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Celebrating National Outdoors Month in York County

Monday, July 02, 2018

York County has so many beautiful outdoor spaces where residents can go for a walk, ride their bike, have a picnic or throw the ball around with their kids. These parks, trails and meetings spots have a special place in our history and in the memories of those who call our area home. Since we celebrate National Outdoors Day in June, this is an excellent time to have fun outside. Here are a few reasons to grab your hat and spend time outdoors this weekend: #1 You can prevent disease According to research coming out of Harvard, spending time outdoors will increase...
Coming Together to Grow, Project Update

Monday, July 02, 2018

Coming Together to Grow Lisa Hurley, CEcD, Executive Director I wanted to provide an update on the duplex project that YCDC announced back in April. Since then, Prairie Fire Development Group has been working with the City of York on the design of the neighborhood, and they are now going through the final platting process with the Planning Commission and the City Council. The desire is that the company is able to break ground in early August 2018. The neighborhood, Vistas at Meadow Grove, will consist of 24, 3-bedroom 2-bath duplexes with 1 car garage (48 rental units), a club-house and playground...
Nutrition Services, Inc Breaks Ground on New Warehouse and Retail Building in York, NE

Thursday, June 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE YORK, NE - A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday, June 11, 2018 for Nutrition Services in York, Nebraska. This ceremony marked the beginning stages of construction for the design/build project that will consist of two main areas: warehouse space and offices for employees with a display area. Nutrition Services, Inc. is a homegrown business that began in York, Nebraska 26 years ago. The company specializes in essential show feeds that maximize the genetic potential of show animals.  In order to keep pace with company growth, Nutrition Services, Inc. is constructing a 30,000 square foot warehouse and retail building...
York County Encourages Homegrown Businesses

Monday, June 11, 2018

In York County, business recruitment is a common, traditional approach used to spur economic growth. While it’s true that the right company can bring in hundreds of jobs and have a dramatic impact on a region, in our global economy this process of courting companies has become more competitive than ever. This makes it important to also support homegrown businesses. York County Development Corporation supports local business growth In recent years, we have been using a wider array of tactics to encourage growth. Business recruitment is still an objective. But it’s not the only one. Instead of always looking outward for growth...
York General recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018

Saturday, June 09, 2018

June 8, 2018 Chicago, IL – York General (York, NE) has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. This is the 5th year in a row that York General has achieved this honor. “Whether on the frontline or in the top office, healthcare employees witness moments that can either inspire or dishearten them. That can take a toll on an individual and healthcare organizations must take extra steps to ensure that highs and lows during the workday don’t impact engagement or performance,” said Modern Healthcare Editor Aurora Aguilar. “This year’s best places to...
Media Release: Gov. Ricketts, Economic Development Announce Rural Workforce Housing Fund Recipients

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Media Release: Gov. Ricketts, Economic Development Announce Rural Workforce Housing Fund Recipients Tuesday, May 01, 2018 LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) announced the first grants from a new rural workforce housing program that was recently established.  Following a recently-concluded grant application period, the Nebraska Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act (LB518) is poised to support rural communities in their efforts to attract and retain a skilled, robust labor force.    “The Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act will lead to better housing opportunities in rural communities,” said Governor Ricketts.  “By serving the needs of working families and attracting...
Coming Together to Grow, the State of Federal Government

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Coming Together to Grow, The State of Federal Economic Development Lisa Hurley, CEcD,YCDC Executive Director   In March, I attended the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Fed Forum, which is the nations’ only multi-day program focused exclusively on programs and policies of the federal government that play a key-role in local job creation. YCDC and I work hard to keep up on issues that have the potential to effect York County, but I walked away with a few surprises. I’ll go into more detail below, but the key points are we need to pay attention to what is happening at the federal level,...
‘Opportunity Zone’ identified in north York

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Governor Pete Ricketts has announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury had granted approval of Opportunity Zones nominated by the State of Nebraska. And one of those zones is in York. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created the Opportunity Zones program to spur economic growth by supporting new investment in designated zones. Click here for the complete article.
Virtual Reality Has Come to York County, Nebraska

