Cairo is in the development of several projects. You can make a difference in your community by participating on these committees or just providing your suggestions to a committee member.

1+ Acre Commerical Lots For Sale

Cairo Business Park Development located in the South West corner of Kansas and 130th Rd. offers 18 lots, ranging in sizes of 1.5 to nearly 3 acres, strategically located in the center of the United States.  This site is serviced by US Highways 2 and 11.  It has close proximity to US Highways 281, 30 and Interstate 80.  The Village of Cairo is the sole owner and intends to develop and market the land for business development purposes at its highest and best use.

The business park is within 15 minutes of Grand Island, Nebraska.  Industries including Nova Tech, Chief, Hornady Manufacturing, Case New Holland, McCain Foods are located in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The business park is within 20 minutes of the Grand Island Regional Airport.

The Cairo Business Park lots are a minimum of 1 acre.  Businesses may purchase multiple lots using incentive packages.

Economic Development grants and building programs availalbe to qualified buyers.

All lots include access to Village of Cairo water and sewer.  Lots are shovel ready.

Interest in developing your business in the Cairo Business Park can be directed to Cairo Community Development office at 308-379-9119 or

All lots are owned and sold by the Village of Cairo.

Steering Meeting Recap

Our purpose is to create a strategic plan for future development, make beatifications and improvements, promote a sense of community and belonging, and foster unified and transparent communication. 

In keeping with our goal to foster unified and transparent communication, I would like to share what we discussed at the latest Steering Meeting.

The Point of Entry Committee (formed out of Steering) hopes to finish the Welcome sign at our East entrance this spring. We are holding a Bags, Brats and Beers Fundraiser at the Community Center on April 4th to finish funding for this project and help fund POE signs for our remaining entrances (South and West). More information on the Fundraiser will be shared separately on this page.

Other projects we discussed and that we will be moving forward with are a pickleball court and a sand volleyball court. We considered the tennis court as a possible location for pickle ball and north of the park on the golf course for sand volleyball. If anyone would be interested in helping with these projects and joining the SVP Committee, please let me know. We hope to get these knocked out quickly.

Mike Stutzman would like us to take full advantage of the Junk Jaunt and proposed an “event within the event” to promote Cairo and our businesses. There is a meeting on February 19th to discuss this further, along with the Junk Jaunt in general. This is an exciting opportunity to take full advantage of the droves of people that come to our town for the Junk Jaunt. 

If you have any questions, or would like to be involved with any of the above, feel free to call or email me (308) 390-4231 or

-Anna Rathke

Lots for Sale in Cairo Business Park

The Village of Cairo has 16 lots for sale in the Cairo Business Park.  The business park is located at 130th Rd and Kansas St.  The park is approximately 35 acres.  Lots are a minimum of 1 acre.

New or expanding businesses may qualify for the Village of Cairo business development incentive program.  This program offers qualifying businesses lots for $1.  Please contact Charity Adams at 308-379-9119 for more information about the Cairo Business Park.

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Thank you Cairo Nebraska Easter Egg Hunt Sponsors

Back Pack Program Receives Generous Donations

Bill and Marcia McDonald have taken on a much-needed labor of love.  Bill and Marcia volunteer and coordinate the Backpack Program at Centura Public Schools.  The program provides much needed kid friendly food to elementary age students.  Each week Bill and Marcia purchase nutritious, kid friendly food, pack it in plastic bags and send the food packs to Centura.  School volunteers place these food packs into backpacks, anonymously, so children who are food insecure will have food over the weekend.  Food packs are provided during the traditional school year and summer school.

Food insecurity affects more than the stomach.  Children who are hungry or worrying about food are less focused on learning.  The simple act of providing food is monumental to a child’s success.

The backpack program started providing food five years ago.  A little over thirty food packs are sent to the school weekly.  Marcia stated that most people are shocked to discover such a need in our community.   Marcia has learned that it isn’t necessarily a lack of funds that leaves a child food insecure, sometimes it just that the child needs food that they can prepare themselves.  The packs contain easily prepared food that doesn’t require much cooking.

The program costs approximately $6,000 per year. The program is funded by private donations.  The Centura Education Foundation has provided grant funds for this program throughout the years.

