Nebraska Presented Economic Development Award

June 18, 2019 - 12:46pm

Governor Pete Ricketts accepted an award for excellence in economic development on behalf of Nebraska Tuesday. Area Development magazine presented the Silver Shovel award to Nebraska.


The award is given to the second place winner among states with populations of less than three million. Area Development’s Dennis Shea said capital expenditures, the types of industry and types of jobs in the state are all parts of the formula for the award.  

“Nebraska has done an outstanding job and it competes very, very favorably with all these other states that are much larger and might be a little more…not attractive, but more competition, let’s put it that way," Shea said. "When you can do that and do it in a state of this size, you’re really accomplishing something.”

Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe said Nebraska has brought in a lot of new businesses, including a Facebook data center in Papillion.

“The governor says it a lot ‘that no company locates or invests in a generic place called Nebraska,'" Rippe said. "Companies locate in special places, they locate in meaningful communities and ultimately, the proof’s in the pudding.”

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