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Public Power Communities Shine the Light on Innovation

Mark Crawford (Q1 2015)
Public power utilities, which are owned by the communities they serve, have an inherent interest in helping those communities to innovate and prosper. More

Regional Report: Tax and Incentives Advantages in Plains States’ Encourage Investment in Renewable Energy and Life Sciences

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s Kansas home is blown away by a powerful tornado. Today, this prairie state is harnessing its wind power for economic development gain. And, the generally low tax environment and plentiful incentives are encouraging investment in renewable energy, life sciences, other R&D throughout all of the plains states. More

Nebraska Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Nebraska's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Public Power Communities: Future-Focused

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2014)
America’s public power communities are places where local governments and other public entities have taken charge to deliver services their communities need to prosper. More

Primer: The Impact of Taxes & Incentives on Data Center Locations

Chris Schastok, Vice President, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE, Inc. (Q1 2014)
Many states and communities are using incentives to lure data centers and establish clusters of these facilities, which, in turn, stand to benefit from tax breaks and cash grants for necessary infrastructure improvements. More

Regional Report: Energy Sector Bringing Jobs and Wealth to Plains States

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)
Winners of numerous accolades, the Plains States are garnering investment across diverse industry sectors and growing their economies. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #8: Existing Facilities Satisfy Demand for a Quick Project Turn-Around

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The economic downturn left a lot of available buildings on the marketplace, although not all have the infrastructure needed by specialized firms. This is the third in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Plains States MSAs

Area Development Special Presentation (August 2013)
The Plains States of Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota point to their business-friendly environment while touting their economic success. The Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN, MSA ranks first among the region’s Leading Locations — and is also second among all mid-size cities. More

NEBRASKA at a glance

POPULATION: 1,826,341 (2010)

LABOR FORCE: 1,025,400 (2013 annual average)


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES: Agriculture, manufacturing

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Food processing, healthcare, telecommunications, machinery manufacturing

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 28.1% (2012)

Corporate Income Tax: 5.58 percent on the first $100,000 and 7.81 percent on income of more than $50,000; based on federal taxable income attributable to Nebraska operations

Corporate Organization Filing Fees: Based on firm's paid-up capital stock; rate ranges from $60 for $10,000 or less of authorized capital stock to $300 for more than $100,000 plus $3 per $1,000 in excess of $100,000; annual occupation tax also assessed

Sales Tax: 5.5 percent sales tax on gross receipts from retail sales and rental of tangible personal property; certain utilities; admissions; producing, fabricating, processing, printing, or imprinting; and lodging rentals for short periods

Use Tax: Tax on storage, use, or consumption of tangible personal property purchased at retail when the sales tax has not been paid

Property Tax: Levied by county and municipal subdivisions, including school districts; all property assessed at 100 percent of actual value; industrial sites located outside Nebraska cities normally taxed at a lower rate than property within city limits


Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (low-interest financing)

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority

Economic Development Loan Program

Nebraska Development Finance Service (low-interest financing)

Nebraska Energy Fund

Small Business Innovation Research Program

Statewide SBA 504

Local development corporations

Skill Training Employment Program

Heartland Capital Fund Limited (seed capital)

Nebraska Enterprise Opportunity Network

Community improvement financing

Nebraska Advantage Act (tax credits)

Nebraska Venture Capital Forum Program

Nebraska Internship Program

Business Innovation Grants

Site and Building Development Fund

Angel investment tax credits

Nebraska Progress Loan Fund

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Food Processing
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Rubber & Plastic Products
  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Printing & Related Activities
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
Source: Nebraska Department of Labor, CES data, 2013