The Economic Development Partnership

Our Steady Economic Growth
is the Envy of the Nation

We’re a region that excels at exceeding expectations. We’re home to more than 45,000 businesses, including the headquarters of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. Organizations thrive in our pro-business climate thanks to moderate taxes, low cost of living and high quality of life.

Representing a two-state, seven-county region, the Greater Omaha Chamber serves as one-stop for all of your economic development needs.

 

Omaha's Economic Scorecard

Download the 2020 Barometer to see how Omaha compares to nine other metros in terms of quality of life, cost of doing business and more.

We’re in the Center of Many Industries

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MedTech & Life Science

Home to nationally acclaimed medical centers and one of four biocontainment units in the U.S.

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Financial Services

Our business climate provides the perfect mix for finance to thrive.

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Logistics & Manufacturing

Our central location is the prime position to move people or products.

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Agribusiness & BioChem

Agribusiness is the core of who we are—a leader in food, fuel and water industries.

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Military & Defense

Home to more than 65 defense-related companies and Offutt Air Force Base.

We’ve Got the Goods for Economic Success

We attract business from a variety of growing industries. And it’s no wonder. The region offers many key qualities for economic success.

Go Ready Certified Sites

We have performed due diligence on a number of properties to better serve site selectors, reduce risk and optimize speed-to-market.

Low Cost of Doing Business

The numbers speak for themselves – our low cost of doing business makes Omaha one of the most favorable cities in the nation to operate.

Hard-Working, Educated Workforce

The number of college graduates residing in Omaha is 4.3% higher than the national average. That means we have smarts to go with our Midwestern grit.

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Taxes and Incentives

We work hard to keep the business climate friendly and taxes moderate, valuing the contributions that businesses make to our economy and our quality of life. Incentives are available to businesses of all sizes and a wide variety of industries. Businesses benefit from incentives in the following ways:

  • Reduction or elimination of payroll, income, property, and/or sales tax liability
  • Tax credits for job training programs and childcare expenses
  • Special financing, grants and loans

 

Additional Information
Nebraska Incentives
Iowa Incentives

Publications
An Extra Advantage

Seven Counties Working Together

We are a seven-county economic development partnership, one of the few who truly work collaboratively across boundary lines. We work to create jobs and encourage capital investment in the metropolitan region for the benefit of all.

 

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We Turn the Wheels of Commerce

Our economic development team is here to find answers and assist with a variety of needs, including:

 

  • Facilitating connections with funding and assistance agencies
  • Identifying buildings and sites
  • Providing detailed strategic demographic information
  • Measuring workforce availability and recruiting needs
  • Researching economic trends
  • Providing guidance for incentives and job training programs
  • Connecting you with the resources you need to move your business to the next level

Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones offer preferential tax treatment for investment in designated economically distressed communities. The Greater Omaha region has ten census tracts that have been designated as opportunity zones, located in Douglas, NE; Dodge, NE; and Pottawattamie, IA counties.

You can learn more about our Opportunity Zone at the State of Nebraska or Iowa websites. Or learn more about the federal program from the Urban Institute and The Opportunity Zones Database

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Available Go Ready Properties

Want more information?

Learn more about Omaha and how we simplify site selection and development.