OMAHA – This morning, Nebraska received the Governor’s Cup from Site Selection magazine, in recognition of the Greater Omaha Metro’s contribution to the state’s overall economic development.
Nebraska was the number one state in the nation for new and expanded facilities per capita, owing to the millions of dollars in capital invested in Nebraska based projects in 2017. “The Governor’s Cup recognizes not only the winning governor,” said Site Selection Magazine’s editor in chief, Mark Arend, “but their entire economic development teams, and the many professionals throughout their state who work every day to attract new investment.”
Nebraska posted an impressive 2017 project count of 110; that’s 110 new businesses currently developing new business, new or improved facilities, and new investment opportunities in the state. This is Nebraska’s third year winning the Governor’s Cup for per capita activity.
Governor Ricketts points to Nebraska’s team efforts when it comes to attracting new business. “Take Costco. When they came to visit Nebraska, the Fremont and Omaha chambers of commerce turned out with over 100 people to welcome them. I was impressed, and they really impressed the people from Costco.”
Fremont’s Mayor Getzschman, who was also in attendance for the award, agreed that it’s a collaborative effort that creates success saying, “Fremont & Dodge county is honored to partner with Costco and Lincoln Premium Poultry. Over three and a half years ago, we collaborated with GDFC, this partnership, many governmental bodies, and a strong farming network to bring this opportunity to fruition. This project provides over $550 million dollars in capital investment and will provide approximately 800 jobs.”
The Costco/Lincoln Premium Poultry project is anticipated to have a $1.2 billion annual economic impact overall, and is one of the key economic successes celebrated at the award conference this morning. “Once again, we are extremely proud to be able to share this great accomplishment today,” Getzschman continued. “We look forward to the future success of the Greater Omaha Chamber & Economic Development partnership.”