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Gov. Ricketts Celebrates Big Jump in National Business-Friendly Ranking for Nebraska

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that Nebraska rose from #14 to #8 in CNBC’s “Top States for Business in 2019.”

“Nebraska’s six-spot jump in CNBC’s rankings speaks to the great successes we have experienced in recruiting new opportunities to Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Our pro-growth climate has helped Nebraska attract more new investments per capita than any state in the nation for three years in a row.  Consequently, we are hitting employment records every year, and helping keep Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family.”

CNBC’s full report can be found by clicking here.

1stEconomic Development Projects Per Capita (Site Selection, 2017 & 2018)
1stState Fiscal Solvency (Mercatus Center, 2018)
1stPower Grid Reliability (U.S. News, 2018)
2ndMillennial Unemployment Rate (WalletHub, 2018)
2ndAffordable Housing (WalletHub, 2018)
3rdTop States For Millennials (MoneyRates, 2017)


4thLowest Unemployment Tax (SBE Council, 2018)
4thBusiness Incentives (WalletHub, 2018)
4thLow Unemployment (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
4thLabor Force Participation (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
4thBest States For College Students (MoneyRates, 2018)
5thBest States For Business (Forbes, 2018)


5thAmerica's Happiest States (WalletHub, 2017)
5thLowest Electricity Rates For Residential Customers (, 2018)
6thShortest Commute Time (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
7thBest States to Find A Job (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
7thBest Legal Climates for Business (U.S. Chamber, 2017)
7thBest for Company Headquarters (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)


8thLowest Electricity Rates for Commercial Customers (, 2018)
9thBest States for Retirement (, 2018)
10thRenewable Energy Use (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

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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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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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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 is home to five Fortune 500 Companies

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