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Gresham, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/19/2018

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Gresham, Nebraska

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  Gresham is located in York County in southeast Nebraska along Nebraska Highway 69. Gresham is 14 miles north of Interstate 80, 8 miles north U.S, Highway 34, and 10 miles east of U.S. Highway 81, a designated four-lane expressway. Gresham is 18 miles northeast of York, the county seat of York County; 55 miles northwest of Lincoln; and 74 miles northeast of Grand Island.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
York County .......13,66513,7940.9%
Labor Market Population1.......79,70379,7330.0%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 1,832 506 1,472 1,739 624 542 6,715 48.7 %
Female...... 1,762 446 1,580 1,823 690 778 7,079 51.3 %

Total: 3,594 952 3,052 3,562 1,314 1,320

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 41.3 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey

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The number of single family homes on the market for York County as of January 6, 2006 was 52. The average selling prices (new and existing) for a 2,500 square foot, 3 bedrooms: $120,725; for a 1,000 square foot, 3 bedrooms: $66,845. The Gresham Housing Authority maintains a 15-unit, low-cost housing facility.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9137,18141,486    
Total Employment.....980,6687,39742,706    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.9%2.9%    

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 (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$14.40$20.90$40.08
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$15.93$17.76$19.59
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$11.87$16.90$26.51
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.78$15.76$22.70
Civil Engineers$29.81$44.23$51.27
Computer Operators$11.20$17.33$29.00
Computer Programmers$16.29$29.66$48.33
Computer Systems Analysts$23.81$37.91$51.01
Customer Service Representatives$9.37$13.48$20.38
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.14$15.19$19.33
Data Entry Keyers$9.28$9.42$17.03
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.41$9.86$18.35
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$15.87$31.18$46.59
Electrical Engineers$23.52$30.63$69.86
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.07$14.58$16.05
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$12.95$16.55$28.55
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.92$11.64$14.70
Industrial Engineers$31.00$42.63$63.10
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$17.19$25.72$45.09
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$12.93$15.34$19.19
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.26$16.36$22.15
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.57$11.87$19.25
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$16.65$23.60$30.86
Mechanical Engineers$26.76$38.93$57.73
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.30$27.71$36.66
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.26$19.38$24.33
Nursing Assistants$10.32$12.43$15.48
Office Clerks, General$9.39$11.89$18.22
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.45$11.15$15.96
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.64$13.03$16.22
Registered Nurses$20.78$27.47$35.08
Retail Salespersons$9.13$9.65$15.08
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.65$14.26$21.61
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$12.11$16.66$21.10
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.49$12.48$19.49
Tool and Die Makers$15.32$18.03$27.82
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$14.28$18.39$24.33
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$12.85$16.90$21.33

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

Gresham, with a population of more than 270, continues to grow as new and renovated housing numbers are increasing. A readily available workforce can be found in the Gresham area, where good work ethic can be found, as well as an interest in continued improvement to what residents find to be a high quality of life.


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....010
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8014
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 8110

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....107N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....55N/A1 Day
Chicago.....571N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....613N/A2-3 days
Denver.....463N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....246N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1474N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....483N/A1-2 days
New York.....1345N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....497N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

The are more than 8,000 licensed motor freight carriers with global connections in Nebraska. These carriers can service businesses throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Distance to nearest public airport.....22 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,671 feet
Length of longest runway.....5,900 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....50 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 111
Kansas City International 229
Denver International 456

The York Municipal Airport has hangar space available for rent/storage, courtesy car service, maintenance services for aircraft, and flight instruction. Many local companies access the newly-expanded airport, with a number of corporate planes flying in each year. A number of private planes are housed at the airport, and it is used as a fueling station for a number of entities (including the Nebraska State Patrol). Fuel (both 100LL and jet) are available for purchase. Gresham is also approximately 50 miles from two commercial airports - the Lincoln Airport and the Central Nebraska Regional Airport (located in Grand Island). The Lincoln Airport is served by Northwest and United Airlines, as well as Allegiant Air. The Central Nebraska Airport is served by the US Airways.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 11 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....64
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: BNSF Railway Company

The BNSF Railway Company serves Waco, 11 miles southwest, and York, 18 miles southwest of Gresham.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Perennial Public Power District
  phone - (800) 289-0288
  website -
  email -

Wholesale Supplier: Perennial Public Power District
Additional Comments: A 34,500/12,500 volt substation, with a 7,000 kVA capacity, provides service to Gresham. The distribution voltage within Gresham is 12.5/7.2kV wye. All industry-standard secondary voltages can be provided by Perennial Public Power District. The electric system within Gresham was converted from 4,160 volt to 12,500 volt service during 2001. At that time the system was rebuilt and is in very good condition, with ample capacity to provide service to a growing community.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....No

Propane service is available through United Farmers Cooperative and Sapp Brothers in York. Oil service is available through United Farmers Cooperative in York.

