About Scottsbluff

Welcome to the City of Scottsbluff.  Located in the Nebraska panhandle, we are centrally located within Scotts Bluff County.  Scottsbluff is accessible to traffic from Interstate 80 (40 miles south), U.S. Highways 26 and 71, as well as the Western Nebraska Regional Airport.  Scottsbluff population based on the 2010 census is 15,039.  The City shares its borders with the City of Gering and the City of Terrytown for a total population base of just under 24,000 residents.  It is the retail hub of the Nebraska panhandle offering lodging, dining, and shopping.

Scottsbluff operates under the council-manager form of government and employs approximately 140 full-time employees.  The City is served by five council members elected at-large to four-year terms.  The Mayor is selected by his/her colleagues.

City Mission Statement:

“To promote a safe, healthy environment for its citizens, visitors, and business community; by providing essential services and infrastructure as well as opportunities for growth in a fair, fiscally responsible manner”

 Council 2017

City Council Goals

Fiscal Health & Responsibility

• Maintain sound financial policies
• Ensure reasonable City rates and fees
• Maintain a fiscal model balancing short-term and long-term needs
• Apply strategies to promote sustainability of City services
• Carefully balanced land planning reflecting sound land use principles

Public Infrastructure & Services

• Proactively maintain infrastructure for current and future needs
• Provide sound utility systems
  •  Provide safe and reliable water
  • Provide sound wastewater facilities
• Maintain Public Safety responsiveness
• Promote Public Safety initiatives and awareness
  •  Fire Prevention education
  •  Police Department activities
• Encourage livability through healthy lifestyles and quality of life
  • Parks & Recreation amenities
  • Library educational opportunities
  • Strengthen community service partnerships and regional collaboration
• Promote customer service


Economic Development

• Revitalization of Business and Residential Districts
• Implement Regional Economic Development Plan
• Market the City