January 27, 2012

Governor’s Weekly Column – Growing Nebraska’s Economy

Growing Nebraska's Economy By Governor Dave Heineman January 27, 2011 Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We are fortunate in Nebraska to have one of the strongest economies in the country. Our unemployment rate is 4.1% while the national average is more than double at 8.5%. Nebraska is recognized nationally as a top state in which to do business and we continue to grow and create jobs in our state.
January 24, 2012

$800,000 NAHTF awarded to Omaha housing projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has awarded $800,000 in Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Funds (NAHTF) for two housing projects in Omaha.
January 20, 2012

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman & Union Pacific CEO Jim Young Announce UP’s $1 Billion Investment in Nebraska

Company Celebrates 150 Years of Doing Business in Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman today joined Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Jim Young in announcing the company's planned $1 billion investment in Nebraska over the next several years as part of its capital investment programs. The $1 billion will be spent on projects across the state, including the following:
  • Union Pacific is expanding capacity at its North Platte rail yard, the largest railroad classification yard in the world, with a $70 million investment for better throughput by adding track and technology upgrades.
  • About 125 trains a day transport goods through Nebraska on Union Pacific's main line – making it the busiest freight rail transportation corridor in the United States. An investment of approximately $220 million in new rail, ties and other work will increase capacity and fluidity on this busy corridor.
  • Between Fremont and Missouri Valley, Union Pacific plans to spend $206 million on new crew change buildings, a bridge over the Elkhorn River, new technology and track. This is a multiple-year project to move trains more efficiently and improve service.
January 6, 2012

Governor’s Weekly Column – Education Results

Education Results By Governor Dave Heineman January 6, 2012

Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Education is a key priority in our state and educating our sons and daughters is an investment that will pay dividends for individuals, families and communities throughout our state. Education success and economic success are directly linked. In Nebraska, we are committed to creating higher paying jobs and developing a highly educated workforce so that our graduates and young professionals are prepared for high-quality, high-skill jobs with Nebraska companies. Fulfilling this vision requires a focused effort on student and school achievement.