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Scottsbluff, Nebraska              

Date generated: 4/17/2014

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska

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  Scottsbluff is located in the southwestern corner of Nebraska, in close proximity to the Front Range of Colorado. Interstate 80 is 40 miles south & Interstate 25 is 80 miles south & west. Both are accessed by State Highway 71, a 4-lane, which has been designated as part of the Heartland Expressway.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Scotts Bluff County .......36,97036,964-0.0%
Labor Market Population1.......68,57068,8810.5%

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......... 5,144 1,075 4,209 4,783 2,602 325 17,813 48.2 %
Female...... 5,058 1,106 4,279 5,101 3,613 668 19,157 51.8 %

Total: 10,202 2,181 8,488 9,884 6,215 993

Median Age (2012):     State 36.3 years       County 39.0 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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Scotts Bluff
Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,91319,59135,862    
Total Employment.....980,66818,70634,245    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%4.5%4.5%    

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$17.79$23.53$41.00
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$8.27$10.75$19.08
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$8.17$15.16$22.83
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$8.59$14.11$19.04
Civil Engineers$24.02$32.93$61.76
Computer Operators$7.91$10.33$20.54
Computer Programmers$17.94$35.54$49.28
Computer Systems Analysts$18.39$30.67$48.84
Customer Service Representatives$9.98$12.87$18.75
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$12.10$16.03$21.99
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$8.72$11.74$17.79
Data Entry Keyers$9.56$11.88$15.00
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$9.46$15.15$20.34
Driver/Sales Workers$8.21$11.02$17.92
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$16.85$27.41$35.64
Electrical Engineers$27.47$39.89$53.20
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$8.93$10.84
Industrial Engineers$25.03$36.21$52.07
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$13.24$20.49$23.84
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$10.03$11.49$22.14
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$9.26$11.58$16.49
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$11.43$16.41$21.55
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.19$16.90$19.24
Mechanical Engineers$24.73$35.68$52.58
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.82$29.72$37.13
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$9.87$11.86$14.60
Office Clerks, General$8.21$11.26$15.46
Packers and Packagers, Hand$7.94$9.08$11.86
Receptionists and Information Clerks$8.46$12.06$17.08
Registered Nurses$21.24$28.58$37.64
Retail Salespersons$8.13$10.50$15.35
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$9.28$13.01$18.43
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$8.54$11.70$24.68
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$8.04$9.36$14.12
Tool and Die Makers$15.78$21.89$28.16
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer$9.67$16.00$25.76
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services$8.45$11.63$32.42
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$8.98$13.58$19.14
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$11.01$15.71$20.52

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

Population for Scotts Bluff County for 2015 is estimated at 40,000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Gering and the city of Scottsbluff are separated by the North Platte River, essentially forming one large community. Smaller surrounding towns and villages make up the rest of Scotts Bluff County. The average weekly wage for the Quarter ending December 2001 was $473.28. The unemployment rate for Scotts Bluff County as of January 2010 was 5.4%. This compares to a State rate of 4.7% and a National rate of 9.7%. Companies with unions include the City of Scottsbluff, Scottsbluff School District, United Parcel Service, U.S. Postal Service, and Western Sugar Cooperative


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....11
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....11
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 8040
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....U.S. Highway 26 & NE Highway 71

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.....4721-2 days1 Day
Lincoln.....4201-2 days1 Day
Chicago.....9371-3 days1-2 days
Dallas.....9603-4 days2-3 days
Denver.....2101-3 days1-2 days
Kansas City.....6111-3 days1-2 days
Los Angeles.....12094-7 days2-3 days
Minneapolis.....7771-3 days1-2 days
New York.....17104-7 days3-5 days
St. Louis.....8621-3 days2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

U.S. Highway 26 West of Scottsbluff is a four-lane almost to the Wyoming border. 26 East has been designated as part of the Heartland Expressway and will be a four-lane in the future. Nebraska State Highway 71 is a north/south highway that is a four-lane south from Scottsbluff to Kimball and Interstate 80, approximately 40 miles away. No local load limits.

Distance to nearest public airport.....3 minute(s)
Elevation.....3,965 feet
Length of longest runway.....8,280 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....3 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 476
Kansas City International 594
Denver International 203

Western Nebraska Regional Airport is located 3.5 miles northeast of Scottsbluff and provides passenger & freight service. Three daily flights in and out are available on weekdays. Direct flight service to Denver International Airport is 45 minutes. Airport elevation is 3,965'. A new terminal was constructed in 2005.