Provider.....Village of Gresham
Major Source.....deep well
If Wells, Average Depth.....250 feet
Rated Capacity.....842,000.000 mgd
Average Capacity.....50,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....100,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....50,000 gallons
Temperature Range.....55 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in Gresham has one well with a depth of 250 feet. The system, serving 100 percent of the Gresham's population, has a combined pumping capacity of 550 gallons per minute and an overhead storage capacity of 50,000 gallons. The average daily demand is 50,000 gallons in the winter and 100,000 gallons in the summer, and the historic peak daily demand is 100,000 gallons. The system has a maximum capacity of 842,000 gallons per day. Groundwater is available for industrial uses. The water quality meets all federal and state drinking water quality standards. The water table has not changed significantly in the past five years. The color of the water is clear. The average tap water temperature averages 55 degrees year round.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Gresham
Type of Service.....Total retention lagoon
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

Residential and commercial customers pay $8.95/month.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Windstream

Windstream provides the telecommunications needs in Gresham and the surrounding area with a digital central office in York, served by fiber on a self-healing fiber ring. DMS 100 switching with dual feed from two separate switching offices is available along with ISDN and DSL. Installation and maintenance personnel are located in York, 18 miles from Gresham. Visit or call 402-362-5811 for further information.

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Actual Valuation of City: $4,595,365 (year 2008)
Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2006

All real property is subject to tax at its market value. Agricultural land is valued at 80 percent of its actual value. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its "net book value." All other personal prorperty is exempt from taxation.

Type of Government..... Board of Trustees
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1998 (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... No
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..... 30 %
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 30

The Village of Gresham is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees which meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the village office located at 310 Elm Street. There is a planning commission made up of three members. In the area of law enforcement, the Village of Gresham is served by the York County Sheriff's Department, which has nine sworn officers and 15 support personnel. The sheriff's department is located 18 miles southwest of Gresham in York. The department also houses the York County Jail which has a maximum capacity of 34 inmates. The sheriff's department utilizes eight vehicles, which have indoor and outdoor parking areas at the facility. The vehicles are equipped with recently upgraded onboard cameras and state-of-the-art breathalyzer/testing equipment. All law enforcement personnel are equipped with bullet-proof gear and carry state-of-the-art weaponry. Members of the sheriff's department have been extensively trained in drug awareness and enforcement, handling HAZ MAT scenes, situations and products, interrogation and many other areas. Gresham's fire protection is provided in the community by a 30 member volunteer fire department; 23 members are qualified emergency medical technicians who are defibrillator and airway certified. They are also served through mutual aid from neighboring communities.


The Gresham School District joined the Centennial School District located in Utica in 1986. The district is made up of former districts, including Beaver Crossing, Utica, Waco, Thayer, and Cordova with a combined total of approximately 525 students. The 2006-2007 school operating budget is $6,000,000, with an average cost per pupil of $11,000. Approximately eighty percent of the Centennial School District's high school students take the ACT Test, with an average score of 22.8. It is estimated that 95 percent of the eighth grade students finish high school, 75 percent of the graduating seniors pursue a college degree, and 25 percent of the seniors enter the job market immediately after graduation. Opportunities for higher education and continuing education in the county are available at York College, a 4-year private liberal arts college located in the city of York. Other colleges and universities within a 60-mile radius include: Central Community College, Concordia University, Doane College, Hastings College, Southeast Community College, and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....3
Public Tennis Court(s).....8
Public Swimming Pool(s).....4
Public Park(s).....10
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....18 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

Gresham's park has state-of-the-art playground equipment, tennis court, basketball court and two baseball diamonds. Annual events in the Gresham area include the Easter Egg Hunt and Gresham Firemen's Picnic held in July, which includes a tractor pull, barbecue, parade, street dance and more. The York County Fair is held at the end of July or first of August, which has 4-H activities, Figure 8 races, demo derby, displays, livestock competition, Ag Hall of Fame awards, barbecues, carnival, fun run, petting zoo, food vendors and more. The Aquatic Center opened in York, 18 miles southwest of Gresham, in 2005. Features include large open and enclosed slides, a full-length lap pool, zero-depth entry, fountains, concessions and locker rooms. The outdoor play features are special and unique, offering entertainment for all ages. The Double Nickel Campground in Waco, 16 miles south of Gresham, offers RV hook-ups, a swimming pool and much more. The Sandy Meadows Golf Course, a nine-hole attraction is located next to the campground. The Junction Motor Speedway opened in 2003 in McCool Junction, 30 miles southwest from Gresham. The large oval supports high speeds with long stretches around the track. The track touts food, beverages, racing memorabilia, festive music and seating for thousands of racing fans.

