Category: LCEDF Initiatives

Downtown Lincoln listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Lincoln’s downtown commercial district was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on June 1, 2020. The district’s buildings date from between 1881 to 2001 with two-thirds of them being built by or before 1920. 

Returning vacant and dilapidated properties back into productive use

Title image of falling down stone block building with title "Dealing with Dilapidated properties"

Lincoln County is a wonderful place to live and do business but we know we aren’t perfect.  We struggle with vacant and dilapidated properties like so many other communities around the state and country.  Nearly 25 percent of all our housing units are vacant, a number that has been creeping up for quite some time.  …

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Remote-work jobs in computer science, professional fields or support services*

rural and remote

The Rural & Remote program connects Lincoln County residents with remote-work jobs ensuring those who want to live a rural lifestyle can still advance in their careers.

Lincoln’s City Park listed in the National Register of Historic Places

A survey of Lincoln’s City Park has been completed to determine if the area would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to the City to help maintain and improve the park.

Historic Survey of Downtown Sylvan Grove

A survey of downtown Sylvan Grove has been completed to determine if the overall downtown district (and/or individual properties within it) would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to property owners to help maintain and improve their properties.

2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program

Plans for the Sylvan Grove Public Library’s future expansion is starting to get real! The economic development office’s summer interns met with library staff and a few board members this morning to review schematic designs.

In the spring of 2018, the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation invited businesses and organizations in the downtown districts of the Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Barnard and Beverly communities to apply to the Downtown Design Assistance Program. Attractive and well-maintained storefronts and buildings are critical to the survival of small town businesses. Property owners often defer …

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Redevelopment of the former Lincoln High School

Since 1922, the former Lincoln High School has stood as a cornerstone of the community at the south end of 4th Street. Although it has largely sat vacant since the last class graduated from it in 1996, a group of local citizens organized the 1922 Foundation, a non-profit 501c(3), to purchase the building and work towards redeveloping the building into a new use.