Upon learning of the Backpack Program at Centura, Tara Janda, Farm Credit Services of America of employee encouraged Bill and Marcia to apply for the Farm Credit Services of America Working Here Grant.  The grant was approved and the backpack program received $1,000 towards the continuation to this very important program. The United Way also provided $1000 in funding for this program. The volunteers of the Backpack Program are grateful for these generous donations.  If a group or individuals are interested in donating, please contact Bill or Marcia, as there is always a need.

Please Complete Cairo Housing Survey


The Village of Cairo is conducting a study to determine the housing needs of its members.  While the survey question focus on the needs of its 55 plus population it is important that all community members complete this study to shape our current and future housing needs.  You may download a copy of the survey below or surveys are available at the Village of Cairo office.  Please complete and return your survey to the Village of Cairo Office.  The Housing Committee will meet October 27, at 2:00 pm at Pathway Bank to review information compiled from completed surveys.

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Centura Student Volunteers Needed

volunteer The Village of Cairo is seeking students involved in athletics or activities at Centura to participate in a Village of Cairo Volunteer Day.

The Village received a grant to add new rubber ground cover for the playgrounds at the pool park, the park by the fire hall and the new Centura Hills playground.

We are asking for volunteers to assist with spreading the ground cover at these locations.

Date June 30th, we will start early. The Village will provide lunch to volunteers as well as community service hours.

Volunteers can sign up at this link.…

Signing up provides the village a head count for lunch.

Grocery Store Committee Update #caironebraska #ruralgrocerystore

grocery store sterring commitee

The Village of Cairo was contacted by representatives of Bosselman Pump & Pantry as a result of articles published detailing Cairo’s drive to develop grocery options in the community.  The committee recently met with Bosselman representatives and discussed the results of the survey.

Pump & Pantry has envisioned future stores termed “Generation 3” stores, that might provide fresh produce, canned items, a full kitchen for quick, easy meals, and grocery items.  Bosselman informed the grocery store committee of their plans to remodel the Pump & Pantry’s existing location in Cairo to create the Generation 3 concept.  Concepts include made to order pizza, rotisserie chicken meals, specialty sandwiches, hamburgers, take-home meal platters, a limited selection of fresh produce, meats, grocery staples, and more.  A secondary entrance in the rear of the building is planned, as well as changing the hours of the store to 24 hours. Discussions are also in the works for the adding of a national quick serve concept at the location.

The committee conveyed the needs of the community by providing input detailed in the comments section of the survey.  The committee also shared concerns the community had related to parking and easier access to the entrance for our senior citizens.

The committee will continue to maintain an open line of communication with Bosselman Pump & Pantry regarding services that fit the needs of the community determined by the survey, and Pump & Pantry will continue to keep the committee informed of their plans.

Grocery Store Survey Results

Cairo Community grocery storeThe Grocery store committee has tabulated the results of the recent survey requesting information on the grocery needs of the community.  197 surveys were completed.

Cairo survey results indicate that an average household who completed this survey has 2.25 members and spends an average of $100 per week on groceries.

The information on the survey indicates survey participants would spend a total $20,150 per week on groceries.  Survey participants indicated they would spend an average of $86 per week, totaling $10,866 per week in a Cairo store.

Survey Participants responded to the need to have a store in Cairo in this manner.

Very Important
Somewhat Important
No Opinion
Somewhat unimportant
Attributes selected by survey participants.

Fresh Made Pizza
Sitting Area
Made to Order Sub Sandwiches
Home Grocery Delivery
Tobacco Sales
Carry Out Beer/Liquor
Fresh Meat Counter
The Grocery store committee is currently reviewing options that would meet the Cairo resident’s needs as indicated by this survey.  The committee would like to thank everyone who participated in this survey.

Mayor’s Steering Committee Meeting

mayors steering committee meeting april 24thA Mayor’s Steering Committee meeting is planned for April 24th, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Centura Hills Golf Course.  Hamburgers and sidedishes will be provided with tea or water.  We will be discussing updates on current activities, set a direction for future projects. Steering committee members please RSVP to Bill Heger as soon as possible.  If you are interested in shaping the future of Cairo and would like to join this committee please contact Bill Heger at bheger (@)