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Emmet, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/20/2014

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Emmet, Nebraska

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  Emmet is located on US Highway 20 between O'Neill and Atkinson, in the center of Holt County in North Central Nebraska. US Highway 281 is 8 miles east of Emmet and State Highway 11 is 10 miles west of Emmet.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Holt County .......10,43510,396-0.4%
Labor Market Population1.......33,76933,149-1.8%

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......... 1,354 223 1,009 1,633 935 132 5,154 49.6 %
Female...... 1,307 177 976 1,560 1,222 248 5,242 50.4 %

Total: 2,661 400 1,985 3,193 2,157 380

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 46.5 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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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9136,56020,155    
Total Employment.....980,6686,37219,628    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%2.9%3.0%    

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
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.25$27.77$45.86
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$8.42$12.87$17.02
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$9.86$16.78$25.25
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.94$13.71$19.88
Civil Engineers$20.46$38.06$54.54
Computer Operators$8.93$14.56$23.15
Computer Programmers$16.88$30.37$92.53
Computer Systems Analysts$24.54$39.72$92.53
Customer Service Representatives$9.13$13.18$19.16
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$13.12$17.83$22.84
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.20$14.78$24.64
Data Entry Keyers$11.33$16.76$22.56
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$10.12$11.45$14.30
Driver/Sales Workers$8.26$11.35$25.34
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$18.50$29.49$38.13
Electrical Engineers$27.04$36.49$48.23
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$7.90$9.35$11.72
Industrial Engineers$25.12$34.53$46.36
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.30$17.73$23.12
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$11.19$13.92$18.71
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$8.63$12.46$17.88
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$13.54$17.00$19.28
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$15.90$19.88$24.65
Mechanical Engineers$20.24$30.01$43.16
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$20.22$28.19$35.72
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$12.05$15.54$18.48
Nursing Assistants$9.63$11.09$14.13
Office Clerks, General$8.29$11.38$16.63
Packers and Packagers, Hand$8.23$13.07$16.91
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.47$11.73$15.65
Registered Nurses$19.63$25.00$34.12
Retail Salespersons$8.13$9.68$17.66
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.35$12.54$18.13
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$9.76$14.37$19.07
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.06$9.74$15.09
Tool and Die Makers$16.63$21.12$23.83
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$11.57$18.27$24.13
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.89$16.48$30.12
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$11.76$16.02$24.01
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$14.44$17.24$19.20

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


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....1
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 80 (I-80)115
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....US Highway 281 near Grand Island100

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:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....201N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....220N/A1 Day
Chicago.....669N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....758N/A2-3 days
Denver.....486N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....384N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1497N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....440N/A1-2 days
New York.....1433N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....635N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Trucking firms within 10 miles include: Anson's Feed & Trucking and Oppliger Trucking in Atkinson and Brown Truck Line in O'Neill.

Distance to nearest public airport.....10 minute(s)
Elevation.....2,031 feet
Length of longest runway.....4,400 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....114 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 205
Kansas City International 367
Denver International 479

John L Baker Field, facility, 10 miles away, includes 2 runways, 100 low lead fuel, beacon, VOR, overnight hangar storage, overnight lodging, next day air freight, wind sock, wind tee, major and minor repair, tie down, terminal, and automated weather service.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 8 mile(s)
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....83 mile(s)

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - Econ Dev: 800-282-6773 or 24-Hours: 877-275-6773
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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 or by calling (800) 282-6773. Further information can be found online @ Utility information can be found @

Wholesale Supplier: Nebraska Public Power District
Additional Comments: Emmet is provided electric service by NPPD's 12.5 kV substation with one incoming feed at 12.5 kV and one outgoing feed at a voltage of 4.16kV. Three 150 kVA transformers supply the community. These substations are tied into the statewide grid system.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....SourceGas

Natural gas is supplied to Emmet by SourceGas Distribution, LLC. The transmission provider is Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission. Natural gas is available for residential and commercial uses. Availability of natural gas for industrial uses is subject to individual situations. As specific requirements of an industrial prospect become available, information on gas service availability and applicable rates can be obtained from SourceGas's customer service center at 800-563-0012.


Municipal water systems are not available in Emmet. Individual wells provide water to residents.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Village of Emmet
Type of Service.....lagoon

Emmet has a municipal sanitary sewerage system with a two-cell lagoon system.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Qwest

Emmets telecommunications services are provided by Qwest with a digital central office fed by a sel-healing fiber ring. Qwest uses a DMS 10 switch. Fiber is placed based on customer needs and services. In addition to local exchange service, the O'Neill central office provides DSL, telecommunications services, including but not limited to business lines, long distance, frame relay, MPLS, private line (DS-1 to OC-192), Internet, voice and data equipment, and professional services. Diverse routing is available, contingent on funding approval. Technicians and networking personnel reside in O'Neill, providing 24-hour on-call service.

