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Posted on: April 3, 2018

Ranked Number 1 Again!

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It’s an economic win that has become an annual celebration: For the third year in a row, and the fourth time since 2014, Site Selection named Omaha – Council Bluffs No. 1 for new and expanded corporate facilities among areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million in 2017.

The award, which was presented Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Greater Omaha Chamber by Adam Bruns, managing editor, Site Selection, included analyses that considered such high-growth projects as:

  • West Broadway Redevelopment - West Broadway Reconstruction project aiming to improve the first impression for those crossing the Missouri River and entering Council Bluffs
  • River’s Edge – A Council Bluffs pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use design plan endeavoring to revitalize and invigorate the area by creating a newfound sense of place and community
  • Facebook - Construction of a new data center in Papillion
  • Costco - Construction of a new poultry processing facility in Fremont resulting in $550M capital investment and 800 new jobs
  • Veramaris - A joint venture between Evonik and DSM resulting in a $200M capital investment and 12 new and 130 retained jobs in Blair
  • Evolva - Long-term collaboration agreement with Cargill estimated at $60M for the production and commercialization of a new Stevia sweetener and other products at Blair’s biocampus
  • Big Ox Energy - A Wisconsin-based byproduct waste recycling provider planning to invest $60 million in a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Blair expected to create at least 45 jobs

Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Two New and Expanded Facilities in 2017 (Metros with population between 200,000 and 1 million)

  1. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
  2. Greensboro-High Point, N.C.
  3. Toledo, Ohio
  4. Charleston-N. Charleston, S.C.
  5. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, S.C..
  6. Baton Rouge, La.
  7. Akron, Ohio
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Lincoln, Neb.
  10. Des Moines-W. Des Moines, Iowa

About Site Selection 
Site Selection, published by Conway Inc., is the senior publication in the corporate real estate and economic development fields and is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC, at Site Selection's yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as "the industry scoreboard." The magazine's circulation base consists of 48,000 subscribers, most of whom are involved in corporate site selection decisions at the CEO/President/COO level.

About the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership

The Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership ( represents a six-county area from two states (Nebraska and Iowa) that includes Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Pottawattamie, Sarpy and Washington Counties. This seamless regionalized partnership operates as a one-stop, comprehensive resource, driving growth and championing collaboration.

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