City of Scottsbluff Adds Film Production to the List of Eligible Economic Development Activities


When Jody Lamp and Melody Dobson applied for funding from the City of Scottsbluff’s economic development funds for their documentary film, the LB840 Application Review Committee was unable to act on the request because “film production” was not on the list of “eligible activities” in the city’s LB840 Plan.

With a working title of “Legacy Project 2019,” the film is an observation of the 100-Year Anniversary of America’s First Triple Crown Winner and A Tribute to Nebraska’s Legendary National thoroughbred Horse Racing Hall of Fame Trainers featuring – John A. Nerud of Minatare, Nebraska.

Many months and hours of research, preparation and interviews have already gone into the project and both Lamp and Dobson look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor pay off as they honor Nerud and other thoroughbred horse icons from Nebraska who made a national impact on the industry.

Plans are being made to have a Press Conference on Thurs., March 15 at 10 a.m., at the Historic Midwest Theater to unveil the film’s official title and trailer and will premiere there later in 2019. In addition, a traveling display depicting thoroughbred racing and other famous National Hall of Fame Nebraskans, like Marion and Jack Van Berg of Columbus who influenced the sport, will be showcased at the Legacy of the Plains Museum.

“While John Nerud became one of America’s most accomplished and revered thoroughbred horse trainers and breeders the industry has ever known, his story has gone untold and virtually unknown in the area and state where he was born and raised – until now,” Lamp says. “Along with the film, an educational, statewide “circle tour” souvenir booklet will promote local history and include images of never-before-seen antiquities and memorabilia.”


Lamp and Dobson says the documentary film’s national appeal also will help create coinciding Community Events in 2019 to attract and invite notable speakers to Scottsbluff and Gering.


After the ordinance is passed by the Scottsbluff City Council, Lamp and Dobson will be able to resubmit the application for funding of their project and the LB840 Application Review Committee will have the ability to take action.


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