route to the west coast passes on a line from Chicago through Fremont and on to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Both piggyback and container service is available in Omaha. The Union Pacific ramp is located on 8th and Mason Street and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe ramp is located in Gibson Yard in south Omaha. Each of these ramps maintain lift on and lift off TOFC/COFC capabilities, as well as providing pick up and delivery services.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: City of Scribner
  phone - (402) 664-3231
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: 800-282-6773 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
  website -
  comments -
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....City of Scribner

The city of Scribner owns and operates the natural gas system. Clayton Energy Corporation is the supplier of natural gas and Northern Natural Gas is the pipeline transporter. The pressures of the 6-inch pipeline are 38 pounds (supply) and 8 pounds (to customer). Natural gas, with a BTU value of 1,000, is available for residential, industrial, and commercial use on a firm basis. Contact gas superintendent, city of Scribner, (402)664-3231, for more information.

Provider.....City of Scribner
Major Source.....2 wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....61 feet
Rated Capacity.....0.619 mgd
Average Capacity.....0.178 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.633 mgd
Storage Capacity.....300,000 gallons
Hardness.....20 ppm
Temperature Range.....52-58 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Water is treated for iron and maganese removal

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Scribner
Type of Service.....mechanical plant
Rated Capacity.....0.150 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.098 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.300 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....No

Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains Communications
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....25

Scribner telecommunications is comparable to that of a metropolitan area. Scribner features a digital central office served by a self-healing fiber ring. GPC offers dial-up and high speed internet in town and Wild Blue high speed satellite for rural residents. More than 150 cable television channels are available, including local-area broadcasters, digital music, and local weather. GPC is also a provider of DirecTV. Call 1-888-343-8014 or log onto for more information.

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Actual Valuation of City: $29,099,146 (year 2010)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2010
Total Real Property.......$1.6842450

City owned utilities enables Scribner to have some of the most competitive utility rates and property tax rates available in the state.

Type of Government..... Mayor/City Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2009 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 98 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 36
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 2
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 59-10

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11491:8
Senior High 11321:11

The Scribner-Snyder school system delivers education to students with diverse learning styles. The teacher to student ratio allows each teacher to know and care about your child on a personal basis. Our community has a number of volunteer organizations that work hard to raise funds for ongoing improvements to the school and school grounds. Some of the larger projects that have occured in the recent past have included construction of a commons area that is able to accomodate students at meal time and has freed up the gymansium for PE classes, serves as a meeting area for the School Board, concession stand area, etc. Volunteers have rebuilt the crow's nest at the football field, a new concession stand and playground equipment at the ball fields utilizing community raised funds, volunteers renovated the school's weight room and filled it with state of the art equipment. The Scribner-Snyder Booster Club, PTA, and Scribner Foundation are three organizations that work continually for school and community improvement. Please visit the School's website at

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....7
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....10
Public Swimming Pool(s).....7
Public Park(s).....20
Public Camp Ground(s).....4
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....4 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

The Riverfront Park is located at Scribner's back door, just east of the river bridge on the banks of the Elkhorn River. It is one of very few public accesses to the river. Here people of all ages can hike, fish, launch a canoe or a tube, or just take a leisurely walk. The area offers woodchip pathways. In the spring and summer the site is a blaze of color with over 37 varieties of wildflowers and native grasses. It is often possible to see wildlife, including a wide variety of small birds, turkey, pheasants, and deer. It offers a very pleasant way of enjoying a bit of country yet so close to town. Several miles north of Scribner on Highway 275, are Dead Timber State Recreation Area and the adjoining Powder Horn Wildlife Management Area, which provides an ideal setting for hunting in various seasons. Dead Timber is a 200-acre area with newly remodeled facilities for camping, fishing, and hiking. Fremont State Lakes Recreation area is 19 miles south of Scribner. Fremont Lakes offers sandy beaches for swimming, boat ramps to accomadate jet skis, motor boats and canoes, electrical and non-electrical camping sites, shower houses, and a general store for your fishing, camping, and picnicking needs. The Missouri River can be accessed at Pelican Point State Recreation area just east of Tekamah, a 30 minute ride from Scribner. Camping, boating, and jet skiing are just a few of the favorite activities enjoyed along the beautiful Missouri.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 4
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 0
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $110
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $450
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $400
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $55,000