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).....0
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....0
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....0

Gresham is 18 miles away from York. York General Health Care Services provides a continuum of health care services designed to meet the needs of the York area residents. York General Hospital is a 25-bed facility providing surgical services, obstetrics, emergency services, pulmonary services, oncology, cardiac rehab, radiology lab and other diagnostic services, “swing beds,” and rehabilitation services. In addition to the local staff a general surgeon, family practice physicians, physician assistants, and 30 to 40 specialty physicians from the area provide service through the York General Specialty Clinic and York General Hospital. York General Medical Clinic and York General Wellness Center are located adjacent to the hospital. York General West View Medical Building houses York General Dialysis Services, York General Home Health Care, York General Child Care, and serves as the location for the sleep studies performed by the Pulmonary Services Department of York General Hospital. York General Assisted Living and York General Hearthstone provide living options for those in need of assistance or complete care in their living arrangements. For more information visit

Type of Newspaper in City.......daily
Local Radio Station(s).......3

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......5
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......21

Number of Protestant Churches.......2

Number of Banks in City.......1

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

The Gresham Community Club works with the York County Development Coproration and the village for economic development in Gresham. The Gresham area is served by a daily newspaper, the York News-Times (based in York). The village is also served by three local radio stations, which are KAWL and KTMX both out of York and KZEN out of Columbus. Five television stations carry news from this particular area - KOLN/KGIN, KLEN, NETV, KETV and KHAS. Churches in Gresham include Lutheran, Missouri Synod and Presbyterian.


The economy in Gresham is heavily agriculture related, with farming at the heart of the community's businesses, particularly the grain elevator. A branch office of United Farmers Cooperative is located in Gresham and provides jobs and services to the area.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Double Dutch Dairy
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 30   (Male: 29   Female: 1)
#2.Business Name:Stumble Inn
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 4   (Male: 2   Female: 2)
Products/Service:Restaurant, tavern
#3.Business Name:Tonniges Motors
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 3   (Male: 2   Female: 1)
Products/Service:Farm truck sales
#4.Business Name:UFC Country Store
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 12   (Male: 1   Female: 11)
Products/Service:Convenience store
#5.Business Name:United Farmers Cooperative
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 2   (Male: 2   Female: 0)
Products/Service:Ag sales, service, marketing
#6.Business Name:York State Bank
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 3   (Male: 0   Female: 3)

Our Community: The village of Gresham was founded in 1887 by the Pioneer Town Site Company in anticipation of the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad being built through York County. Settlers were mainly of German origin along with a sizable Scandinavian group. From dugouts and sod houses to white frame houses and businesses, a deep feeling of pride grew in the community. The first church was organized in 1871 and two more churches soon followed. Gresham's first school was built in 1888. Gresham merged with the Centennial School District in 1986. Gresham established a Commercial Club, which later changed to the Community Club. The village, active in the Nebraska Community Improvement Program, has received placement awards many times since 1964. Ten community leaders and two groups have been awarded the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award. Improvement projects include renovation of the high school into a community building and the establishment of a new park. Gresham has updated the village ordinances and promoted the foreclosure and sale of delinquent properties. Community appearance projects were completed and the city was recognized by being given the "Lawn Award." The first library was opened in 1900 by the Women's Club. Housed in several locations before 1968, the library moved into a building donated by the Diers family. In 1982 the library moved into the village offices, which were renovated using a $3,500 grant. In 2005 the library was moved into the renovated elementary school, tripling its size.

Suggested Sites:
York County Development Corporation @
York County Vistors Bureau @
Linda Eschenweck
Village of Gresham
310 Elm St.
PO Box 164
Gresham, NE 68367
Phone:(402) 735-7385
Fax:(402) 735-7385
 Lisa R. Hurley
York County Development Corporation
601 N Lincoln Avenue
York, NE 68467
State Contacts:Dave Rippe
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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