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Actual Valuation of City: $1,293,682 (year 2011)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2011
Total Real Property.......$2.0103570

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2011

All real property is subject to tax at market value. Agricultural land is valued at 72 percent of its market value. Personal property that is used in a trade or business and is depreciable is subject to tax at its "net book value. All other personal property is exempt from taxation.

Type of Government..... Village Board
Comprehensive City Plan..... No, (year)
City Manager..... No
City Engineer..... No
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... No
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... No
Percent of Streets Paved..... 96 %
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 39
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 58-9

Emmet is 8 miles from O'Neill, the county seat of Holt County. The Gratton Township Library in O'Neill contains 36,126 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 97,341. The library is part of the Nebraska Interlibrary Book Loan Program. Books and records for the blind are provided and six computers are available to library patrons. Story hour is held during the summer months and other special times during the year. The Atkinson Public Library, 10 miles away, contains 19,000 volumes and has an average annual circulation of 30,603. The library resources include 16 wireless network computers, green wireless Internet access/WiFi, online database, online circulation, die cut machine/dies, continuing education meeting room, LCN projector and screen, overhead projector, scanner, fax machine, interlibrary loan services, wireless color/gray scale printer, wireless copy machine, microfilm reader/printer, and big screen TV/DVD. Library activities include author book signings, book talks, humanities programs, summer story time, computer classes, sewing and quilting classes, book packet delivery to nine local daycares, school visits, national library week, Bub Blake memorial photo show, friends of the library art show, annual fun run, annual holiday silent auction, biannual garden walk, and dinner theatre. Emmet has approxiamtely 2.5 miles of streets; 2 miles are hard-surfaced with black top. Twenty percent of the streets have sidewalks. Street maintenance includes grading, oiling streets, and mowing the edges. Fire protection for Emmet is provided by the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department with 23 EMT certified and 5 certified paramedics. The department has up-to-date equipment including 3 ambulances. Contemplated changes in the department include updating equipment in order to accommodate the addition of industrial and residential areas.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....2
Public Tennis Court(s).....2
Public Swimming Pool(s).....2
Public Park(s).....7
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....10 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....No
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

There is the availability for hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, boating, water skiing, tubing, and tanking in a variety of places within 60 minutes of Emmet. The Cowboy Trail, going through Emmet, is a great place to cycle.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....25
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....19
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....8
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....4
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....52+
Optometrist(s) / Ophthalmologist(s).....3

Avera St. Anthony's Hospital is in O'Neill, 8 miles away. West Holt Memorial Hospital is in Atkinson, 10 miles away. Both hospitals have up-to-date facilities with a variety of clinics available, surgery, cardiac care, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and an intensive care unit. There is also a nursing home and assisted living in each town. Valley Hope, a 75 bed drug and alcohol treatment center, is located in O'Neill.

Machine Shops in City.......5
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......2

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......2

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......1
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes

Number of Protestant Churches.......16
Number of Catholic Churches.......3

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......6
Total Number of Rooms Available.......185

Number of Banks in City.......5

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

These Community Services are located in O'Neill, 8 miles away, and Atkinson, 10 miles away. There is an active Chamber of Commerce in both of these towns.

Number of Manufacturing Plants in Community.....16
Number of Manufacturing Employees.....323

The above information includes employers within a 20 mile radius.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Christensen Farms
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 185    
Products/Service:Hog Operation Feedlot
#2.Business Name:St. Anthony's Hospital
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 203    
#3.Business Name:O'Neill Public Schools
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 125    
#4.Business Name:Holt County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 100    
Products/Service:County Government
#5.Business Name:Nonpariel Farms
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 100    
Year Established:1997
Products/Service:Potatoe Plant
#6.Business Name:Olson Industries
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 68    
Products/Service:Welding, etc.
#7.Business Name:Garden Fresh Vegetables
Service Sector: Other Services
Employment Number: Total: 50    
Products/Service:Tomatoe & Vegetables Growers
#8.Business Name:West Holt Memorial
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 88    
#9.Business Name:Good Samaritan Center
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 75    
Products/Service:Nursing Home
#10.Business Name:West Holt Public School
Service Sector: Education & Health Services
Employment Number: Total: 63    

Our Community: Emmet is called the "Biggest Little Haytown in Nebraska" due to the Emmet Hay Company. Haying has always been the primary industry in Emmet. Early settlers cut, baled and shipped native prairie hay as a cash crop.

Facts Book:
Emmet Facts Book (PDF)
Suggested Sites:
Holt County Economic Development @
Holt County Visitors Committee @
Susan Beckwith
Village of Emmet
PO Box 112
Emmet, Nebraska 68734
 Kirby Kloppenborg
Chairman Emmet Village Board
Emmet, Nebraska 68734
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
 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

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