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Welcome to Phelps County, a rural south-central Nebraska area nestled within the heart of the nation. The county is home to a population exceeding 9,000, with its county seat, Holdrege, hailing as its largest community with approximately 5,100 residents.

Holdrege is followed by the villages of Bertrand, Loomis, Funk and its smallest, Atlanta, with approximately 130 residents.

The quality of life enjoyed in Phelps County is second-to-none and unlike many other similar communities in Nebraska and beyond. Its centralized Midwestern location at the junction of U .S. Highways 6/34, 23 and 183 - between the Platte River to the north and Republican River to the south - is ideal for residents and businesses alike.

The real estate market is varied and attractive, with affordable homes in a range of sty les and sizes available to suit the lifestyles of every resident. Beautifully maintained older houses mix well with newer home developments in Holdrege and its surrounding communities. There are also opportunities for rental units in modem apartment complexes and plenty of options for seniors.

Education is a point of pride in Phelps County - communities that host several outstanding school districts and a Catholic elementary school, which all boast students who exhibit excellence inside and outside of the classroom. Residents also have access to a convenient extension of Central Community College and the opportunities of the University of Nebraska­Kearney, located just 30 miles northeast of Holdrege.

These school come together to produce highly skilled and dedicated workers - one of the many benefits for employer doing business here. Businesses of all kinds have chosen to establish operations here, from locally owned companies to national and international firms. The area hosts a strong farming and agribusiness sector, which is complimented by manufacturing, wholesale and retail sales, and a growing healthcare industry.

Phelps Memorial Health Center is one of the large t employers in the county with a team of more than 200 staff member. Standing as one of the top rural hospitals in the U .S. this critical access health center offers a wide range of services, from 24-7 emergency medicine, surgical and imaging services to a number of medical specialists, both on campus and through two off-site medical buildings. PMHC is currently in the midst of a major expansion and renovation project, which will bring all private patient rooms, new OB suites and operating rooms, enhanced technology and overall improved and enlarged facilities. In addition to PMHC, the county is also home to a community-based outpatient VA clinic, health and specialty clinics, behavioral health resources, dentists, physical therapists, chiropractors, a podiatrist, optometrists, senior care services and several pharmacies.

While Phelps County may be rural in nature, having resources such as quality real estate, education, advanced healthcare and more show its dedication to staying at the forefront of the 2 1st century. It remains a great place for people in all stages of life - young families, entrepreneurs, retirees - and a top destination for businesses and visitors.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PHELPS COUNTY

Recreation

Enjoying the outdoors in Phelps County is easy. Two parks covering 65 acres are available in Holdrege.

Between the two, guests take advantage of a public swimming pool, tennis courts, disc golf, picnic sites, playgrounds, lighted ball diamonds, camping and more. The area also features two golf courses and is an ideal place for hunting, fishing and birdwatching. Top outdoor destinations in and around Phelps County include Lake Seldom, Funk Lagoon Waterfowl Production Area, the Chicken Dance Trail and the nearby

Johnson Lake State Recreation Area (20 miles northwest of Bertrand) and Harlan County Lake (31 miles south of Holdrege).

Excellent recreational programming for all ages is available through the modem YMCA of the Prairie, built in 2006. The 40,000-square-foot facility is well-equipped with a fitness center, basketball and racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor walking track and group fitness space. More than 40 group exercise classes are offered, as are adult and youth sports programs, aquatics classes, personal training, an after-school program, summer camps and more. Additionally, seniors are afforded programs through both the Y and the Phelps County Senior Citizen Center.

Entertainment

There are plenty of ways to stay entertained while in Phelps County. History buffs enjoy perusing the displays and galleries at the Nebraska Prairie Museum, while others enjoy catching the latest flick at the Sun Theatre or taking in a friendly game of bow ling at Hasty Lane.

Enthusiasts of the performing art take a seat at The Tassel, Phelps County Center for the Performing Arts. This state-of- the-art, 22,300 - square-foot facility presents a wide cope of entertainment year-round, including theatrical performance, concerts, lecture and other social occasions.

Phelps County communities also have a number of exciting events throughout the year. From the seasonal Downtown Holdrege Farmers Market and Swedish Days to the highly anticipated Phelps County Fair & Rodeo in Bertrand, the Heartland Show & Shine Car Show and holiday activities, there' always something happening in Phelps County.

Dining

Hungry diners are sure to find a satisfying meal at any time of day while in Phelps County. Sit down to a delicious home-cooked meal at one of the area casual diner or enjoy prime steak and seafood at a local fine dining establishment. Delicious pizzerias and fast-food eateries are great for sit-down or take-out. The area also hosts fantastic ethnic restaurants serving up tasty Mexican and Chinese fare.

Lodging

Visitors will not be disappointed with the friendly Midwestern hospitality afforded to them during their stay in Phelps County. Two motels provide spacious guestrooms complete with modem conveniences, such as wireless Internet access, cable TV, complimentary continental breakfast and more. Quiet, more private quarters are available at one of three bed & breakfast inns located in Phelps County, and rustic outdoor accommodations are available at the City Campground in Holdrege.

For more information on relocation to or visiting Phelps County, Nebraska, visit http://www.visitphelpscounty.com on the web or contact the Phelps County Visitor’s Committee on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhelpsCountyVisitors

Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce Phone: 308- 995-4444

www.HoldregeChamber.com