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Alma, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/18/2014


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Alma, Nebraska

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  Alma is located on the banks of the Harlan County Lake, in the Republican River Valley. The business district is literally a "stone's throw" from the lake. Just 7 miles from the border of Kansas and only a few miles from the geographical center of the U.S. Highways 183 and 136 meet in Alma. Located 50 miles south and west of Kearney.

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General:
Last CensusCurrent Year%
2010
2012
    Change
Alma.......1,1331,132-0.1%
Harlan County .......3,4233,410-0.4%
Labor Market Population1.......40,64140,365-0.7%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2013. City populations estimated to be released July 2013.

County Age Distribution (2012) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 396 65 326 556 419 49 1,762 51.7 %
Female...... 378 52 284 534 400 65 1,648 48.3 %

Total: 774 117 610 1,090 819 114

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 49.9 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2012.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey

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Nebraska
State
(2011)
Harlan
County
(2012)
Area
Labor Force
(2012)1
Labor Force.....1,020,9131,89822,585    
Total Employment.....980,6681,83821,845    
Unemployment.....40,24860740    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.2%3.3%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (800) 282-6773.
Source: Year end 2012, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/28/2013.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Percentile
Median 90th
Percentile
Accountants and Auditors$18.12$26.48$47.55
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$9.69$13.68$18.36
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$8.63$14.26$26.66
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.92$14.02$21.06
Civil Engineers$20.69$33.83$50.64
Computer Operators$8.83$13.19$17.72
Computer Programmers$16.89$26.81$40.21
Computer Systems Analysts$17.67$31.98$52.38
Customer Service Representatives$9.00$13.53$20.61
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$12.72$15.89$18.76
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.15$13.13$19.20
Data Entry Keyers$8.23$10.24$15.62
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.41$13.88$20.60
Driver/Sales Workers$8.04$9.75$18.99
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$14.60$30.73$35.15
Electrical Engineers$26.08$32.71$47.59
Electricians$11.34$18.26$27.95
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.01$16.41$19.10
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$7.87$8.95$11.13
Industrial Engineers$23.47$33.04$46.68
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$12.97$20.04$28.94
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$10.21$12.74$17.24
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.67$12.53$17.19
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.55$15.67$18.63
Machinists$11.49$15.43$22.87
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.58$19.15$23.85
Mechanical Engineers$24.31$35.64$45.53
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$19.82$26.38$32.73
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.27$20.80$23.61
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$12.17$16.45$18.96
Nursing Assistants$9.27$10.98$14.53
Office Clerks, General$8.21$10.93$15.91
Orderlies$8.83$10.92$14.11
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.39$12.35$14.80
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.79$11.54$15.16
Registered Nurses$20.15$25.68$34.63
Retail Salespersons$8.08$9.71$20.29
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$8.94$12.94$18.63
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$10.63$14.51$19.22
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.06$9.79$18.44
Telemarketers$12.64$13.98$15.30
Tool and Die Makers$14.70$23.10$28.67
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.73$18.02$26.22
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.71$11.96$23.63
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$12.17$16.43$22.72
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$16.89$21.37$27.24

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Fourth Quarter 2013.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............5%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0

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Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
FederalStateCounty
INTERSTATE Hwys.....
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....2
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8041
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Destination
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Railroad
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....2401-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....1871-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....7041-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....6293-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....3831-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....3201-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....13964-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....6161-3 days1-2 days
New York.....14774-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....5731-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Air:
Distance to nearest public airport.....2 minute(s)
Elevation.....2,070 feet
Length of longest runway.....3,280 feet
Runway lighted.....No
Private aircraft storage available.....No
Private aircraft maintenance available.....No
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....60 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 244
Kansas City International 336
Denver International 341

Rail:
Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 24 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....3-5 per week

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: BNSF


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Electricity:

 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: 800-282-6773 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
  website - www.nppd.com
  email - econdev@nppd.com
  comments -
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), the state's largest electric utility, has a diverse mix of generation, including nuclear, coal, hydro, gas and oil, and wind. NPPD delivers power to approximately 1 million Nebraskans and has ample capacity to meet the needs of new loads. Nebraska's electric costs are among the lowest in the nation. NPPD's professional Economic Development Team is available to assist with expansion and retention of existing business and new business locations. Contact the Economic Development Team by emailing econdev@nppd.com or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online @ sites.nppd.com. Utility information can be found @ www.nppd.com.

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....City of Alma

Kinder Morgan is the pipeline supplier.

Water:
Provider.....City of Alma

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Alma

Telecommunications:
Name of Local Service Provider.....Frontier

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Actual Valuation of City: $39,170,984 (year 2010)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2010
City.......$0.4635060

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2007
Revenue.........$390,000.00
County.........$6,000,000.00
School.........$140,156.00

top of page MUNICIPAL SERVICES
Type of Government..... Municipal
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 2003 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 95 %
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 30
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 4
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 79

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Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11821:18
Senior High 11621:11
Community College 126,559

There are 2 Kindergarten rooms with 30 students. The Teacher/Pupil Ratio is 1 to 15. Alma is part of the Central Community College system, which encompasses a 25-county area. 2006-07 enrollment was 25,400 students.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....1
Public Camp Ground(s).....9
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....1 mile(s)
Camping.....Yes
Swimming.....Yes
Fishing.....Yes
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 4
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 1
Average Cost Per Square Foot of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... $112
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $375

Average Selling price ($) single family houses: 3,500 sq. ft. - 4 bedrooms -$170,000; 2,500 sq. ft. - 3 bedrooms - $150,000; 1,000 sq. ft. - 3 bedrooms - $60,000

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Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....2
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....25
Veterinarian(s).....3

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Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......29

Number of Protestant Churches.......7
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......3
Total Number of Rooms Available.......58

Number of Banks in City.......2

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......No

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Spec Buildings Available.......2
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes

top of page COMMUNITY NOTES
Our Community: We invite you to see for yourself what we have to offer here in Alma. Boating, fishing, hunting and golfing are just the basic features we offer. All this and more in a small town atmosphere with a great business community, all medical facilities and first class school system. These words cannot do justice to what you will find by visiting Alma yourself. Thank you in advance for considering Alma on your future plans.

Suggested Sites:
The City of Alma's website. Continually updated with more information. @ www.almacity.com
The City of Alma's website that features what Alma has to offer. @ www.almaisforyou.com
 
Local
Development
Contact:
Emily J. Anderson
City of Alma
614 Main Street
P.O. Box 468
Alma, Nebraska 68920
Phone:308-928-2242
Fax:308-928-2683
Email: cityclk@almacity.com
Website: www.almacity.com
 Steve Waring
City of Alma 
Email: cityadm@almacity.com
Website: www.almacity.com
 
State Contacts:Catherine Lang, Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-4747 or (800) 426-6505
Email: catherine.lang@nebraska.gov
Website: www.NebraskaAdvantage.org
 Rick Nelsen, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (800) 282-6773, ext. 5534
Fax: (402) 563-5090
Email: econdev@nppd.com
Website: sites.nppd.com

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