Nebraska Tourism Commission is taking applications for markers for state attractions

Nebraska Tourism Commission is taking applications for markers for state attractions
An illustration shows the design of the new Nebraska tourism markers that will show travelers what to see and do in the area.

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Tourism Commission is now taking applications from communities and nonprofit organizations for tourism markers to identify museums, lakes, scenic vistas and other attractions.

The signs will help communities across the state highlight or draw attention to attractions in their areas, said John Ricks, executive director of the commission.

“I’m eager to see the markers in place enticing more people to stop and enjoy their time here,” he said recently.

The markers will consist of a 4-foot-square anodized aluminum information panel supported by two posts, similar to the signs put up by the Nebraska State Historical Society. The $2,800 cost of each marker will be borne by the sponsoring organization or community.

Other criteria:

» Only nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to apply for a marker. For-profit businesses are not eligible.

» The marker must be within 5 miles of the museum or attraction.

» The marker must be informational in nature but can include directions to the site.

» The attraction must be available to the public at least five days a week and have a minimum of 2,000 visitors per year.

» Attractions with seasonal availability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Tourism Commission has been working with the Nebraska Department of Transportation to make the project a reality. The Legislature established the program in 2015 to inform travelers about what there is to see and do in the area surrounding the marker.

Applications can be found at under “Promote Your Attraction.” The commission’s marker committee will regularly vote on marker applications.