Doing business in Nebraska makes sense. You are invited to learn more
about how Nebraska can be the right place of business for you.
For further information about the many advantages of doing business in Nebraska, please contact us by calling (800) 282-6773, ext. 5534 or emailing email@example.com.
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Proven Success - Profitable Locations
Nebraska locations have proven profitable for manufacturing firms - so profitable that companies have
more than 2,000 manufacturing facilities in the state. Food processing is the leading type of
manufacturing, followed by industrial machinery and fabricated metal products.
Many firms, including such nationally known companies as
Abengoa, ADM, BD, Monsanto, Tyson Foods, and Valmont Industries
have more than one plant
in Nebraska - a strong testimony to the state's profitable business climate. Non-manufacturing
companies such as The Buckle and Cash-Wa Distributing also find Nebraska's environment
conducive to growth. Each with recent expansions.
The renewable energy industry in the United States is growing at a rapid pace and Nebraska
is centrally located in the nation's most rapidly emerging wind industry region. Nebraska is now ranked
third nationally for wind generation potential and fourth nationally for potential
installed wind power capacity! Learn more about Nebraska's Wind Industry Opportunities @
Nebraska ranks second nationally in ethanol production. The state has 23 operating plants producing more than
two billion gallons of ethanol per year. These plants offer a tremendous opportunity
for ethanol-related businesses to serve this market.
Nebraska's reliable, low-cost electricity and telecommunications infrastructure make the state an
attractive location for data centers and other technology-based businesses. Several communities
have or are developing sites to accommodate technology-based industries.
Manufacturing productivity has grown faster in Nebraska than in the U.S. as a whole, reflecting
the state's favorable business climate for manufacturing. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that
Nebraska value added per dollar of production workers' wages in 2008 was 21.9 percent greater than its 2002
level. Manufacturing value added per dollar of production worker's wages in the U.S. grew by 18.2 percent
during the 2002-2008 period and, for states surrounding Nebraska as a group, the increase was 17.8 percent.
In addition to a favorable business environment, Nebraska's record of business success can also be traced to
strong support of economic development partners throughout the state.
When evaluating a location for your company, it's important to consider a state's record of
business success. We can tell you Nebraska is a profitable business location, and we can prove it
(see Targeting & Opportunity Studies in this website).
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Low Cost of Doing Business
As you know, there are two ways to increase the profitability of a company. The first is to increase revenue... the second is to reduce cost. Nebraska is just the location
to help you do that.
The low cost of doing business in Nebraska is one of the reasons Nebraska consistently ranks among
the best business climates in the nation year after year. It's also one of the key reasons Nebraska
businesses outperform across the U.S., and why many Fortune 500 companies operate multiple plants in Nebraska.
Quite simply, things are affordable in Nebraska. Labor, real estate, and utility rates, for example,
are less than in most other parts of the country.
Serving 91 of 93 counties in Nebraska means we have contacts. Our team of professionals can help you
find a location - even if its not currently in our searchable database.
Labor Costs Nebraska features lower-than-average rates for unemployment and workers'
compensation insurance, as well as a right-to-work provision in the state constitution. Nebraska's
performance-based tax incentives further add to the state's low cost of doing business.
Learn more about Nebraska's quality labor force and business incentives on this page.
Water Costs: Clean water is also abundantly available and affordable in Nebraska, thanks to a huge underground aquifer.
The Ogallala Aquifer stretches beneath most of Nebraska and contains an estimated 2.4 billion acre-feet of water.
Energy Costs: Electric rates are among the nation's lowest. Nebraska offers high-quality reliable
electric power and abundant supplies of natural gas and fresh water at costs below the national average. Industrial electrical rates, for example, are approximately 33 percent lower than the national average.
Nebraska is the only state in the nation served with electricity totally from public power. Nebraska's
public utilities have ample electric generating capacity to meet present and future needs. Nebraska
has an efficient mix of power produced with water (hydro), low-cost fuels and wind turbines. Learn more about
the benefits of public power on this page.
Want to see just how much your business can save in Nebraska? Read one of our opportunity studies specific
to your industry (found under Targeting & Opportunity Studies) or submit a copy of a current electric bill to NPPD's Economic Development Department and
rate specialists will compute your electric costs in Nebraska. NPPD also has staff available to assist in a
variety of energy related and technical areas specific to your industry.
Nebraska Public Power District
Economic Development Department
PO Box 499
Columbus, NE 68602-0499
(800) 282-6773, ext. 5534
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Look at a map of the
United States and you'll immediately notice one of Nebraska's biggest
advantages -- location!
