Enterprise Zones Maps for Applicants
Economic Distress is defined as areas that meet, or are in reasonable proximity to areas that meet, two of the three following criteria:
- Exceeds 200% of the state average unemployment. In 2015 the state average unemployment rate was 3%. Therefore proposed zones meeting this criterion must have an average of 6% or greater unemployment. This is the most significant condition in defining economic distress.
- An average poverty rate of 20% or greater. This is the second most significant condition in defining economic distress.
- An average loss of population of 10% or greater between the 2000 and 2010 US Census.
Additionally Enterprise Zones must be:
- An area located within the political subdivision of the applicant.
- One or more discrete areas not less than five miles apart and no greater than 16 square miles in total area.
- A total area with a population of 250 or more.
- An area outside of a Central Business District if located in a city with a population 100,000 or more.
An interactive map is available to assist applicants in determining which areas in their community would best qualify as an Enterprise Zone: Click here to view the map.
Data Sources for Maps and Distress Criteria:
U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Tables: B17021, B23025, B01003, authors calculations; generated using American FactFinder; http://factfinder2.census.gov; (Retrieved: February, 2017).
Longitudinal Tract Data Base; 2000-2010;
http://www.s4.brown.edu/us2010/Researcher/Bridging.htm; (Retrieved: February, 2017)
US Census tracts and Block group’s boundaries (TIGER) current as of January 1, 2016;
(Retrieved: February, 2017).
Designated Enterprise Zones:
To see a depiction of the Nebraska Enterprise Zones designated toOtoe County, South Sioux City, and the City of Omaha, please visit the following interactive map at: http://opportunity.nebraska.gov/ezones