Governor Pete Ricketts launched his Governor’s Cup thank you tour with a visit to Legacy Post and Beam in Fremont.  Nebraska won the 2017 Governor’s Cup from Site Selection magazine for having the most economic development projects per capita in the nation.  This marked the second consecutive year Nebraska has received the award.  This week, Governor Ricketts is thanking and touring businesses across the state that contributed to the back-to-back victories.

“For two years in a row, Nebraska has been number one in the nation for new business investment,” said Governor Ricketts.  “A few months ago, Site Selection magazine recognized our achievement by awarding Nebraska our second consecutive Governor’s Cup, an award they give to the state who has the most economic development projects per capita.  This week, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and I are traveling to Fremont, Blair, South Sioux City, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Holdrege to say ‘thank you’ to the businesses in Nebraska who helped earn this honor.”

Many factors and numerous people played a role in Nebraska’s 2017 Governor’s Cup win.  Nebraska’s business-friendly regulatory environment, high labor force participation rate, quality workforce, competitive power rates, and highly-rated infrastructure combine to create an attractive environment for job creators and entrepreneurs.  Overall, 110 projects helped Nebraska clinch this prestigious award.

The Governor will be visiting some of those businesses throughout the week.  After his visit to Fremont this morning, the Governor visited Evonik in Blair and McArthur Sheet Metal Works in South Sioux City.  On Tuesday, he will visit Monolith Materials in Lincoln, GIX Logistics in Grand Island, and Allmand, Inc. in Holdrege.

In addition to the statewide award, Site Selection also named the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area number one in its population group for Corporate Project Attractions and Expansions—a repeat victory.  Lincoln also climbed to fifth-place in the national rankings.  Furthermore, the Sioux City MSA, which includes South Sioux City and the counties of Dixon and Dakota, celebrated a consecutive first place win in its population category.

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