CEO Guide to Site Selection



In recent years, the Cornhusker State’s agriculture industry set all-time highs for beef exports and corn and soybean production, while manufacturing employment neared an all-time high. The growth has pushed state revenues more than $1.4 billion above forecast. Nebraska also continues to attract a growing number of venture capitalists and startup companies. 2021 was a record year for Nebraska startups that closed on more than $300 million in funding for 40 deals, making more than $1 billion in venture capital in the state raised in the past decade, according to Invest Nebraska. That startup momentum continued into 2022.

“I will work to grow our economy and give every child the chance to pursue their dreams right here in Nebraska. We have to fix our broken property tax system and cut taxes. We need to modernize our tax structure, expand broadband access and improve infrastructure across our state.”
Jim Pillen


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Nebraska Advantage Act: Offers credits against sales tax, income tax and employee withholding obligations. Companies may be eligible for a refund of sales tax on a project’s capital purchases and real and personal property tax benefits and exemptions.

The Customized Job Training Program: Provides employee training assistance to businesses that expand and diversify the state’s economic base.

The Intern Nebraska Grant Program (InternNE): Provides financial assistance to businesses that create new internships. InternNE can reimburse up to 50% of an intern’s wages, up to $5,000 per internship and up to 75% of wages or $7,500 per internship for those receiving a Pell Grant.


Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

Greater Omaha Chamber


NMotion announced in June 2022 more than $3.7 mil- lion in new investments to start and grow 24 Nebraska startups over the next two years, expand the accelerator’s programming and create an Omaha location at Millwork Commons. NMotion will offer investment, support, mentorship and access to in-state and out-of-state capital to staff small businesses and startups. Companies and startups that land a spot in the accelerator will receive $100,000 investment from NMotion through gener8tor’s venture fund and Invest Nebraska.


  • Facebook announced in March 2021 it will open a $1.5 billion data center in Sarpy County, which will be one of the biggest in the world.
  • Garment and shoe recycling company ReCircled an- nounced in April 2021 a new facility in Sidney.
  • Kawasaki announced in July 2021 a $200 million expan- sion and 550 new jobs in Lincoln.
  • Carbon black manufacturing company Monolith an- nounced in September 2021 plans to create 200 more jobs in Lincoln.
  • Pet food manufacturer Instinct announced in October 2021 a $180 million expansion and consolidation of its operations in Lincoln.
  • Sustainable Beef broke ground in October 2022 on a meatpacking plant in North Platte. The project is expect- ed to create more than 875 jobs.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln started construction in November 2022 on the Feedlot Innovation Center at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center near Mead.
  • Greater Omaha Packing announced in November 2022 it will expand by nearly 30% and add 275 jobs.


Four Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state:

  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Union Pacific
  • Mutual of Omaha Insurance
  • Kiewit

Other big companies with operations in the state include:

  • TDAmeritrade Holding
  • Green Plains
  • Valmont Industries
  • Werner Enterprises

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.