Community Served by Railroad.....Yes
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 0 mile(s)
Number of Freight Trains Per Day.....4

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Union Pacific

Scottsbluff is served by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Gering is served by Union Pacific Railroad. BNSF has 3 freight trains & 24 coal trains daily. UP has 1 freight train & 80 coal trains daily. Mileage to Denver by rail is 235 miles.

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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: The area fed by two 115 kV lines. Five main distribution substations, with a total capacity of more than 80 MVA. Two peripheral distribution substations capable of serving 3 MVA of load. All can be served from at least two different 34.5 kV sources. The heart of the Scottsbluff distribution system and the peripheral area distribution systems are served by 12.47 kV distribution lines. All substations and lines have been designed and built with future load growth in mind.

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

Natural gas is transported through a 16 inch transmission pipeline, with an operating pressure of approximately 700-1,000 lbs. per sq. inch. SourceGas supplies natural gas transportation to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers through 3 pipeline systems. Principal operations serve more than 300 communities and 243,000 direct customers in CO, WY, and NE.

Provider.....City of Scottsbluff
Major Source.....12 wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....100 feet
Average Capacity.....20,304,000.000 mgd
Peak Demand.....11,200,000.000 mgd
Storage Capacity.....2,550,000 gallons
Hardness.....390 ppm
Temperature Range.....50-60 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system is served by 12 wells, with the development of a new well field west of the city that should supply Scottsbluff well into the 21st Century. Two additional wells are located at the airport. Average daily demand is 4,083,590 gallons. Static pressure varies from 40-60 lbs. per sq. inch. Groundwater available for industrial uses. The water table has not changed significantly during the last 5 years.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....City of Scottsbluff
Type of Service.....municipal
Rated Capacity.....4,000,000.000 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....3,400,000.000 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....3,800,000.000 (mgd)

Aerated lagoons. Upgraded in 1991.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Embarq and Allo
Number of Long Distance Service Providers.....2

Full fiber optic lines. Centurylink and Allo Communications provide local and long distance service. AT&T offers long distance also. Traditional dial-up and/or broadband Internet is offered by Embarq, Charter Communications, Action Communications, and Mobius Communications.

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Actual Valuation of City: $741,011,897 (year 2009)
Real Property Tax Rates ($ per $100 of actual value):
For Year: 2009
Total Real Property.......$2.0277200

Bond Indebtedness:
For Year: 2009
General Obligation.........$0.00

Real property is subject to tax at its actual value. Ag land is valued at 75% of its actual value. Depreciable PP used in trade or business subject to tax at its "net book value." All other PP exempt from taxation.

Type of Government..... Manager-Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... Yes, 1990 (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... City
Public Library in City..... Yes
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 16
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 35
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 32
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 4A-7

102 miles or 310 lane miles of streets in Scottsbluff. 95 of these are hard-surfaced with asphalt or concrete. Truck routes established for trucks weighing more than 40 tons. 90% of the streets have curbs; 75% have sidewalks. Special teams in Scottsbluff include Hazardous Materials, Water Recovery, and Confined Space teams. Crime rate as of 2000 (per 1000 people) in Scotts Bluff County was 33.9, compared to National Crime Rate of 43.43 & State Crime Rate of 40.4.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 4
Middle / Jr. High 1
Senior High 1
Trade & Tech Schools 1
Community College 1
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 4

Western Nebraska Community College offers Associate of Arts & Science transfer degree programs. Applied technology programs are also in place. A Distance Learning System allows students to complete Bachelor's and Master's Degrees through Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska. WNCC's Center for Business & Individual Training provides high quality, afordable seminars, workshops & customized training programs. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing prepares students for Bachelor's and/or Master's of Science Nursing Degrees, as well as Nurse Practitioner Certification. Over 80% of nursing graduates find employment in the immediate region. Regional West Medical Center's School of Radiologic Technology is a two-year program and is the only radiographer education program in Western Nebraska. Platte Valley Bible College offers Bachelor's Degrees in ministry areas. Educational Service Unit 13 offers services to the handicapped. Region I Office of Human Development offers services to those with developmental disabilities.

Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....1
Public Tennis Court(s).....10
Public Swimming Pool(s).....4
Public Park(s).....23
Public Camp Ground(s).....2
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....10 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....No

Parks comprise 281 acres. Eleven have playground equipment. Both indoor & outdoor pools are available. Plans are underway to develop a new family swimming pool. Three additional public golf courses in close proximity. Bowling alleys, skate parks, indoor skating rink, movie theatres, multiple museums. Riverside Zoo located on 23 acres. Walking paths. YMCA.

