Earlier this week Governor Pete Ricketts accepted the “Governor’s Cup” for most economic development projects per capita in 2018 marking the third consecutive year the state has received the prestigious award.
“This third win in a row once again confirms that Nebraska is one of the best places in the world to do business,” said Governor Ricketts. “We continue to lead the nation in new investment, job creation, and business expansions. Our talented workforce, our great communities, and our outstanding leadership across the state all contributed to this tremendous victory. Together we’ll continue to work to keep growing Nebraska in 2019.”
At the national level, Nebraska’s victory is attributed to 118 capital investment projects in 2018 — which surpassed the state’s 2017 winning tally by eight and its 2016 total by 17.
During an announcement at the State Capitol, Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe expressed appreciation for the Governor’s ability to rally Nebraskans around a vision of economic growth. He also said partnerships were one of the main factors contributing to Nebraska’s continued economic successes.
“Our talent for working together is one of the great advantages that sets us apart from other states,” Director Rippe said. “Our communities, workforce, government, and economic development leaders have all been committed to growing Nebraska and creating a welcoming environment for businesses. There’s no limit to what we can achieve in the future.”
“Nebraska Public Power District’s Economic Development Team is proud to partner with DED and our communities,” said Mary Plettner, NPPD Economic Development Manager. “When Nebraska wins a project we all win and this award recognizes the hard work and collaboration that goes on in the state.”