It’s safe to say our Economic Development Department is The First Stop for All Things Business! Vetta
The Greater Omaha Chamber has a team of two dozen professionals focused on helping your business grow right here at home!
We are home to an eight-county economic development partnership including:
• Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation
• Mills County Economic Development Foundation
• Cass County Economic Development Council
• Gateway Development Corporation
• Greater Fremont Development Council
• Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation
• Sarpy County and Grow Sarpy
Working collaboratively across governmental boundaries, our collective mission is to create jobs and encourage capital investment in the metropolitan region which is a true benefit for all. And in 2022, we more than lived up to that promise:
• 61 landed projects
• $2.15 billion capital investment
• 7,871 new and retained jobs
• $112.4 million new payroll created from landed projects
Omaha was also chosen by MIT to participate in their Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REACH), where a diverse team representing Omaha’s startup ecosystem worked alongside other communities to identify and amplify key elements for entrepreneurs.
The REACH program provided hundreds of hours of education and support to business owners, helping them achieve greater success. In all, we remained dedicated to providing tools and resources to small and medium businesses throughout the community.
All this adds up to Omaha’s distinction as a place where businesses can grow and flourish. We are also a cultural hub, drawing creative and talented people from all over the globe. World-class museums, Broadway-caliber productions, dance companies and renowned symphonies are just a few of the dynamic offerings our community embraces.
That’s why the region is home to more than 45,000 businesses, including the headquarters of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, Omaha’s pro-business climate is perpetually sunny thanks to a moderate tax rate, low cost of living, and a high quality of life. The number of college graduates residing in Omaha is 4.2% higher than the national average.
That means we have smarts to go with our Midwestern grit.
And yes, while we’re smack dab in the middle of America’s agricultural heartland, Omaha attracts business from a variety of growing industries, like:
• MedTech & Life Science
• Financial Services
• Logistics & Manufacturing
• Agribusiness & BioChem
• Military & Defense
Out here, we speak business. That’s why our region is an attractive hub for international businesses as well. International trade in Nebraska and Iowa sustains over 710,000 jobs and creates more than $30 billion in imports and exports.
We are an ideal central location for companies to reach their customers quickly and efficiently. 9.2 million people live within 250 miles with average earnings approaching $200 billion.
Could your business benefit from our information or expertise? We can help! We also love referrals – so if you know of a company who is looking to relocate to the Midwest, let us know!
The 2023 YP Summit is back!
Coming to the CHI Center on Friday, March 23, the YP Summit boasts more than 1,500 enthusiastic and future-focused young professionals and is the largest conference of its kind in the country.
This year’s theme is “Our Next Chapter,” and focuses on professional, personal, and community development to help lead us all towards a brighter future.
And to energize you towards thoughtful action are two dynamic keynote speakers who know more than a thing or two about inspiring change and blazing independent trails: Symone Sanders-Townsend and Ben Nemtin.
Symone is an author, seasoned political strategist, and host of “SYMONE” on MSNBC and MSNBC on Peacock. Ben is a New York Times best-selling author and star of MTV’s highest rated show on iTunes and Amazon called, “The Buried Life.”
Each year, the YP Summit is where ambitious young professionals come to strengthen their network of business contacts and uncover new opportunities. It’s THE PLACE to network, rub elbows with Omaha’s movers-and-shakers, and connect with entrepreneurial-minded go-getters who are all focused on moving our great city forward.
In addition to the keynote speakers, there will also be exciting breakout sessions led by names like:
• Kelli Thompson: Kelli is a leadership coach and speaker who helps women advance with clarity and confidence so they can make an impact in the rooms where decisions are made.
• Nicole Bianchi: Nicole is an accomplished facilitator, speaker, and master certified coach with over 20 years of business experience.
• Leah Georges: Leah’s TedTalk, “How Generational Stereotypes Hold Us Back At Work,” has been translated into 18 languages and viewed more than 2.6 million times – a talk that was inspired by her presentation at the 2016 YP Summit!
You ready to get inspired? Get your tickets today!
Save These Dates:
March 02: Coffee & Contacts: Boys Town
March 02: CODE Education Series -New American Integration
March 09: CODE Employer Coalition – Embrace the Power of Employee Resource Groups – Developing ERGs
March 15: EEC: Cybersecurity It’s not IF, but WHEN.
March 20: General Contractor License Prep Test Class: March 20 – 31
March 21: VIRTUAL EVENT: Caffeine & Culture
March 24: YP Summit
APRIL 18: Coffee & Contacts: Floor & Decor
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