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Have you thought much about virtual reality and how it can transport you to a new place? In a way, that’s what the best movies do - they transport you to a new world or even a new dimension. Think about the latest Star Wars movie and how many children imagine flying the Millenium Falcon or walking on a mountain top with Luke. The sets are so incredible that they capture the imagination and don’t let go. But, what if instead of going to the movies, you could be virtually transported to that mountain top, look around, hear sound from...
Gov. Ricketts Announces Second Consecutive “Governor’s Cup” Victory

Friday, March 16, 2018

On March 12, Governor Pete Ricketts received Site Selection Magazine’s “Governor’s Cup” for the second consecutive year. The prestigious award recognizes states that have demonstrated the most outstanding economic development achievements over the past year. Nebraska received the Cup for having the most capital investment projects per capita in the nation in 2017. “On behalf of our state, I wish to express gratitude to Site Selection Magazine for once again recognizing Nebraska as one of the top states in the nation for business and capital investment,” said Governor Ricketts. “This is a testament to Nebraska’s world-class workforce and welcoming communities. Thank...
Coming together to grow

Thursday, March 15, 2018

As I reflect back over the last five years since my family moved to York County, many things stand out. I’d like to start on the personal side, and why we stay here. As my family has settled into the area we have developed strong relationships in the community. Both of my kids have found solid groups of friends. It’s been amazing to watch them transition to teenagers and pursue their interests. My husband and I both have a great network of friends we enjoy spending time with, but also can turn to when needed. These are our friends who...
Mayor offers new theory regarding LB 840 initiative

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Recently, a committee of business and community leaders (facilitated by the York County Development Corporation) brought forward (to the city council) a proposal that would put LB 840 on the May ballot. The proposal was that the city would allocate $400,000 from the general fund each year for 10 years, which would be used as a local business incentive fund as well as for housing improvement projects. The program would have a specific structure – outlined by state statutes – that would call for how the money is spent, how the decisions would be made and by whom. And it would have...
'Nebraska snaps back': Forecasters boost outlook for state's economy

Monday, February 05, 2018

Nebraska forecasters have boosted their outlook for the state’s economy and now expect the state will match the nation’s growth in jobs and income through 2020. That’s partly under the assumption that pro-growth deregulation and tax changes will outweigh anti-growth foreign trade restrictions and obstacles to immigrants joining the state’s tight labor market, said University of Nebraska-Lincoln economist Eric Thompson. Compared with last June’s report from the Nebraska Business Forecast Council, “it’s somewhat more positive,” Thompson said Friday while discussing the council’s latest predictions. He also is director of UNL’s Bureau of Business Research, which issued the forecast in a newsletter headlined “Nebraska...
Forecast shows languid farm income won't stall Nebraska economy

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

While weak farm income continues to be a soft spot for the state economy, Nebraska can expect growth through 2020 in several key sectors, according to the latest long-term economic forecast produced by the Nebraska Business Forecast Council and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Bureau of Business Research. Growing numbers of jobs in construction, agricultural processing and health care should offset weak growth in farm income, said Eric Thompson, an economist and director of the Bureau of Business Research. Although annual farm income will remain significantly below the peaks seen in the early years of the decade, it is expected to rise slightly through...
Agriculture Makes York County Ideal for Businesses in the Agri-business

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

With ag-friendly communities, an abundance of feed and water and experienced livestock producers, Nebraska and York County make an ideal location for expanding or relocating businesses in the poultry industry. That’s the message that a delegation from Nebraska hopes to share in Atlanta, Ga., at the International Production and Processing Expo, the world's largest annual exposition for poultry, feed and meat technology. York County Development Corporation Executive Director Lisa Hurley, Phelps County Development Corporation Executive Director Ron Tillery, and Scottsbluff Economic Developer Start Lah will travel to the expo in late January as part of a team that includes representatives from the...
Nebraska's population inches closer to 2 million