Nebraska's central location along key transportation routes provides
unmatched speed to all major markets regardless of direction. Within one day,
goods shipped by truck reach 26 percent of the U.S. population; add a second day and the
percentage skyrockets to 91 percent. The state's central location within the Mid-Continent
NAFTA Trade Corridor makes it an ideal location for companies that rely on trade with Canada and Mexico.
Nebraska's transportation routes are congestion-free, allowing for more efficient and timely delivery,
unloading and loading of freight, no matter what the mode transportation - highway, rail, air, or
barge. Significant cost advantages can be realized with a Nebraska distribution point.
Highways: Nebraska is a natural hub for freight shipping. Interstate 80 traverses the state, linking
to both the East and West Coasts. North-south Interstate 29 passes along Nebraska's eastern border and
Interstate 25 is in close proximity to the state's western border. Seven national highways run
north-south across the state. There are 23,652 total miles of hard-surfaced roads within the state's borders.
Rail: The nation's two largest rail companies --
BNSF Railway Company and
Union Pacific -- provide rail service to many
Nebraska communities. Ten freight railroads operate more than 3,200 miles of track throughout the state.
No major city in the United States is more than 5 days by rail from Nebraska. Amtrak provides passenger
service in Nebraska with stops in five communities.
Air: Commercial airline service is available in nine Nebraska cities, providing direct
service to major hubs. Scheduled airfreight service is provided to five additional communities
with on-demand service available.
A total of 81 public-use airports are located throughout the state.
Water: The Missouri River, on Nebraska's eastern border, provides a water link to the
Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean via the Mississippi River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the
Missouri River near St. Louis. The free-flowing river with no locks or dams is
navigable approximately eight months of the year.
Time Zone: Nebraska's location also provides a time zone advantage to companies with
national customer service requirements. Approximately two-thirds of the state rests in the Central
time zone (the other third is in the Mountain time zone).
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Labor in Nebraska is productive, dependable, and available. Greater labor stability, reduced
turnover, lower absenteeism, fewer work stoppages, happier employees, and higher individual productivity
are characteristics of the excellent labor force in Nebraska.
Productivity: Contributing to the high labor productivity in Nebraska are very low
absenteeism and labor turnover rates. These traits, combined with mechanically adept and readily
trainable workers, directly translate into industry profitability.
Education: Nebraska's well-educated work force is the state's most attractive resource.
Nebraska high school students consistently achieve among the best average scores in the nation for
the ACT (American College Testing) exam. However, high school is just the beginning of the education
and technical training of Nebraska workers. Significant opportunities for continuing education exist
within the state's system of public and private community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.
Department of Labor, Nebraska Department of Economic
Development, and Department of Education
work together to provide recruitment and training resources. Read more about
education in Nebraska on this page.
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Positive Labor Climate: Nebraska's positive labor climate is supported by competitive wage
rates and unemployment and workers' compensation rates as well as high value per dollar of production
payroll. Further enhancement of the labor climate is derived from a long-established climate of favorable
management/labor relations and a right-to-work provision in the Nebraska Constitution.
Labor Costs: Nebraska has lower than average unemployment, workers' compensation insurance, and
wage rates. Nebraska's positive labor climate and low turnover rates contribute to unemployment insurance
costs which are among the nation's lowest. Unemployment insurance costs in Nebraska are significantly lower
than the national average!
For further information specific to labor and energy costs per production worker in a variety of
industries, read one of our Opportunity Studies under
Targeting & Opportunity Studies in this website.
The quality of education in the "Heartland of America" is an important factor
contributing to the well educated work force in Nebraska.
Nebraska has one of the lowest pupil-to-teacher ratios (13.3) and one of the
highest graduation rates in the
nation (89.9%). In 2008-2009, 72 percent of Nebraska's high school seniors took the ACT exam.
Nebraska's average score of 22.1 continues to rank first among those states with
70 percent or more graduates taking the exam. Nebraska supports school mentoring and school-to-career
initiatives, giving students first-hand experience with many occupations while still in school.
Significant opportunities for continuing education exist within the state colleges
and universities as well as the statewide community college system. The colleges
offer a full curricula of occupational courses and provide a steady flow of graduates to
Nebraska industries. In addition, customzied training programs are offered to companies
on site and/or on campus. The University of Nebraska works with local, regional,
and international businesses to connect industry with university resources.