Scribner has an active Residential Housing Corporation. The not-for-profit organization aims to increase and preserve affordable housing opportunities. The corporation's business is managed by a six member board of directors. For housing information, contact Lonny Niewohner at (402)664-3454.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....0
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....11

The Scribner Medical Clinic staffs two M.D's and two PAC's. The clinic is open four days per week. The Scribner Volunteer Rescue Squad has twenty-three Emergency Medical Technicians and four Paramedics. The Good Samaratin Center is a skilled, long term care facility and the Elkhorn Valley Villa offers the finest in Assisted Living Services. The Center offers Outpatient Rehab services, (Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Physical Therapy) and also offers Meals on Wheels. Area residents have quick access to two quality hospitals, West Point's St. Francis Memorial Hospital and Fremont's FAMC. A less than 60-90 minute drive can give area resident's access to the highly specialized health services available in Omaha, Norfolk, Sioux City and Lincoln.

Machine Shops in City.......2

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......6

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......110

Number of Protestant Churches.......3
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Banks in City.......1Assets: $45,000,000

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......No

The Scribner Area Chamber meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. The Chamber organizes several large events throughout the year. At the Employer/Employee Banquet awards are given to exemplary Adult and Youth Employees and a Native Son/Daughter is selected as guest speaker. The annual Haze Days Celebration brings together community members, past and present, for a day filled with fun events including the annual street dance with members from the original Velvet Haze Band performing. The Area Chamber hosts a Back-to-School Picnic for businesses, city employees and school employees to get acquainted/reacquainted. The fourth major event of the year is the Christmas Kick-Off event. A prayer service, carroling, and lighting ceremony is held early each December.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....3
Number of Manufacturing Plants with Unions.....0
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....35


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Good Samaritan Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 82   (Male: 3   Female: 79)
Year Established:1969
Products/Service:Skilled long term care, assisted living and specialized health care
#2.Business Name:Scribner-Snyder Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 55   (Male: 18   Female: 37)
Year Established:1917
Products/Service:Pre-K, K-12 Public schools fully accredited by State of Nebraska and North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
#3.Business Name:Scribner Grain
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 17   (Male: 14   Female: 3)
Year Established:1970
Products/Service:Manufactures feed, fertilizer and ag chemicals
#4.Business Name:Northeast Nebraska Biodiesel, L.L.C.
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 14   (Male: 13   Female: 1)
Year Established:2006
Products/Service:Manufacturer of Biodiesel
#5.Business Name:Central Valley Ag
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 9   (Male: 8   Female: 1)
Year Established:1955
Products/Service:Manufactures feed and fertilizer
#6.Business Name:Scribner Bank
Service Sector: Professional & Business Services
Employment Number: Total: 11   (Male: 4   Female: 7)
Year Established:1917
Products/Service:Full line of banking services. Member FDIC
#7.Business Name:Lee's Market
Service Sector: Retail and Wholesale Trade
Employment Number: Total: 13   (Male: 3   Female: 10)
Year Established:1955
Products/Service:Family owned grocer partnered with Affiliated Foods Midwest


Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......1
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available sites:
Sites Available on LOIS for Scribner

The Scribner Industrial Park has 10.0 acres available for purchase. Water and sewer and street access to property is in place. The site has Highway 275 visibility. Contact the Economic Development Center for further information at (402) 664-2565.

Our Community: Scribner offers the best of both worlds. Within an hour's drive residents can access both metropolitan and regional airports, critical care hospitals, and higher education. Within 20 minutes, shopping and employment opportunities exist beyond those available in Scribner. Recreational activities abound right at Scribner's back door. Scribner-Snyder's School ranks very high in State Assessments. Their athletic, drama, and music departments are competititive at both the district and state levels. Come! Be a part of Scribner...a community with a strong heritage... and promising future.

Suggested Sites:
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District @
Visit Scribner, Nebraska on the World Wide Web at: @
certified community

Al Vacanti
City of Scribner
508 3rd Street
PO Box D
Scribner, NE 68057-0542
Phone:(402) 664-3231
Fax:(402) 664-3162
 Deb Eggleston
Scribner Economic Development Center
412 Main Street
P.O. Box K
Scribner, Nebraska 68057
State Contacts:Catherine Lang, Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-4747 or (800) 426-6505
 Rick Nelsen, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (800) 282-6773, ext. 5534
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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