The Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation passed a significant milestone last week when it became part of the Greater Omaha Development Partnership.
The new partnership was announced at a press conference at The Keeping Room on Oct. 22.
The Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership connects six counties in eastern Nebraska, along with Iowa’s Pottawattamie County, into a regional force that represents 44 percent of Nebraska’s population.
According to David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, the new partnership will help NCAEDC extend its reach and provide better service for companies who may want to relocate to the region.
Brown said the partnership has done about $10 billion in approximately 900 projects
in the region in the past 15 years.
He noted recent additions to the region, such as the
Facebook data center in
Sarpy County, the Google operations in Council Bluffs and Sarpy County, and the new Costco chicken processing plant in Fremont, during his remarks at the press conference.
“It’s been a long-term goal of mine to make this happen,” said Jason Esser, NCAEDC board chair. “Otoe County will be a great fit for the partnership.”
Nebraska City Mayor Bryan Bequette credited the people of Nebraska City and their ability to preserve their heritage while creating change as one of the area’s greatest resources.
Bequette, Esser, Brown and NCAEDC Executive Director Dan Mauk toasted the new partnership with Kimmel cider at the conclusion of the press conference.
Amy Allgood, Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce executive director, was out of town at the Nebraska State Tourism Conference last week and did not attend the press conference.
She provided the following statement to the News-Press:
“I believe the entire business community will benefit from future successes we have with this partnership.  
“More business equals more jobs for our community as well as potential members for NCTC.”