With the industrial
sector becoming more aware of the significant benefits associated with
the presence of quality institutions of higher education, Nebraska's postsecondary educational
institutions represent an important asset for new and expanding businesses. The colleges offer
a full curricula of occupational courses and provide a steady flow of graduates to Nebraska industries.
In addition, customized training programs are offered to companies on site and/or on campus.
The University of Nebraska system, with campuses in Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney, is a major center
for both basic and applied research. A statewide community college system provides specialized training
programs for new and expanding
Links to Colleges & Universities in Nebraska:
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Taxes/Incentives - Nebraska Advantage!
The Nebraska State Government is financed by an individual income tax, corporate income tax,
5.5 percent sales and use tax, corporate occupation tax, and selective excise taxes (liquor, tobacco,
motor fuels, etc.). Local governments are financed primarily by property taxes, although some
cities and counties collect a local option sales tax.
In cities with major retail centers, the city sales tax returned to the municipality is
about the same or higher than the amount of property tax levied. Local governments
received approximately $1.552 billion in state support in 2008-09 compared to $2.723 billion
in tangible property taxes levied for 2008.
Property taxes are levied against real and personal property by local political
subdivisions such as counties, school districts, cities, fire districts, etc.,
to provide for local services. All real property except agricultural land
is assessed at market value. Agricultural land is accessed at 75 percent of
market value. Personal property is assessed at net book value. Tax rates are expressed in
dollars and cents for each $100 of actual value.
Market value is determined by each county assessor through professionally accepted
mass appraisal methods, which include, but are not limited to:
- Comparison with sales of real property of known or recognized value, taking into account
location, zoning, current functional use, and other statutory guidelines ("sales
- Earning capacity of the real property ("income approach")
- Cost less depreciation ("cost approach")
Highlights of the Nebraska tax structure:
- Nebraska assesses income tax based upon the amount of federal taxable income
- No state property tax
- No inventory tax
- No personal property tax on intangibles
- No sales tax on raw materials when used as ingredients or component parts in manufacturing operations
- No sales tax on sales of energy for processing or manufacturing purposes
- No sales tax on water used exclusively in manufacturing and processing
- No sales tax on qualified agricultural machinery and equipment
- No sales tax on manufacturing machinery, equipment, and related services
- Sales and use tax refunds are available on qualifying air and water pollution control equipment
- Sales and use tax refunds are available on property qualifying for certain investment incentives
In 1987, the Nebraska Legislature passed its first performance-based tax incentive legislation
demonstrating Nebraska's commitment to creating a favorable business climate. The incentives have
had an enormous effect in stimulating business investment, industry expansion, and job creation.
Through separate acts - the Nebraska Advantage Act, the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development
Act, and the Nebraska Super Advantage Act - incentives have and continue to be offered
to both large and small businesses investing in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Advantage package benefits businesses with:
- Investment credits
- Wage credits
- Sales tax refund
- Customized job training
- State and local sales tax exemptions for purchases of manufacturing machinery, equipment, and related services
- Research and development tax credits
- Microenterprise tax credits
- Inventory tax exemptions
A list of qualifieid businesses for each tier can be found at
qualified businesses include research and development, scientific testing, data processing,
manufacturing, telecommunications, insurance, financial services, distribution, storage/warehousing,
transportation, headquarters (administrative), and targeted export services
(75% of sales outside Nebraska or to the U.S. Government).
Additional advantages in the Nebraska Advantage economic development package include:
Nebraska Customized Job Training Advantage -
Provides a flexible and discretionary job training program with grants from $800 to $4,000 per
qualifieid new job. Additional grant funds may be available for new jobs created in rural and high poverty areas.
You can design your own training or a statewide training team can assist with training
needs and assessments, training plans, curriculum development, and training instruction.
Nebraska Research and Development Advantage - Offers a refundable tax credit for qualified research and
development activities undertaken by a
business entity. The credit is equal to 15 percent of the federal credit allowed under Section 41 of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986 for research and development. The credit is increased to 35 percent
of the federal credit allowed under Section 41 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
if the business firm makes expenditures on the campus of a college or university in Nebraska.
Nebraska Microenterprise Tax Credit Advantage - Provides a 20 percent refundable tax credit
to micro businesses on increased compensation for employees or increased investment in targeted
communities. Applicants may qualify for a maximum $10,000 throughout the life of the program. The
credit is limited to companies with five or fewer employees, including start-ups. Credits
are approved on a first-in-first-out basis through an application process with the
Nebraska Department of Revenue. The credits are earned on increased expenditure for wages, buildings, certain
expenses, and non-vehicle depreciable personal property.
Visit www.NebraskaAdvantage.biz for further information.