Monday, January 29, 2018

Nebraska's population continues to inch closer to the 2 million mark. Census figures released show the state added 12,473 people between July 1, 2016, and July 1 this year, an increase of 0.65 percent. That put the state's total at more than 1.92 million. Nebraska's growth ranked 31st overall by numbers but 20th by percentage. Among bordering states, only Colorado and South Dakota grew faster on a percentage basis than Nebraska. David Drozd of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha called it "another good year," even though the 0.65 percent growth rate was the second-lowest this...
Gov. Ricketts Highlights Success of Yangling-Based Demonstration Farm

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

XI’AN, CHINA – Governor Pete Ricketts applauded the news that the Nebraska (Yangling) Agricultural Sci-Tech Park is fully operational.  The 200-hectare project, also known as a demonstration farm, is located in the Yangling Hi-Tech Agricultural Demonstration Zone west of Xi’an in Nebraska’s sister province, Shaanxi.  Governor Ricketts broke ground on the Yangling demonstration farm during his 2016 trade mission to China. “China’s increasing demand for Nebraska’s 21st-century ag technology is helping our state’s manufacturers grow and expand internationally,” said Governor Ricketts.  “The Yangling demonstration farm is a great example of the opportunities that international partnerships create for Nebraska companies looking to do...
Barry Kennedy, David Brown and Wendy Birdsall: NAFTA is a key for Nebraska’s economy

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kennedy is president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Brown is president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Birdsall is president and CEO of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Nebraska and its economy are dependent upon free trade, especially trade with America’s neighbors. This fact was highlighted in a recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which found that Nebraska would be one of the 10 states most negatively affected by the United States withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement. That is why we are concerned by threats from the White House to...
In State of the State address, Ricketts unveils budget, tax plans aimed at setting up Nebraska for future growth

Friday, January 19, 2018

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled his newest budget and tax plans to mixed reviews. In his annual State of the State speech, he touted the proposals as doing “what’s right for hard-working Nebraskans” and for the state’s future. “We have to remain laser-focused on growing Nebraska,” he said. “That means cutting red tape, balancing the budget and delivering tax relief.” Ricketts delivered the address — the fourth and last of his current term in office — during a year when state tax revenues continue to lag and demands for property tax cuts are rising. The governor spent much of the speech reviewing the...
Coming Together to Grow YCDC Update 1.8.18

Monday, January 08, 2018

Coming Together to Grow, 1/8/18 Lisa Hurley, CEcD, Executive Director of York County Development Corporation   It’s the time of year when I reflect back over the last year. I’ve been looking over YCDC’s accomplishments since we kicked off our 2018 Investment Drive in December, as we finalize the 2018 YCDC Strategic Plan. 2017 was very busy in our office! We added a staff person, Bre Goben, our Development Coordinator to focus on housing and talent County-wide. Our successes as you read more below, would be our Marketing Hometown America, several business openings, new marketing efforts, and working on over 20 projects, some...
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Affordable Power

NPPD Industrial energy rates are 11% below national rates based on 2012 Energy Information Administration data. This does not take into account the fact that NPPD had no rate increase in 2014.

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York County is the home of sensational public schools and higher education opportunities.

The county offers 9 different K-12 institutions – all following the Career Pathway mode – and both York College and Southeast Community College's York Regional Learning Center for those pursuing higher education.

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Parks, recreational activities, programs and special events for every walk of life

Residents and visitors in York County can enjoy a wide variety of recreational opportunities like sports, dining, nature walks, literature and history, shopping, movies, and the theater. Just to name a few!

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Nebraska ... the Good Life

York County, Nebraska is a progressive community strategically located at the intersection of US Hwy 81 and Interstate 80, two of America's most traveled roadways, and is less than 40 minutes from Lincoln, Nebraska's capital city.

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Nebraska is home to five Fortune 500 Companies

  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Union Pacific
  • Peter Kiewit Sons'
  • Mutual of Omaha