Fremont, Neb., has earned recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program for another five years. Established in 2005 and yearly sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats, it is administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED).
Fremont (pop. 26,167), long, a vibrant city composed of “explorers, discoverers, leaders, innovators, creators and risk takers,” earned its first certification designation and recertification in May 2006 and August 2009, respectively.
“Fremont has always exuded a take-charge, progressive approach to its growth and development, said Nebraska Diplomats President Dan Shundoff. “From its beautiful and clean appearance down to its carefully planned and executed approach to economic and community development policies that meet the needs of its citizenry.”
The city’s 2011 branding efforts resulted in a new logo and campaign that encapsulated its history and current vibrant scene made up of “pathfinders,” including explorers, discoverers, leaders, innovators, creators and risk takers.
Other notable accomplishments include:
- Creation of the 80-acre Fremont Technology Park – a shovel-ready site with infrastructure in place to support a data center or back office operation.
- An extensive fiber build-out in 2012-13 (thanks to the Fremont Technology Park) leading to increased speed and capacity to many local companies, city offices, and public schools.
- Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC) and Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership came together in May 2012 to leverage resources and provide the city with more exposure to prospective companies.
- The GFDC also completed a planning process in 2012. The process laid the foundation for the beginning of a five-year economic development strategy for Greater Fremont known as The Four Pillars. These four program areas of Business Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Development and Preparedness, and Quality of Life Enhancement are serving as the community’s blueprint for approaching and achieving economic growth.
- Fremont Beef Company announced recent expansion plans to invest $10.6 million in capital and create 25 new jobs at its Fremont location.
- Natura Pet Food completed a $10 Million (40,000-sq.ft.) expansion in 2012. http://fremonttribune.com/special-section/progress-2012/business/natura-sets-sights-on-its-next-building-project/article_d56246c2-477b-11e1-814e-0019bb2963f4.html
- Hormel added 20,000-sq.ft. to its Fremont plant in 2012 to accommodate new equipment that increased production capacity for the SPAM family of products.
- On July 10, 2011, volunteers constructed a 1,652 pound SPAM sandwich to become the Guinness World Record holder for building the largest open-faced sandwich.
- Many new businesses found the path to Fremont including, Brother’s Feed Service, Irrigation Components, Butler Ag Equipment (built a 27,000-sq.ft. facility northwest of Fremont and hired 20 employees), SystemTek Electronics, and Seitec Genetics.
- 40+ retail and service sector businesses started up during the past three years, including La Hacienda, and Amour Nails at Deer Pointe Retail Development, and Cato, Rue 21, Hibbett Sports and Game Stop at “Shoppes in Fremont,” a new development on the northeast side.
- Metropolitan Community College and Fremont Public Schools joined forces to identify and prepare high school students for careers in welding at local companies, such as Valmont.
- A collaboration of manufacturers, educators, and non-profits began the Fremont Dream It! Do It! program in 2012 to help students interested in the trades to attend Metro during first semester and participate in paid internships with local companies. The program begins its third year this fall with 14 students currently signed up to participate.
- In 2011 Fremont Opera House completed a $1.2 million restoration and renovation project.
- The Department of Health & Human Services opened a call center with 150 employees in 2011.
- Downtown Revitalization Phase I in 2011; Phase II 2012
- City completed a Comprehensive Plan in 2012
Fremont is one of 36 communities certified in the state.
“Designation as a Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community clearly indicates that Fremont is prepared for business growth and ready, today, to meet the needs of companies seeking new business and industrial locations,” said DED Director Dacia Kruse. “This designation sets Fremont apart as a community that has the leadership and commitment necessary to successfully compete for new jobs and new investment.”
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