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Why Nebraska

Nebraska is truly right-in-the-middle-of-it-all offering an endless array of advantages that make living, working, and doing business here a wonderful and rewarding experience. Nebraska is a state that balances and blends economic opportunity with lifestyle; offers a wide variety of employment opportunities; has minimal commute times, safe communities and life-long learning prospects; provides variety and accessibility to natural, recreational and lifestyle amenities; has a great sense of place offering authenticity and realness featuring interesting older structures with new; blends a range of public space with commercial and personal spaces; has a bustle and buzz of varied activities; boasts exceptional environmental air and water quality, diverse populations, progressive thinking, and innovative and inclusive attitudes. It is this high quality of life that has created an environment where the possibilities for prosperity and happiness are endless.

A few more of the endless possibilities Nebraska also has to offer:

  • Employees with an unmatched work ethic
  • Central location offering an integrated system of interstates, mainline railroads, and airports
  • Industrial sites and buildings ready for immediate occupancy
  • A 100% public power system – the only state that offers it – providing customers with electrical power at some of the lowest rates in the nation
  • Nebraska Quality of Life Brochure

Many companies in the U.S. and around the world have discovered that Nebraska offers the ideal location, quality workforce, and positive economic environment for a wide variety of industries and business endeavors. Over 55 million people are located within a 500-mile radius of Nebraska. Our balanced economic base and vast market potential have provided a profitable home for five Fortune 500 Companies including Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra Foods, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit Sons, and Union Pacific Railroad.



  • 1st Lowest Combined Debt and Pension Liabilities,
    Financial Times FT.com, 2011
  • 3rd Nation’s Least Economic Stressed State,
    AP Analysis, 2011
  • 3rd Least Financially Distressed State,
    bizjournals.com, 2011
  • 4th Credit Quality,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 8th States with the Healthiest Housing Markets,
    CNBC, 2011
  • 10th Least Indebted States,
    MoneyWatch, 2011


  • 4th Top Economic Development Organization in U.S.
    Pollina, 2014
  • 4th Best State for Doing Business
    CNBC, 2014
  • 3rd Top 10 Pro Business State
    Pollina, 2014
  • 2nd Employment Leaders, 
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 3rd Best State for Job Seekers,
    MSN Careers, 2011
  • 3rd Best Pro-Business Legal Climate,
    U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform, 2010
  • 5th Pollina’s Top Pro-Business States,
    2011 Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc.
  • 6th  Workforce Training Leaders,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 8th Best States for Business & Careers,
    Forbes.com, 2011
  • 10th America’s Top States for Business,
    CNBC, 2011
  • 10th Best Business Climate, 
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report

Quality of Life

  • 2nd Happiest States in America,
    MainStreet.com, 2011
  • 2nd Best Run States in America,24/7 Wall St., 2011
  • 3rd Best Quality of Life,
    Business Facilities 2011 Rankings Report
  • 4th in Nation for Volunteer Rate, 
    2011 Volunteering in America report by Corp. for National and Community Service
  • 4th Top 10 States for Wellbeing,
    Gallup, 2011
  • 5th Top 10 States for Young People
     MoneyRates.com, 2012
  • 5th Best Education Climate,
    Business Facilities Magazine Rankings Report, 2010
  • 11th of the 20 Happiest, Healthiest States in America,
    Gallup, 2011

Growth & Innovation

  • 2nd Biofuels Leaders- Ethanol,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 3rd (tied) Biotechnology Strength Specialization Leaders,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 8th Biotechnology Strength Emerging Biotech Hubs,
    Business Facilities 2012 Rankings Report
  • 9th Top 10 States for Growth & Innovation,
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report, 2011
  • 10th Best Economic Growth Potential,
    Business Facilities 2011 Rankings Report

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