Put Our Team To Work For You! NPPD's Economic Development Consultants can assist you in
understanding the benefits of these programs and guide you through the application process.
In addition to these benefits, many communities have local economic development programs, which may be
applicable to your project.
If you would like more information on the advantages of living and working in Nebraska, contact us by calling (800) 282-6773 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional
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Nebraska, the first state to be served totally by digital switching, continues to be served by one
of the nation's most advanced telecommunications networks.
Nebraska is rich in dark and lit fiber. Nebraska has many facility-based InterExchange Carriers
with fiber routes traversing the state - each with multiple Points of Presence (POP)
for access to their networks.
Most of Nebraska's communities are served by multiple broadband Internet service providers.
DSL broadband access is available in all telephone exchanges with many communities having
additional services from cable and fixed wireless providers. Private line
broadband access is available anywhere in the state.
Nebraska's vast fiber optic network allows the majority of Nebraska's high schools
to connect to full motion, full presence, video Distance Learning (education) Networks. These
same networks connect the school districts to the community college, state college,
and the University of Nebraska systems.
All of Nebraska's not-for-profit and public hospitals, public health departments, and bio-terrorism
labs are connected to a private, secure, digital telehealth backbone (the
Nebraska Telehealth Network).
Nebraska is served by 17 daily and more than 175 weekly or semiweekly newspapers along
with approximately 120 radio stations and 13 television stations. These figures do
not include college newspapers and private radio and television stations.
NewsLink - Newspapers of the World
USNPL Nebraska Newspaper Listing
50 States.com - Nebraska
World Newspapers.com - Nebraska
Online Newspapers - Nebraska
Newslink - Radio
On The Radio - Nebraska
SHG Resources - Nebraska
Official USA Stations - Nebraska
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Newslink - Television
USNPL Nebraska Television Listing
Official USA TV - Nebraska
Utilities - Public Power in Nebraska
Energy costs are often a considerable part of any business's operational budget. These costs can vary
greatly between states, but in Nebraska (the only state in the nation where all electric utilities are
publicly owned) electric costs are passed to consumers at low cost-of-service rates. As a result, the state
claims industrial rates well below the national average. Nebraska electric
utilities are able to offer low rates, in part, because they draw from a balanced and efficient "mix"
of generation resources. This mix includes coal, natural gas, oil, diesel, and
methane along with carbon-free generation like nuclear, wind power, and hydropower.
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is the state's largest electric generating utility with a
chartered service territory that includes 91 of Nebraska's 93 counties. NPPD relies upon nine
major generating facilities, more than 5,000 miles of high-voltage power lines, approximately
260 substations, and thousands more miles of distribution lines. Because the system is
interconnected to electrical grids in other states, NPPD works with regional utilities
and industry entities to ensure power is delivered safely and dependably to Nebraskans.
NPPD is the state's leader in generating electricity with renewable resources. NPPD owns and operates
three hydropower facilities and a 36-turbine, 60-megawatt wind energy facility. NPPD has
invested millions in the state's development of wind power during the past 13 years. Knowing
that it would be more economical for ratepayers, NPPD recently signed 20-year, multi-million-dollar
agreements with private wind developers to purchase power generated from community-based, wind-powered
generation facilities. In addition, NPPD continues to explore other opportunities
to add more wind power to its generation portfolio in the next 10 years.
With a proven not-for-profit power system, strong infrastructure, a commitment
to renewable energy, and a plan for meeting customer's needs well into the
future, Nebraska's public power utilities help make Nebraska an excellent
location for industries.
Natural gas in Nebraska is also attractive to industry for service, supply, and price. A gas-producing
state, Nebraska is close and well-connected by pipeline to the major gas fields of the central
and southern plains. The state's average cost of industrial gas is less than
both the regional and national averages.
The pipelines of two major companies, Northern Natural Gas and Kinder Morgan, provide
an ample supply of natural gas to most areas of Nebraska. Depending on usage requirements, natural gas is
offered both on a "firm" and "interruptible" basis.
Nebraska's public power utilities assist the state in attracting new companies and help existing
businesses grow through economic development activities, affordable energy rates, and high quality service.
Utility personnel provide guidance to help customers reduce energy costs by using energy wisely and
providing information on energy-related resources available within their communities.
Nebraska's diverse generation mix of coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydro, wind and methane provide a
stable and consistent supply of electricity. The state's utilities collectively plan for future
generation needs and partner with one another in the construction of new facilities.
Learn more about public power today...
It's Your Power - website
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