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Number of Single Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 36
Number of Multiple Units Built in Last 2 Years..... 32
Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $650
Average Monthly Rental - 2 Bedroom Apartment..... $500
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $96,000

Percentage of home ownership is 60%.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....100

Regional West Medical Center is an acute care hospital serving western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, and southwestern South Dakota. It is one of only three Level II Trauma Centers in Nebraska. More than 40 medical specialities represented. Affiliated with the Heart Center of the Rockies and the Colorado Neurological Institute. Cancer Treatment Center. Behavioral Health Services. Home Care. Also serves as a training site for a family practice residency program through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Panhandle Community Services offers a wide range of health & human services with a sliding scale fee structure. Panhandle Mental Health Center offers community mental health services to 11 counties in western Nebraska. Numerous dentists, orthodonists, optometrists, opthalmologists, and chiropractors. Several veterinarians.

Type of Newspaper in City.......daily
Local Radio Station(s).......10

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......3
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......130

Chamber of Commerce.......Yes
Chamber Executive is Full-Time.......Yes

Multiple banks, motels, and churches in community. Basic and expanded cable, as well as Digital Cable. Two local television stations. Variety of radio stations. "Star Herald" is published daily except Mondays. Several papers available through home delivery.


*Western Sugar employs 790 during beet harvest; 225 at other times.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Regional West Medical Center
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 1,200    
Year Established:1924
Products/Service:Health Care
#2.Business Name:Aurora Loan Services
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 350   (Male: 0   Female: 0)
Year Established:1987
Products/Service:Mortgage Banking Servicing Loans
#3.Business Name:Vertex Business Services
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 380    
Year Established:1995
Products/Service:Outsource services for utilities / billing systems and associated support
#4.Business Name:Magnolia Homes
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 220    
Year Established:1958
Products/Service:Modular & Mobile Homes
#5.Business Name:Western Sugar Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 347    
Year Established:1912
Products/Service:Refined beet sugar, sugar beet by-products
#6.Business Name:Kelley Bean Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 200    
#7.Business Name:Packerland Packing Company
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 212    
Year Established:1984
Products/Service:Ag Products
#8.Business Name:Kurt Manufacturing
Service Sector: Manufacturing
Employment Number: Total: 146    
Year Established:1984
Products/Service:Machine components
#9.Business Name:Scottsbluff Public Schools
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 370    
#10.Business Name:Wal-Mart Super Center
Employment Number: Total: 450    

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......4
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available buildings:

Building 1: Midwec - Consists of 2 one story buildings on 9.3 acres. 23,000 sq. ft. prof. office space; 24,000 sq. ft. available for mfg. or distrib. space w/1200 sq. ft. of offices. Located adjacent to Regional Airport. Building 2: Former Wal-Mart - 111,400 sq. ft. Owner willing to subdivide. Located in Monument Mall Shopping Center. Building 3: Agromac Bldg - 233,000 sq. ft. on 50 acres w/18 acres contiguous avail. Many features. Owner willing to subdivide. Building 4: Agromac Small Bldg - 100,000 sq. ft. steel bldg. adjacent to above bldg. Rail spur through building and other features. Both located in Gering. Twin City to Scottsbluff. More details on

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......3
Details Available Online.......Yes
Details Available in Print.......Yes
Suggested links for further information on available sites:
Sites Available on LOIS for Scottsbluff

17 acres near Regional Airport. 53 acres east of Scottsbluff. More details on

Our Community: Scottsbluff is the largest city among several communities in the "Valley" area of southwestern Nebraska. We have a state-of-the-art regional medical center, a 2 year community college with access fo 4 year degrees via distance learning. The area is agricultural, with no traffic congestion. We have the best of both worlds - state-of-the-art technology in a rural atmosphere. We truly have "quality" of life in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Suggested Sites:
Twin Cities Development - Economic Development for the Valley. @
Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce @
Panhandle Area Development District @
Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development @
Western Nebraska Community College @
certified community

Rawnda Pierce
Twin Cities Development Association, Inc.
2620 College Park
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone:308 632-2833
Fax:308 632-3399
 Rick Kuckkahn
City of Scottsbluff
1818 Avenue
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone:308 630-6213
Fax:308 630-6204
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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