Nebraska City, Neb. is recertified through 2020

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Nebraska City, Neb. is recertified through 2020

Nebraska City, Neb. (pop. 7,255), has earned its recertification in the Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community Program. The city was originally certified in February 2007 and recertified in May 2010.

The program is sponsored by the Nebraska Diplomats and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). Designation as a Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community indicates that Nebraska City is prepared for business growth and ready to meet the needs of companies seeking new business and industrial locations.

“Nebraska City does a stellar job of working in collaboration with many partners to effect long-term, sustainable growth and development,” said Diplomats President Annette Wiles. “We proudly support the City’s second recertification and look forward to witnessing many more years of economic success from our state’s oldest incorporated city.”

“As the recently-appointed mayor of Nebraska City, I look forward to working closely with the Nebraska Diplomats and DED. Not only is Nebraska City a welcoming and energetic community, but a historic city that appropriately maintains its past,” said Mayor Bryan Bequette. “As a Nebraska Economic Development Certified Community, we will continue to do everything in our power to help existing and future businesses thrive. We have many positive things underway in Nebraska City, thanks in large part to the positive-minded leaders and organizations that call our beautiful river city home.”

During the last five years the city has supported community growth by: locating a new warehouse and distribution company that created two new positions; welcoming 33 new service and retail-based businesses; and assisting 11 business expansions resulting in new capital investment and the creation of 19 new jobs.

Earlier this month, Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center and American National Bank, unveiled The Treehouse Business Incubator space. The Treehouse Business Incubator offers business coaching, networking coffees, office space, and conference room availability at lower-than-market rates.

Other accomplishments during the past five years include:

  • The development of Red Fox Run Industrial Site. In 2011, a large parcel of the land was sold to an existing Nebraska City company so it could consolidate operations. In 2014, an additional 8 acres was purchased by the company to expand its operations.
  • In February 2014 Otoe County was designated the 24th “Livestock Friendly” county in Nebraska through the Department of Agriculture’s certification program.
  • Through a partnership with the Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation, the public and private school systems, the medical community, law enforcement, and the business community, two Community Career Tours were marketed to junior and senior high school students. The current Community Career Tours focus on Nebraska City’s medical-related professions and law enforcement career opportunities.
  • The Southeast Nebraska Partners for Progress (a five-county regional economic development organization) and Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation have collaborated to provide training for employees of local industries to improve skills associated with current positions, or to move into supervisory positions. Examples of the training opportunities offered include Leadership Boot Camp and Supervisor Boot Camp Certification programs. In addition, Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation received funding through the Nebraska Department of Labor’s Worker Training Board to offer a Coaching and Conflict Management program for area businesses.
  • Since 2007, Nebraska City has actively used LB840 funds for economic and industrial development projects. To date, more than $600,000 has been invested in specific industrial development activities, including the purchase of a new North Industrial Site, infrastructure improvements, and the commission of site studies. Additionally, more than $550,000 has been invested in business development projects.

DED Director Brenda Hicks-Sorensen, CEcD, recognized Nebraska City on their recertification during a special presentation Monday afternoon at the Lied Lodge & Conference Center. Joining her for the presentation were the Mayor, City Commissioners, Executive Board members of the Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation, local Nebraska Diplomats, and other members of the community.

Contact Lynn Kohout at 402-440-2559, or , or visit for additional information on the Economic Development Certified Community Program.

CONTACT Kate Ellingson at 800-426-6505, 402-471-3749 or