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Business Retention & Expansion Program

The Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program creates discussion with existing businesses in Nebraska through personal interviews. These interviews provide important information on the local and state business climate that help shape the state economic development policies and programs.

The Department of Economic Development’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program allows discussion with existing businesses in Nebraska through personal interviews that provide important information on the local and state business climate. At the State level, data on investments, technology, jobs, markets, and workforce is used to shape economic development policy and program alignment.

The Program’s Three-fold Purpose:

  • Identify key advantages and challenges to growth for existing businesses.
  • Recommends improvement strategies for businesses, educators, and economic development professionals.
  • Promote a platform for economic development professionals to record perceptions of business executives about the business climate.

Overall, the program assists with long-term planning, including identifying common issues and trends, strategic planning, and policy articulation. Economic developers use the data to enhance supply chains, evaluate current legislation, and actively gauge communities’ current status and levels of competitiveness.

For more information on BRE:

Sheryl Hiatt

Business Development Field Service Director